Managing innovative self-starters

Innovative companies know that innovation requires self-starters. They also know how to difficult it is to manage these self-starters, as that can seem like herding cats. No wonder, that many companies are afraid of chaos and are not very keen on encouraging these self-starters. However, that limits their ability to innovate. Can you have both? […]

Exploring the innovation journey

While jogging through the woods in Holten, the Netherlands, the area where I grew up, I realized that going on an innovation journey is a lot like exploring the woods. Something I often did with my brother and our dog, when I was a kid. That is however not what I had in mind during […]

Managing innovation on a shoestring budget

When I was doing value engineering workshops and other idea generation exercises for the projects of Fluor Daniel in the Netherlands, I felt like a kid in a candy store. I am sure it feels the same way for many innovation managers, till reality hits. While there are plenty of opportunities, you have no budget, […]

A great idea or another shiny object?

The world is full of opportunities, especially nowadays. Your talented and ambitious employees know that. When they approach you with one of their ideas, how do you know they are on to something or chasing just another shiny object?

Validating new concepts

Validating a new concept is often a chicken and egg problem. You need funding to validate this new concept, yet to get funding – you need to have validated the concept. Do you recognize the scenario below? There has got to be a better way You came to the office extra early, because your manager […]

Onboarding early stage innovation teams

In your innovation portfolio, you need many early-stage teams. Yet, onboarding such teams can be dragging on your innovation resources if you don’t have the ability to process these teams efficiently and effectively. Especially because most of these teams are destined to explore only and won’t result in the new high-value offerings you need. The […]