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The Science of Success with Innovation Research

The Science of Success with Innovation Research | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

"She started her own creativity and innovation consultancy company to do what was NOT being done, – using academic research to improve innovation in companies"


Amantha Imber wondered why the research she had read was not being applied to help firms innovate.


What was the use of having a body of scientific research, including proven drivers to innovation, if it was not being used to help companies grow?


“There was a gap between academic research and what happens ‘in the real world’,” she says.


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"..staff need to feel a sense of challenge. They also need to have the resources to deliver."

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Six years later the consultancy she founded, Inventium, is advising some of the world’s best-known corporations, including Coca-Cola Amatil, American Express, Qantas and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.


Inventium won this year’s BRW Client Choice Award for best management consulting firm. The awards are run by Beaton and are based on responses from more than 40,000 professional services clients to ensure their independence.


...“People talk about trying to build a culture of innovation. From analysis we know what sorts of elements need to be present,” Imber says.

“One of the most important is that staff need to feel a sense of challenge. They also need to have the resources to deliver.

People need to feel that risk-taking is allowed and failure is not terrible, but rather an opportunity to learn.”


She says there are keys to transforming ideas into realities.


“Crush assumptions,” she says. “Whenever we set out to solve a problem, we have assumptions that fence in our thinking.


By deliberately crushing assumptions and asking ‘What if the opposite was true?’ you can significantly increase your  creativity.”


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Quite the success story. Congratulations to Amantha Imber and the companies she's helped be successful. ~ Deb

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Global Innovation Challenge: 160 Yr. Old Parent Challenges Freudenberg North America to Target Zero Manufacturing Waste

Global Innovation Challenge:  160 Yr. Old Parent Challenges Freudenberg North America to Target Zero Manufacturing Waste | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

"Freudenberg's North America companies are targeting zero manufacturing waste in response to a challenge set by parent corporation, Freudenberg and Co., during a recent internal Global Innovation Forum on raw materials and innovation."


Going green in the North America continues to be an important business goals for companies, including the long time global veteran, Freudenberg and Company.


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Freudenberg has a 160-year history of conducting its business with integrity and a commitment to the welfare of its plant communities.

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In an ambitious drive to reach zero manufacturing waste ...Freudenberg North America's 16 companies will pursue processes that focus on ...recycling, lower water and energy consumption and increased use of sustainable materials over the next decade.


"All of the companies are engaged in implementing processes and programs that will improve the environmental sustainability of their products and plants," said Leesa Smith, president, Freudenberg North America Limited Partnership.


"The confluence of new environmental challenges and this long-standing corporate culture is pushing our people to develop green industrial innovations that will help solidify our success - and the health of our communities - into the next century."


Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, in Plymouth, Mich., is pursuing dozens of technological innovations aimed at reducing the company's reliance on scare natural resources, lowering vehicle emissions, improving engine and transmission performance, supporting development of wind and solar energy and incorporating more recycled content in its products.


Some examples from the Plymouth company:


  • Low Emission Sealing Solutions (LESS) components use one quarter of the energy a conventional radial shaft seal uses, thereby reducing fuel consumption and lowering vehicle emissions.


  • FluoroXprene® fluoroelastomers are a unique group of newly-developed materials that bridge the technology gap between PTFE and rubber while substantially reducing CO2 emissions and energy usage. FluoroXprene materials are completely recyclable. 
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  • The company is also pursuing ultraviolet (UV)-curable sealants that will reduce energy consumption, lower Co2 emissions and reduce cycle times.


Read the full press release story here.

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Better Thinking by Not Thinking: Accessing your Unconsciousness - Liz Guthridge

Better Thinking by Not Thinking:  Accessing your Unconsciousness - Liz Guthridge | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

"Where do you do your best thinking? Anywhere but your desk, if you’re like most knowledge workers and leaders. And probably not at work either. Not thinking, but relaxing into your unconscious can produce better thinking."

 

Change colleague Liz Guthridge has a winner of a post on accessing quality thinking by simply not thinking for a spell.  Techniques of mindful meditation, rest (or siesta, as I'd prefer from my Argentine side), as well as just stepping away for a break can contribute to a fresh view and insights from the deep well of our unconscious. ~ DN

 

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Individuals tend to get good ideas while driving, exercising, reading, meditating or talking to others.

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That’s because we automatically tap into our unconsciousness to do most of our thinking. It doesn’t require effort on our part, as David Rock explains. Even better, our unconsciousness—which can seem as vast as the Milky Way—makes powerful connections for us.

  

...Offices are not brain-friendly settings.

  

Her steps to access include:

  

1. Quiet your brain. Start by putting aside all of the electronic gadgets that stimulate you and your brain. You also may want to close your eyes.

  

2. Let your mind wander. (DN:  Mindfulness practices teaches us to observe thoughts, but to NOT engage them.)

  

3. Put yourself in a positive state. 

 

4. Do something else other than work on the issue, problem or dilemma you’re facing. 

  

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Read Liz's post in full here, which includes my commentary on accessing both the Jungian appreciation of the unconcious and using tools, like the MBTI used at the second level of functioning.


~  Deb


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Innovators Help Business Change From Within - MarketWatch

Innovators Help Business Change From Within - MarketWatch | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

"Sustainable business innovation & leadership capacity:  The Aspen Institute's 4th cohort of fellows who promote business growth with a sustainable society launches."  


This program looks like it can make a significant leadership impact within institutions who desire to innovate in a healthy, sustainable way.  Aspen fellows are selected based on peer nomination.


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"There is a clear public call for business to create long-term value for shareholders, communities, employees and the planet. We need innovative leaders who can tackle this challenge."


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The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program today announces the fourth class of First Mover Fellows, individuals who are working within companies to unite business growth with a sustainable society in the products and services they are developing.


The 21 Fellows chosen this year come from a wide variety of industries including finance (Citigroup and BlackRock); energy (GE Energy); retail (Walmart); technology (Microsoft, HP and AOL); clothing (Levi Strauss and Nike); executive search (Egon Zehnder International); and advertising (Arnold Worldwide).


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The 12-month Fellowship...is built around the core themes of innovation, leadership, reflection and community.

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"The work of these remarkable business innovators demonstrates the array of opportunities companies have to achieve financial success and positive social and environmental impacts," says Nancy McGaw, director of the First Movers Fellowship Program.


The 12-month Fellowship, which includes three seminars, is built around the core themes of innovation, leadership, reflection and community.


The program offers individuals a chance to become part of a growing community of innovators who share a passion about their work and belief in new possibilities for business. It also serves as an innovation lab where Fellows develop the skills to make their innovations real and successful in their organizations.


The program offers both a leadership development opportunity for the Fellows and an organizational development strategy for their companies.


"Today there is a clear public call for business to create long-term value for shareholders, communities, employees and the planet. We need innovative leaders who can tackle this challenge," explains McGaw. "This Fellowship program focuses on how to build this kind of leadership capacity within business."


Candidates for the fellowship must be nominated by their peers.

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