Listen! Are You Ignoring Great Innovative Ideas?

25% Of ideas your employees voice are never listen too. While on the contrary, you will likely be willing to listen to any expensive outside experts, who will kindly tell you what your employees already knew. By the way, the more you pay, the more likely you will listen. The Washington Blog post: “The troubling flaws in how we select experts”, gives interesting insights in why we don’t listen to our own people, but are willing to follow the advice of (less qualified) experts. Unfortunately, this article does not provide a solution to the problem. In this blog we explain where to start to address this issue.

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?