How to stand out?

How to stand out in 2022

Given the pandemic and all the changes that are happening, how can you stand out in 2022? Many people would wish to have a particular magic bullet they can hire, purchase, or even acquire to make them heroes for clients and colleagues at work. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. To stand out as an individual, […]

Bringing rigor to the innovation process

Bringing simplicity and rigor to the innovation process

Familiar challenges? Below is a list of a few challenges innovation managers frequently mention when coming to us. For their innovation and tech efforts, they wonder how to: Prioritize projects among the many opportunities  Secure resources for these proactive/internal projects Get buy-in for the implementation All of these challenges are symptoms of the same problem. […]

Setting innovation teams up for success

Setting innovation teams up for success

How do you make sure that all of your innovation projects deliver valuable outcomes? How do you set innovation teams up for success? It has been the main motivator to develop our online T4|YIP program. Dr. Floor Blindenbach knew it could be done. Once the online program was developed, we then needed teams to prove […]

Law 2030 podcast with Dr. Floor Blindenbach-Driessen

Law 2030 podcast

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s Future of the Profession Initiative featured Dr. Floor Blindenbach in their Law 2030 podcast. This podcast focuses on the many changes afoot in the legal profession and implications for lawyers, law students, clients, and leaders across the industry. The Law 2030 podcast was started in 2021 and brings […]

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 […]

Lead change or follow

Lead change

With the coronavirus pandemic, change is a given. The question is, will you follow or will you lead change and take charge of the process and your destination? The time commitment will be the same, but the experience and the outcomes are vastly different. Leading change is much more rewarding than adjusting to change. The […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

SBDC webinar

SBDC webinar: Innovation During COVID19

To come strong out of the coronavirus crisis, businesses must keep their innovation activities going. However, that is easier said than done. On Wednesday April 15, I gave a webinar on Innovation During COVID19 for the Virginia SBDC that addressed how to innovate as a small company with limited resources in a time like this. The […]

Address fault lines

3 Ways to prevent faultlines from breaking up in a time of crisis

Is the coronavirus causing the faultlines in your organization to break up? For example, because one department is overwhelmed trying to manage the crisis, while another department is looking for meaningful activities to stay busy. Yet, these groups are not able to help each other because of different skillsets and perhaps mistrust. The team literature […]