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 […]

Building your team

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 […]

Why innovations fail

Create awareness, so you can get that “yes” to advance your idea

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 […]

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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 […]

5 tips to keep your innovation project running at full speed

You need speed when innovating. Nothing is as deadly for an innovation project as just inching forward each week, as that kills momentum, enthusiasm, and thereby the likelihood of success. How do you keep speed in your innovation project, especially if you are executing it part-time? Below 5 tips to keep your innovation project running […]

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 workflow of the innovation process In the workflow, […]

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 you centralize or decentralize our innovation efforts? When the innovation process is not performing as expected, 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 oversight is the […]

The Innovation Management Process

Innovation is a process. Like it or not, you won’t get results overnight. It can take months or years to bring an idea to practice, depending on its complexity.  In this blog post, I will explain why the innovation management process cannot be seen separately from its context, the roles to play, the methods available, […]

Putting together the unknown

Over Thanksgiving we got our puzzle board out for a jigsaw puzzle. This time it was a Wasgij (jigsaw in reverse). A puzzle where you get a few hints, but don’t know the picture you are putting together. It occurred to me, that there is a lot of resemblance between putting together the unknown in […]

5 Tips to make Artificial Intelligence (AI) work for you

Is your organization planning on enhancing your services with Artificial Intelligence (AI)? According to Forbes. Before the pandemic, 80% of enterprises were considering or exploring the opportunity. That is an extremely high number, unless ‘considering’ also includes just discussing the possibilities of AI on a Friday afternoon. 80% of enterprises The 80% mentioned in the […]

Answers as a means to learn

On our T4 training platform, we can see how teams progress by the answers they provide. One of the teams did not show any progress. So – in my role as their trainer – I reached out and asked what was going on. It turned out, the team had read all the materials, but just […]