Need better ideas

Need better ideas?

When it comes to innovation roadblocks, one of the biggest problems I see firms cite is a shortage of new ideas.  My theory, however, is that there is no shortage of good ideas, but rather a problematic set of criteria used to identify them. When looking for ideas, management tends to look in the wrong […]

The cost of innovation

The Cost of Innovation

Innovation is a cost for most firms. That is a problem in this COVID19 crisis, because it turns innovation into a budget item to cut instead of the buoy that can help you survive and thrive. You may wonder if this is the time to take risks, when nothing is the same due to social […]

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?

Recipe for frustration

Frustration – 5-star rating This recipe creates long-lasting, deep, and full of flavor frustration! Enjoy it with any kind of innovative idea. Perfect for any job! The easiest recipe to get frustrated, with a rich aftertaste of disillusionment!

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? […]

Exploring the innovation journey

While jogging through the woods in Holten, the Netherlands, the area where I grew up, I realized that going on an innovation journey is a lot like exploring the woods. Something I often did with my brother and our dog, when I was a kid. That is however not what I had in mind during […]

Book review: The innovation biome

In his book The Innovation Biome, Dr Kumar Mehta sets out to debunk the myth that innovation is about the (1) Next, (2) Big, (3) Thing. It is not. 

Overconfidence as the biggest pitfall to innovation success and what to do about it

Overconfidence drives poor decisions. We humans, tend to focus on the evidence for outcomes that we believe and want to happen, while ignoring other possibilities. As a result, overconfidence is the biggest pitfall when it comes to bringing an innovative idea to practice. Now, research has shown an effective strategy to avoid overconfidence: focus on […]

An Innovation Fest for Summer Interns

How do you give your interns a meaningful experience in the brief period that they are part of your organization? Have you ever thought about the value of a (no-code) hackathon? A 2-days workshop within their internship in which they will get to experience what innovation truly entails? An experience that will make their summer […]

How innovation can prevent a burnout

It is well documented that burnout among professionals is a problem. Especially among clinicians, the high workload in combination with an enormous amount of bureaucracy, make that many are struggling to make it through each day. Did you know that innovation and improvement projects can help prevent burnouts? The size of the problem The numbers […]

The Value of Feeling Valued

Employees are the most precious resource in law firms, engineering firms, hospitals and all other professional service organizations. Professionals are paid well, and value their paycheck. Yet, just paying your employees well is not sufficient to keep them happy. As study after study has shown, employees who feel valued perform better and stick around longer. […]