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 […]

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? […]

The right time?

The right project at the right time

While COVID19 has made life challenging for millions of people, it also offers many new opportunities. How do you know yours is the right project at the right time? Is this the time to invest in a new COVID19 practice group? Is this the time to make your telemedicine clinic a permanent feature? Is this […]

Thriving in uncertainty

Thriving in uncertainty

Thriving in uncertainty is what I am good at. It is my job as an innovation expert. Yet, even I find myself being pulled in all directions at the moment. So, I went back to the basics. You have two options when things are uncertain, wait or act. Acting makes me feel better, because waiting […]

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 […]

innovation options

Business as unusual – create innovation options to thrive

To survive the coronavirus crisis, you must adapt to the new normal. To thrive, you will need to create new opportunities that address the new normal. You probably know this. Yet, it is so hard to do. In a moment of crisis like this, you cannot afford to spend money on risky bets. Therefore, it […]

Black Friday sale – Expired

  This sale offer has expired   We have a Black Friday sale offer for you! Do you need a little push to test that new business idea? Has it been on your to-do list for most of 2019? Making time is often the biggest hurdle to innovation. While for some it is a busy […]

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?

How to follow up after an idea campaign?

You launched an idea campaign. The results were fantastic. Lots of buzz around innovation and a boatload of creative energy floating around. A long list of ideas, with at least a few that seem to have real potential. What now? From idea to implementation The goal of an idea campaign is to get ideas out […]

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.

A great idea or another shiny object?

The world is full of opportunities, especially nowadays. Your talented and ambitious employees know that. When they approach you with one of their ideas, how do you know they are on to something or chasing just another shiny object?