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7 Essential Lessons From The Harvard Innovation Lab

7 Essential Lessons From The Harvard Innovation Lab | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it

Over the years, Goldstein has learned some important lessons about how to create an environment where innovation thrives. Here are seven essentials.

 

Be A Sponge

 

Innovators are intellectually curious and thrive on absorbing new information that may help their ideas. The I-lab holds regular programming and has a mentoring program to help innovators learn as much as they want to learn. Even if you don’t have the benefit of the I-lab, continually seeking out the information you need and people who can teach you essential skills and information is an important part of being innovative, she says.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 14, 2016 6:26 PM

Here's what Harvard students learn about how to create an environment where innovation thrives.

Lisa Gorman's curator insight, April 16, 2016 4:21 AM
It's a year for creativity and innovation is also on my horizon.  This quick read provides some insight into a few ways into this important space!
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Getting People to Believe in Something They Can’t Yet Imagine

Getting People to Believe in Something They Can’t Yet Imagine | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
What would you do if you had a working prototype of a revolutionary tablet computer that was receiving rave reviews well before Apple came out with its iPad? Cancel further funding for the project in favor of developing an updated version of an existing company product? In hindsight that seems crazy, but it’s exactly what Microsoft did with its prototype “Courier” tablet.

Similar fates often befall innovations within large companies. It is not enough to come up with next great idea. To turn that idea into a reality you have to influence people and gain their support. You must do that in the face of vast forces arrayed against innovation within an established organization, which include inertia, resistance to change, fear of failure, financial disincentives, and the tendency of people and organizations to favor what has worked in the past. Then there’s what might be the biggest hurdle of all, people’s inability to envision something that is truly different.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 12, 2014 4:10 PM

Leaders can, and often do, try to make corporate cultures more receptive to innovation.

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The Missing Ingredient for Innovation: You

The Missing Ingredient for Innovation: You | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it

Everyone in learning and development is obsessed with innovation right now — with leveraging new technologies and novel kinds of content to make learning work better. Yet few organizations are actually doing that effectively. According to “Learning and Development: Into the Spotlight,” a February report from Deloitte University Press business and human resources leaders report that corporate learning capabilities actually deteriorated last year. That’s likely because the tools of the trade have evolved, but many learning leaders are only beginning to adapt.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 10, 2015 4:19 PM

Innovation in corporate learning requires more than snack-sized courses, entertaining videos and gamified, social learning management systems. We may need to reinvent the learning leader.


Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 11, 2015 6:51 AM

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Ian Berry's curator insight, November 21, 2015 10:34 PM

Some good points here. The most innovative work though is gift/talent enhancement then innovation in work becomes a consequence because when people are bringing their best to their work innovation is a natural as breathing

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What Comes First The Customer, or Marketing and Innovation?

What Comes First The Customer, or Marketing and Innovation? | The Twinkie Awards | Scoop.it
Focusing on customers to the exclusion of everyone and everything else can kill a business just as easily as neglect.

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janlgordon's comment, December 15, 2013 11:40 PM
Marty Koenig, Thank you Marty! You are so right, if we keep talking to each other and following popular trends, it's very possible that we will miss the boat. .
Charles Rein's curator insight, December 17, 2013 12:15 PM

The Idea of the Customer comes first, then the plan to pull them into your market

Ray Beauchamp's curator insight, December 28, 2013 4:23 PM

"the purpose of business is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two–and only two–basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs".