Time commitment

Bringing an idea to practice requires you to make a time commitment, often in personal time. Successful innovators find ways to prioritize their innovation project, regardless of how busy they are. Whereas lack of time commitment is one of the most common reasons innovation projects fail. Blocking off time in your calendar to devote to […]

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Fighting spreadsheet managers

Recently I received a cry for help. “How can I fight the spreadsheet managers in my organization? They are killing our innovation efforts!”.  So how do you win the battle for funding with these spreadsheet managers? One thing is for sure, if you play by their rules, innovation will lose out. Instead, try to use […]

A workflow of the innovation process for new services

The workflow of the innovation process

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 outlook for 2020: Bringing discipline to the innovation process

What is the innovation outlook for 2020? I expect it to be bringing discipline to the innovation process. I foresee that organizations will take a serious look at their strategic plans, technology wishlists, and budgets, and realize that they need more discipline in their innovation process to obtain the desired results and to reduce the […]

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Centralize or decentralize your innovation activities?

Should we centralize or decentralize our innovation efforts? When the innovation process is up and running but without great successes, this question tends to come up. So, what is better? The answer depends on what you are trying to achieve with this change. In general, for professional service organizations, decentralized innovation efforts combined with centralized […]

Dealing with uncertainty

Imagine if the outcome of innovation projects could be predicted with accuracy, wouldn’t that be great? However, no plans or budgets are going to make an innovation project any more certain. So how best to deal with the uncertainty of innovation projects?

How to keep innovators

Innovators are curious and passionate. They are also easily bored and dissatisfied with the status quo. How do you get the most out of their drive and creativity, keep them productive in their job, and tied to your company? In other words, how do you keep innovators motivated, while not estranging other hard-working employees?

Don’t quit your job yet

Things are tough in your current job. As an innovator you have a vision of how things could be done so much faster and better. However, your management is not open to change. Worse, while things are stagnant you are missing out on promotions. This way you will be stuck in your current position forever! […]

Keep early-stage teams on track

Are your innovation projects taking too long and is the return on investment of your innovation efforts too meager? We have designed a solution to keep early-stage innovation projects on track, so that you can check out a maximum number of opportunities with limited resources and quickly identify the most promising innovation projects to pursue.

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? […]

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 […]