On October 22, 2013 Professor Vijay Govindarajan and I co-authored a blog about Discovering Radical Ideas for the Harvard Business Review Blog.
In the article, we outlined a five-step process to create a consistent flow of “big” ideas to transform your business for the challenges it will face in the coming years. Here is the beginning of it:
Innovation starts with new and novel ideas. Over the last 20 years, we have worked with many world-class brands to help find their next “big thing.” During the initial phases of our work together, it becomes obvious that they have plenty of good ideas. Finding ideas is never the problem — initially. The challenge is finding radical ideas consistently year after year.
When we surveyed over 300 global executives between 2008 and 2009, one of the primary concerns they expressed was their inability to compete long term without a solid innovation engine that can grow their top line. In order to do this, your company needs a process to source radical ideas that can catapult your business to new heights, open up new markets, or bring in completely unfamiliar profit streams.
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Building a Culture and Climate of Innovation – You Can Do It
Read part two of Jatin Desai’s interview with the Propelling Marketing Ideas blog. He focuses on Culture and Climate of Innovation. He answers the following questions
Read the interview here.
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My friends over at Innovation Excellence are always hard at work writing and curating materials relevant to those of us in the Innovation space. They compiled Top 50 Innovation Twitter Sharers of 2013. The names appear in no particular order.
Top 50 Innovation Tweeters of 2013:
• Paul Hobcraft (@paul4innovating)
• Kevin McFarthing (@innovationfixer)
• Ralph Christian Ohr (@ralph_ohr)
• Tim Kastelle (@timkastelle)
• Braden Kelley (@innovate)
• Greg Satell (@digitaltonto)
• Gregg Fraley (@greggfraley)
• Jeffrey Phillips (@ovoinnovation)
• Nicolas Bry (@nicobry)
• Jeffrey Baumgartner (@creativeJeffrey)
• Matthew E May (@matthewemay)
• Stefan Lindegaard (@lindegaard)
• Mike Brown (@brainzooming)
• Deborah Mills-Scofield (@dscofield)
• Shaun Coffey (@shauncoffey)
• Rowan Gibson (@rowangibson)
• Bill Fischer (@bill_fischer)
• Dave Gray (@davegray)
• Drew Marshall (@drewcm)
• Paul Sloane (@paulsloane)
• Jorge Barba (@jorgebarba)
• Calestous Juma (@calestous)
• JR Reagan (@ideaxplorer)
• Cathryn Hrudicka (@creativesage)
• Juan Cano-Arribi (@pull_innovation)
• Vincent Carbone (@insitevc)
• Sarah Caldicott (@SarahCaldicott)
• Eric Shaver (@ericshaver)
• Max McKeown (@MaxMckeown)
• Boris Pluskowski (@bpluskowski)
• Doug Collins (@innoarchitect)
• LDRLB (@ldrlb)
• Andrea Meyer (@andreameyer)
• Stephen Shapiro (@stephenshapiro)
• Marc Sniukas (@sniukas)
• Saul Kaplan (@skap5)
• Nilofer Merchant (@nilofer)
• Alex Osterwalder (@alexosterwalder)
• Graham Hill (@grahamhill)
• Jose Briones (@brioneja)
• Arie Goldshlager (@ariegoldshlager)
• Scott Berkun (@berkun)
• Julie Anixter (@julieanixter)
• Ross Dawson (@rossdawson)
• Ian McCarthy (@toffeemen68)
• John Hagel (@jhagel)
• Jose Baldaia (@jabaldaia)
• Frank Piller (@masscustom)
• Scott Anthony (@ScottDAnthony)
• Gary Schirr (@ProfessorGary)
Bonus tweeter Jatin Desai (@jhdesai)
Innovation is a vast, ever changing field. Keep up with some of the leading thinkers by following folks compiled in the list.
It is your turn. Share your wisdom. Please comment below.
1. Who do you follow on Twitter that is not on the list and what is their Twitter handle?
2. Where else do you gain knowledge from Innovation thinkers?
3. What is the most interesting piece of Innovation knowledge you have gained this month?
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Cathal Garvey’s home laboratory in Cork, Ireland, is filled with makeshift equipment. His incubator for bacteria is an old Styrofoam shipping box with a heating mat and thermometer that he has modified into a thermostat. He uses a pressure cooker to sterilize instead of an autoclave. Some instruments are fashioned from coffee cans.
RAVENS have a bad reputation. Medieval monks, who liked to give names to everything (even things that did not need them), came up with “an unkindness” as the collective noun for these corvids. Blake Hannaford and his colleagues at the University of Washington, in Seattle, however, hope to change the impression engendered by the word. They are about to release a flock of medical robots with wing-like arms, called Ravens, in the hope of stimulating innovation in the nascent field of robotic surgery.
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7 Lessons From Innovative Nonprofit Campaigns
Our first family business was selling computers with a retail front in Farmington, CT. My father and I bought a franchise called MicroAge(like Computerland). PCs were considered the commerce king and Apple was considered to be the hobby machine or for kids.
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