Simon Sinek & The Circle of Why

Attached is a TED talk by Simon Sinek, who explains the importance of What, How and Why. These concepts are very relevant for innovation. Often, when sharing an innovative idea with someone else, we start with the what. What does the invention accomplish that currently cannot be done, or what can it do better. However, if you truly want to be successful, as Simon Sinek explains, you need to start with the Why. Why is it important to change the status quo? Once you have answered that question, the How and What will follow naturally. For yourself, and your audience…

5 Reasons why innovation needs structure

To be successful innovator you need a structured approach. This blog gives you 5 reasons why: five reasons why a structured approach is essential to innovation: (1) The weakest link determines performance (2) Innovation is not urgent today, but important for tomorrow (3) Incentives and rewards: Innovation is teamwork and not always successful (4) Improve your process (5) Want to be the best?

What Makes Innovation Management Different for Professional Service Organizations

The margins of many professional service firms are under pressure, because of technology, internet, globalization, or changing customer expectations. Cost cutting is one way out, but only gets you sofar. This webinar shows how innovation can bring prosperity to professional service organizations, similar to what it has done for many facturing firms. However, to be successful, requires an alternative approach to innovation.

Are Experts Better Innovators? Part B

It may takes 10,000 hours to become an expert, but fortunately, acquiring creative thinking and working skills takes less time. Unfortunately, these skill are rarely taught, and reading a book about creativity is unlikely going to make anyone more creative. The only way to learn creative thinking and working skills are by doing. Living and breathing these skills every day, is what makes an organization like IDEO so creative.

Are Experts Better Innovators? Part A

It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert, but do these 10,000 hours of learning also help you to be more innovative? Amabile found that creativity is linked to domain skills, creative thinking and working skills, and intrinsic motivation. Everything else equal, experts should thus be more creative, and creativity is the source of innovation, right?

The Innovation Potential of Professional Service Organizations

The department of commerce expects that 50% of all new employment between 2012 and 2022 will be created in the health and professional services industries? Is your organization going to drive this growth? Or are you currently in cost cutting mode, because your revenues are under pressure? To benefit from this growth you will have to innovate, but how good are you at innovating?

Healthcare Innovation: If Not You, Then Who?

Research and development can provide innovative solutions to today’s pressing health care challenges. The NIH invests a vast amount of money in research; basic and translational research. The centers for Medicare and Medicaid also spent considerable money on innovation. In comparison, the health services industry is lacking behind. If the purpose of innovation in health care is to improve patient care, who is going to take care of the innovations that impact the latter?

Legal (Breakthrough) Innovation

Legal innovation may not be main stream, but it certainly happens, as the yearly issue of the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer attests. The number of law schools that offer entrepreneurship and innovation courses is growing too. So are the number of legal innovation labs, such as the NuLawLab at North Eastern University and ReInvent Law at Michigan State. How about legal breakthrough innovations?

What It Takes To Be A Great Leader

Innovation requires leadership. What does it take to become a great leader? Will a 1-day workshops or corporate leadership training program do? Unlikely. Roselinde Torres, from the Boston Consulting Group, describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares three simple but crucial questions innovators may like to ask themselves in order to thrive as leader