Process… just the mere use of the word can spread fear and panic in the workplace. This sad reality exists for a reason - 100% of companies unnecessarily suffer from a process problem. They suffer to varying degrees, but they are nonetheless suffering. The good news is bad process is one of the easiest things for leaders to remedy.
Frugal innovation is the ability to generate considerably more business and social value while significantly reducing the use of scarce resources. It’s about solving—and even transcending—the paradox of “doing more with less”. Frugal innovation is a game-changing strategy for an “Age of Austerity” in which firms are being compelled by cost-conscious and eco-aware consumers, employees, and governments to create offerings that are simultaneously affordable, sustainable, and of high quality.
La ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche a récemment préconisé de « mettre en place le suivi obligatoire d’un cours dédié à l’innovation et à l’entrepreneuriat dans toutes les formations de l’enseignement supérieur ». Il faut saluer cette mesure ambitieuse et nécessaire. Il faut également la soutenir.
Le magazine STRATEGIES organisait jeudi dernier son premier Sratégies Summit, nouveau rendez-vous annuel des dirigeants de la communication, du marketing et des médias, consacré à “l’innovation des marques dans leur relation consommateurs”. Jean-Marie Dru, Chairman de TBWA\Worldwide, en assurait le speech d’ouverture que je reproduis ici. Il y souligne le nouveau rôle des agences à l’heure de la ré-invention nécessaire des business models des entreprises, où les innovations inspirées par la technologie doivent de plus en plus intégrer une dimension communicante au service de la vision et de l’idéal des marques.
Cash will run low, clients won’t close, team members will leave, the product will have bugs, and the roof will fall on your head. There will be times when you seriously consider quitting. I’ve been there. But perseverance and dumbfounded self-confidence pushed me forward. Without perseverance, you’ll never reach success.
Managing and planning events can be stressful, and where there's stress, there will be mistakes. Some event mistakes are more common than others in the event world and some are more detrimental when you make them.
When you introduce the practice of collaborative innovation to your organization, you make the case to your colleagues that the approach will benefit them more than the status quo. Why might they agree with you?
In a final thought for the year, as we wrestle with getting our Innovation Strategies in line with our Innovation Climate; with getting our Innovation Technologies in place, the biggest hurdle remains adoption. How do we get people to collaborate. How do we get everyone to use the new idea management system? Well here are some thoughts.
Via Peter Verschuere
Last week I trained a group of junior managers on coaching their team. One of the topics on the agenda was giving and receiving feedback, another was practicing coach sessions. Even though the example in this article is about junior managers learning about coaching a team and getting feedback, it really is about building trust. In business it is equally important to understand how you build trusting relationships across cultures – chances are some of the people on your team or people you do business with, come from an entirely different cultural background then you.