What to look for when hiring an innovation manager

What to look for when hiring an innovation manager

Congratulations! Awesome! You are about to hire an innovation manager! If you want your new hire to be successful, you need to be clear about the job, hire a person with the right qualifications, make sure there is commitment from senior management, and sufficient budget to get things off the ground. For this blog, I […]

Time to innovate or close?

Is COVID19 the time to innovate?

Is COVID19 the best time to innovate? I would love to answer that with a resounding ‘yes’, but looking at previous research the answer seems to be more nuanced. Yes, necessity is the mother of invention. And yes, external events trigger innovation. However, uncertainty impacts how we make decisions and if you have never brought […]

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 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 […]

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? Ignore uncertainty Most innovation pitches sound too good to be true. The possibilities […]

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? In […]

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.