Efficiency kills innovation

Efficiency kills innovation

Efficiency kills innovation. Efficient markets, efficient companies, and efficient employees are good for many things, but not for innovation. Efficiency is created by scaling, standardizing, and routinizing labor. While each of these efforts in itself can be an innovation effort, the relentless focus on efficiency will in the end kill society’s, organizations, and employee’s ability to […]

Budgeting 2021

Budgeting for 2021

Firms use annual budget cycles. Now, during this COVID19 pandemic, it may be the wrong way to go about budgeting for 2021, because it does not leave you enough flexibility. How can you budget for next year, while keeping maximum flexibility, go after new opportunities when they arise, make the most out of your available […]

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The Biggest Mistake in Innovation Management

The biggest mistake innovation managers make is taking the value of innovation for granted. We tend to assume that innovation is a must; the overall right thing to do. However, if you leave your goals undefined, you’ll lack the ability to measure and explain your progress. Without results to show for your efforts, innovation will […]

Outsource innovation

Outsourcing Innovation

What Parts of the Innovation Process Can you Outsource? Consultants can help with pretty much any part of the innovation process. However, innovation exists to help you build new capabilities and create new revenue streams; therefore, I don’t recommend outsourcing everything. If an external company can build your solution, then anyone can.  In order to […]

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Effective Innovation Training

Innovation training for teams Innovation, like most skills, is a concept best conveyed in practice, rather than on paper. In short, you learn how to innovate by doing it. The best advantage an emerging innovator has at their disposal is an innovation training program; one that provides the innovator with support, while making their idea […]

A plan b for 2020

A plan B for 2020

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? […]

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The right project at the right time

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 […]

Thriving in uncertainty

Thriving in uncertainty

Thriving in uncertainty is what I am good at. It is my job as an innovation expert. Yet, even I find myself being pulled in all directions at the moment. So, I went back to the basics. You have two options when things are uncertain, wait or act. Acting makes me feel better, because waiting […]

customer discovery during COVID19

Customer discovery during COVID19

How do you do customer discovery during COVID19? How do you test your ideas in these uncertain times when everyone works from home and nobody wants to meet you in person?  In this blog a few tips and tricks, and a list with online resources on how to do customer discovery during COVID19. The essence […]

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5 Innovation tactics to deal with coronavirus uncertainties

Innovation tactics help organizations and project teams to deal with uncertainty. And because nothing is normal in this coronavirus crisis, many skills that you need to manage an innovation project or portfolio will come in handy. The 5 innovation tactics that will be most useful: Focus on the problem, have your strategy guide your actions, […]

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Roaring out of the Corona-virus crisis

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?

New routines: 5 tips to stay productive while working from home

Our household has been upended by the Coronavirus, while I am trying to stay productive working from home. Our college kids are back. We had a guest who stayed, as she had to change her travel plans because her conferences were canceled and her company did not want her to fly. How to stay focused […]