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Innovation Communication Styles - "Brainstorming"

It’s not only what tools you use, but how you use them

When you work with a team on an innovation project case, what matters is not only what kind of thinking tool you use when in the innovation process. To do sound thinking and produce adequate outputs, it also matters how exactly you use the tool — or in other words: how you communicate and interact […]

Cool Innovative Companies

Innovative companies vs. in-NO-vative companies: Who’s who?

Take a moment to think about the following questions: What innovative companies do you know? What companies do you consider to be highly creative and innovative? What factors have made these firms become innovation leaders? Would you want to work for one of those innovative companies? Why (not)? What innovative companies do you know? When […]

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Change pendulum swinging back

Does the pendulum swing back?

Around the time we entered the new millennium, humanity  moved from information intensification into a new economic age: the age of creation intensification. In the innovation economy, the key competitive advantage of individuals, companies and countries alike is creation — the ability to use existing and newly emerging theories, know-how and technologies to create novel, […]

The World hates Innovation

The world hates innovation. This is why

The prolific American innovator Charles F. Kettering once said: “The world hates change. Yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” Innovation means change. Ergo, the world hates innovation, one might conclude. Let’s investigate Kettering’s statement to understand why, and what it means for us as innovators. Innovation means progress Let’s first take […]

Work Conflicts and TIPS

How to better deal with conflicts at work

Picture all the people at work with whom you regularly come into contact. If you’re like most people, your colleagues fall into one of four categories: Cool, okay, at times irritating, or really annoying. Now, what if you had a tool to better understand the dynamics behind conflicts at work, learn ways to handle them, […]

Intellectual Property Protection

Why and how to protect your intellectual property

In the last column, we discussed how investing in innovation pays dividends, and how much of a premium innovators (and their investors) can enjoy over their less innovative peers. That is, provided they’ve also secured the intellectual property rights of their innovations. What is intellectual property? At the end of the 19th century, intellectual property […]

Innovation Financial Performance

How innovation affects financial performance

Does innovation really deliver tangible financial results a company? Do investments in innovation yield a positive return? Does innovation pay? And if yes, how much positive impact does it have on financial performance? Tracking the innovation premium In 2006, BusinessWeek magazine and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) jointly devised a ranking of the world’s 25 most […]

Personal-Keywords-TIPS3

What keywords reveal about people’s personality

Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” If you want to find out more about people’s core beliefs and thoughts, pay close attention to the words they’re using […]

Cyclicality Wave of Change 1

How cyclicality drives business and innovation

What do the state of the economy, a product, a corporate venture, a leading technology, the four seasons, and living things such as human beings have in common? All evolve and revolve in cycles, in “waves of change”. And as innovation means meaningful change, it often kick-starts a new cycle. Today, let’s understand how cyclicality […]

Innovation Process Methods V369

Understanding the inner workings of innovation methods

Have you ever wondered what an innovation process method is? And what it’s good for? And how it works? Today, let’s answer these questions and find out what innovation methods are good for and all have in common. Setting the scene: What if you were assigned to lead a new innovation project to develop a […]