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Prioritizing in uncertain times

Don’t let uncertainty blur your outlook on the future. Bring clarity and focus, so you can stay productive and move ahead with confidence Want to take action, demonstrate your leadership, and come strong out of this crisis with creative solutions? Do you find it difficult to make choices, because there is still so much uncertainty? […]

Thriving in uncertainty

Thriving in uncertainty

Thriving in uncertainty is what I am good at. It is my job as an innovation expert. Yet, even I find myself being pulled in all directions at the moment. So, I went back to the basics. You have two options when things are uncertain, wait or act. Acting makes me feel better, because waiting […]

customer discovery during COVID19

Customer discovery during COVID19

How do you do customer discovery during COVID19? How do you test your ideas in these uncertain times when everyone works from home and nobody wants to meet you in person?  In this blog a few tips and tricks, and a list with online resources on how to do customer discovery during COVID19. The essence […]

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SBDC webinar: Innovation During COVID19

To come strong out of the coronavirus crisis, businesses must keep their innovation activities going. However, that is easier said than done. On Wednesday April 15, I gave a webinar on Innovation During COVID19 for the Virginia SBDC that addressed how to innovate as a small company with limited resources in a time like this. The […]

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Business as unusual – create innovation options to thrive

To survive the coronavirus crisis, you must adapt to the new normal. To thrive, you will need to create new opportunities that address the new normal. You probably know this. Yet, it is so hard to do. In a moment of crisis like this, you cannot afford to spend money on risky bets. Therefore, it […]

an innovation process that delivers

An innovation process that delivers results.

Let’s be honest, the innovation performance of most companies is abysmal. Lots of money is spent on creating a culture for innovation and even more money is poured into innovation projects. Nevertheless, the innovation unit is a cost center. As a result, in a time of crisis like now, when you need innovation the most, […]

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 perhaps mistrust. The team literature […]

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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 […]