Address fault lines

3 Ways to prevent faultlines from breaking up in a time of crisis

Is the coronavirus causing the faultlines in your organization to break up? For example, because one department is overwhelmed trying to manage the crisis, while another department is looking for meaningful activities to stay busy. Yet, these groups are not able to help each other because of different skillsets and mistrust. The team literature has […]

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5 Innovation tactics to deal with coronavirus uncertainties

Innovation tactics help organizations and project teams to deal with uncertainty. And because nothing is normal in this coronavirus crisis, many skills that you need to manage an innovation project or portfolio will come in handy. The 5 innovation tactics that will be most useful: Focus on the problem, have your strategy guide your actions, […]

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Roaring out of the Corona-virus crisis

Everyone in your organization is probably focused on dealing with the Corona-virus crisis. However, there is evidence that this is the moment to innovate as well. You may wonder how you can pull that off. What if I tell you that the only resource you need is time, at this moment?

New routines: 5 tips to stay productive while working from home

Our household has been upended by the Coronavirus, while I am trying to stay productive working from home. Our college kids are back. We had a guest who stayed, as she had to change her travel plans because her conferences were canceled and her company did not want her to fly. How to stay focused […]

Building your team

How do you go about building your team for your innovation project? What kind of people should you ask to join you when you start out? The answer is simple, look for people who share your passion for the topic or problem. That should be the most important criteria. First, because at the start, you […]

Why innovations fail

Create awareness, so you can get that “yes” to advance your idea

How to get a yes, so that you advance your idea? Awareness of the problem you address is your key to success. Most innovators overestimate the knowledge decision-makers have about the problem at hand. This may jeopardize your entire project, as without awareness, management will not give you permission to advance your idea. Let alone […]

Time commitment

Bringing an idea to practice requires you to make a time commitment, often in personal time. Successful innovators find ways to prioritize their innovation project, regardless of how busy they are. Whereas lack of time commitment is one of the most common reasons innovation projects fail. Blocking off time in your calendar to devote to […]

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Fighting spreadsheet managers

Recently I received a cry for help. “How can I fight the spreadsheet managers in my organization? They are killing our innovation efforts!”.  So how do you win the battle for funding with these spreadsheet managers? One thing is for sure, if you play by their rules, innovation will lose out. Instead, try to use […]

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Innovation, a luxury or necessity?

When I discuss innovation with service providers, they often consider innovation a luxury they cannot afford. In their mind, innovation is about developing fancy new devices, apps, etc and as such not a necessity. While in fact, innovation is simply a means to stay ahead of the curve. For some companies that means developing new […]

How to stop? 3 tips to prevent escalation of commitment

Sometimes it seems as if innovating is addictive. Once you start a project, you simply cannot give up. You have to bring it to a good end. At first, because it was fun and exciting. Later, because your reputation is at stake. Nobody wants to be a quitter. However, the latter could not be further […]

Invest in front-runners or laggards?

Should you invest your innovation budget in the front-runners or laggards in your organization? Should these investments go to employees and business units that are thriving or the ones that are struggling and need help? The answer is, you need to invest in both. However, for different reasons and using different selection criteria.

5 tips to keep your innovation project running at full speed

You need speed when innovating. Nothing is as deadly for an innovation project as just inching forward each week, as that kills momentum, enthusiasm, and thereby the likelihood of success. How do you keep speed in your innovation project, especially if you are executing it part-time? Below 5 tips to keep your innovation project running […]