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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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Open innovation: The good, the bad and the ugly

Open innovation: The good, the bad, and the ugly

While attending the International Society of Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) Innovation Conference in Budapest a few weeks ago, I noticed that open innovation was the hottest topics that was repeatedly featured in panel talks and academic papers. While listening to the various presentations and debates, it suddenly dawned upon me why I have always felt […]

Creative transformation marathon 2

The creative transformation marathon (Part 2)

In the last column, I compared an organization that wants to become innovative to a couch potato who wants to run a marathon. What do these very dissimilar situations have in common? Both need something that makes them want to change. Both need to check their fitness and readiness for change. Both must resolve to change, […]

Creative marathon

The creative transformation marathon (Part 1)

Imagine being a sluggish, overweight couch potato. One day you think, “I want to run a marathon.” Is that realistic? We all know of examples of people who have done this — but we know there are many more who tried and failed, or who never got beyond the thought. Transforming a lethargic, innovation-hostile corporation […]

Work overload

Overloaded! The work never stops

How many unread emails are in your inbox? How many of them are older than a week? How many instant messages do you get each day? How many phone calls? How many meetings every week? How much “real” work — work that produces something — do you do each week? Do you feel like you […]

Time for a CooL Change

Stop copying, start creating

“The ‘surplus society’ has a surplus of similar companies, employing similar people, with similar educational backgrounds, coming up with similar ideas, producing similar things, with similar prices and similar quality”, said Kjelle Nordström and Jonas Ridderstråle in their book Funky Business. Can a company expect extraordinary results if what they do is what other companies […]

Commitment to innovation

Are you committed to innovation? (Part 2)

In the last column, we discussed the importance of innovation, and the five dimensions of organizational innovation: leadership at all levels; commitment; collaboration and communication; culture; and structure, systems and processes. Of these, commitment is the best indicator of a company’s innovative capacity. When my company, which helps other organizations innovate and achieve an innovation […]

Commitment: Say "Yes!" to innovation

Are you committed to innovation? (Part 1)

Although many companies talk about the importance of innovation and list it as an important value, few companies in any industry truly walk their innovation talk. The few who do consistently create innovative products and solutions. How can the other companies — those who say they want to innovate, but don’t — become innovative and […]