In this post we’ll talk about customer integration methods that enable radical innovation. As explained in an earlier post (see “linking customer integration to your innovation strategy“), radical innovation is a long-term objective to identify and address new trends or latent market opportunities that might open up new strategic arenas for future business.
Ideas are a dime a dozen. Spend time talking to any relative or neighborhood acquaintance. Chances are, they have an idea for a great business concept. Everyone has million dollar ideas, but not everyone has the ability to turn an idea into a million dollars. So what does this ABILITY entail? Every million dollar venture began as an idea... If the IDEA doesn't matter, than what does?
If your team or company isn’t thriving with innovation, it’s not a big surprise.
In the book, Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of building Breakthroughs, Larry Keeley, Helen Walters, Ryan Pikkel, and Brian Quinn explain what holds innovation back.
Goofy innovation techniques are at least one part of the puzzle.
What holds innovation back is that many people still use goofy innovation techniques that either don’t work in practice, or aren’t very pragmatic. For example “brainstorming” often leads to collaboration fixation.
You've probably heard the saying "if you're not changing, you're dying." In today's marketplace, with the rapid advancement of technology, greater access to new data, and ever-changing customer expectations, it couldn't be more true.
There’s plenty of time for change management, once we’ve demonstrated new business models worth changing into. Exploring and testing new business models is strategy development before it’s change management. Business model innovation is a persistent and generative exploration of entire new ways to create, deliver, and capture value.
Far too many organizations want to "innovate" products and services, only to be stymied by their inflexible or unresponsive product development process and capabilities. For the last 20-30 years most organizations have spent a tremendous amount of effort and training to hone their product development processes, eliminate waste, restructure priorities, implement Stage-Gate and then test other philosophies like Agile.
Innovation is touted as the cure-all for business and economic problems but it isn’t a magic potion.
It’s a tricky, sticky process that many organizations never master. Becoming innovative requires companies to overcome their own inertia to win the goodwill of customers and front-line employees, develop robust communication processes so that good ideas bubble up, and enthusiastically execute on new ideas even when they know the failure rate will be high.
We’ve tested various activities and methods over the years, from team building to training, monthly team lunches to mentoring and pair programming. In this article, I want to share with you one activity that we’ve discovered huge benefits in, with the hope that you may try this concept with your team.
The idea of disruption excites some people and terrifies others. Consider the recent case of The New Republic, in which a new, disruptive CEO came in and vowed to “break shit.” The company’s top journalists balked, the brand was sullied, and the business still struggles. And all that for what?
Electric cars, solar power, and space flight. Entrepreneur and designer Elon Musk has made himself a billionaire using innovation and design to leapfrog the competition and he did it with seldom mentioned silent partners: state and federal government.
According to the LA Times, Musk’s companies have reaped an estimated $4.9 billion in government subsidies.
There’s a strange dichotomy in place in many of our organizations. It seems that most appear openly supportive of innovation and all of the fruits that it brings, yet many are also striving to get as much productivity out of employees as possible.
In such an environment, the kind of slack time that is often required to come up with ideas, and more importantly to develop those ideas, is seldom granted.
Remember Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers? He suggested that icons such as Bill Gates and The Beatles succeeded not only because of their sheer brilliance, but also due to investing more than 10,000 hours perfecting their theories, models, and performance techniques before they became overnight successes.
Every organization (large or small) has a culture. Sometimes that culture is intentional and strategic, and sometimes it happens more organically. Culture is evident in the attitudes, values, goals, and practices of everyday interactions. Some organizations have their mission statement or guiding principles printed visibly in the front entryway of their corporate offices.
With the annual software developer conference Google I/O approaching next week, many in the wearable industry are wondering what place Glass will have on the agenda, and to what extent Google will continue to promote its augmented reality platform. Glass was not a main focus during the 2014 I/O conference, however, that may change this year as Google Glassofficially became integrated as a division within Google this past January.
Idea management systems require more than just a collection of collaboration tools. Productive systems of this sort require some science in order to move ideas from light bulbs over someone’s head to scrambling to create a new way to manufacture light bulbs. Not only are participant’s actions contributory, but the nature of their contributions are meaningful and need to be acknowledged.
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