When it comes to innovation roadblocks, one of the biggest problems I see firms cite is a shortage of new ideas. In my experience, however, there rarely is a shortage of good ideas, but rather a problematic set of criteria used to identify them. When looking for ideas, management tends to look in the wrong […]
All organizations need a plan B for 2020. The pandemic impacted everyone, there is no way around it. The question is now, what do you make of this plan B? Will it be a shorter and reduced version? Or will you be looking for new opportunities and perhaps turn 2020 in the best year ever? […]
While COVID19 has made life challenging for millions of people, it also offers many new opportunities. How do you know yours is the right project at the right time? Is this the time to invest in a new COVID19 practice group? Is this the time to make your telemedicine clinic a permanent feature? Is this […]
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?
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 […]
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 […]
What are the most important phases, activities, deliverables, and decision points in the innovation process for new services? This workflow gives you the overview. Below, I also address common failure points in this workflow and the associated problems, consequences, and solutions so you can avoid them. The workflow of the innovation process In the workflow, […]
You launched an idea campaign. The results were fantastic. Lots of buzz around innovation and a boatload of creative energy floating around. A long list of ideas, with at least a few that seem to have real potential. What now? From idea to implementation The goal of an idea campaign is to get ideas out […]
A business case is rarely sufficient to get your innovation project approved. Let alone that a business model canvas will do the trick. To get your innovation project off the ground, you will have to do more than creating a plan.
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Innovative companies know that innovation requires self-starters. They also know how difficult it is to manage these self-starters, as that can seem like herding cats. Many managers are afraid of chaos if they let their innovators explore. Can you have both? That is, encourage self-starters and remain in control over the innovation process? The answer […]