Creating a Culture of Innovation in the Workplace

There were at least 1.3 million professional service firms in the US, who combined had in total annual revenues of $2.7 trillion dollars before the pandemic. In today’s world, to survive firms must be innovative. That is, develop services for new client segments, incorporate novel technologies, develop new service delivery models, etc. How can you […]

Supporting innovative ideas

Supporting innovative ideas

“We don’t put any bureaucratic tape around ideas”, “We give people the opportunity to take action”, “Anyone can bring up any idea in their BU or practice group”, sound like best practices for innovation to thrive. However, from our 20 years of research and experience, we know that is not how organizations should go about […]

Better support for innovation teams

Providing better support for innovation teams

I am not joking when I say that, pre-pandemic, the most common practice to provide support for innovation teams was to have a conversation over a cup of coffee. Checking in once every 2-3 months to ask how things are going certainly makes work fun. However, it is not a very scalable approach. It is […]

innovation myths

5 Innovation management myths

For some, the term innovation management is an oxymoron. In reality, innovation management is a domain that ensures that the best ideas and innovation projects make it to practice in an effective and cost-efficient manner. As a result, innovation management is surrounded by a lot of myths. In the blog below I debunk five of […]

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 […]

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.  In my experience, however, there rarely is a 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? In […]

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 difficult it is to manage these self-starters, as that can seem like herding cats. Many managers are afraid of chaos if they let their innovators explore. Can you have both? That is, encourage self-starters and remain in control over the innovation process? The answer […]

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 […]