Headlines from the Innovation Management Industry

  • Back to Basics: Is Your Innovation on Purpose?
    Why are we doing innovation, really? Let’s go back to basics. Behind, they have left the familiar territory of `quality´, that delivered almost guaranteed (yet limited) improvements. Ahead, `innovation´ offers an exciting journey, where you can´t see the end from the beginning. But this demands a leap of faith. And, as we know, matters requiring faith tend to stay at the door of the boardroom. Back in the 60s, when the quality movement emerged in corporate practice, the promise was very pragmatic: You embed quality as part of the process- as a competence - and get back cost reduction, happier clients and higher sales and profit. All very tangible and glowing outcomes, so any cultural blockages were rapidly cleared. Quality became a basic competitive requirement. Thirty years later, a new fad invaded the boardroom. It was the time for innovation. The idea let loose some frothy corporate enzymes, but it … Continue reading →
  • Got Open Innovation?
    I am calling out the dairy industry and I am asking them a question. Where are your open innovation initiatives? Having done some quick research on the dairy industry in relation to a FMCG project, I am working on, I was a bit stunned to learn how little open innovation activity there seems to be wi...
  • The No. 1 Challenge to Innovation
    The biggest challenge to innovation is not how to generate new ideas and opportunities. It´s how to make innovation a deeply embedded capability in the organization. Continue reading →
  • Personal Disciplines: Learning the Art of Letting Go
    A series of personal innovation stories from a new book by Luis Solis, "Innovation Alchemists: what every CEO needs to know to hire the right Chief Innovation Officer". Today's essay on PERSONAL DISCIPLINES comes from Declan Denehan is Managing Director - Strategic Growth Initiatives at BNY Mellon. ...
  • Culture Eats Innovation for Lunch
    A series of personal innovation stories from a new book by Luis Solis, "Innovation Alchemists: what every CEO needs to know to hire the right Chief Innovation Officer". Today's essay on CULTURE comes from Mick Simonelli who is an Innovation Thought Leaders & Independent Consultant. Continue rea...
  • Curiosity and Persistence: The CINO’s dual weapons
    A series of personal innovation stories from a new book by Luis Solis, "Innovation Alchemists: what every CEO needs to know to hire the right Chief Innovation Officer". Today's essay on PERSONAL DISCIPLINES comes from Moisés Noreña, Director of Strategic Innovation and Targeted Markets for Allstate. Cont...
  • Smartwatches: Past, Present and Future
    Ever since the successful KickStarter campaign of the Pebble Watch, smartwatches have been rolling out left and right. Greg Swan has tracked, researched, tested and worn multiple smartwatch designs in his role as Senior Vice President, Creative Technology Innovation. He'll share his thoughts on what...
  • The Power of Language
    A recent survey by Doug Williams of Innovation Excellence Research found that language is an incredibly powerful tool in helping organizations achieve innovation success. Check out some of the key findings. Continue reading →
  • Ratcheting Toward Problems of a Lesser Degree
    Instead of grabbing the throat of radical innovation and disrupting yourself, I suggest a waterfall approach of a stepwise ratchet toward problems of a lesser degree. This way you can claim small victories right from the start, and help make it safe to try new things. Continue reading →
  • Top 50 Innovation Twitter Sharers of 2014
    We thought it would be a fun summer activity to pull together a list of the top innovation personalities and information sharers on twitter. We were curious to see who you follow or who you think people should investigate to learn more about. We received lots of nominations, mixed them together with...
  • Financial Speed Bumps for Innovation
    Most innovations fail because they don´t get buy-in from the people who take them to market at key points in the process - and in words that motivate them. These marketers and product managers speak the language of money. Continue reading →
  • Alibaba IPO: Innovation Chinese Style
    posted on 9/16/2014 11:19 PM

    Alibaba's path to the stock market was propelled by an underrated and distinctly Chinese way of innovation rooted in often unglamorous adaptations of what already exists.
  • Microbrew sales boom at nudie bar
    posted on 9/16/2014 08:00 PM

    Topless ladies? That's so passe. The nation's strip clubs are in a period of peak innovation, including in-house beer brewing.
  • Big Data-Driven Innovation: Disruption vs. Optimization
    posted on 9/16/2014 02:04 PM

    The recipe for successful innovation: begin with a good measure of disruption. Add a heaping helping of talent, and don’t forget to mix in plenty of creativity. Finally, a pinch of intuition. Stir and bake. Recipe for innovation? Perhaps. But successful innovation? That’s another story. ...
  • Intellectual Property Maximalist Lobbying Group Proposes A New Trademark SOPA (Plus Girl Scout Badges...)
    posted on 9/16/2014 10:50 AM

    The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) -- which is a sort of "super group" of companies looking to always ratchet up intellectual property laws -- had a brief note on their front page on Monday pushing for bringing back SOPA, but with a promise that it's for trademark law only (the story may disappear from the front page and apparently "archives" are for "members only"): On September 7 the IPO Board of Directors adopted a resolution supporting in principle legislation to attack online trademark counterfeiting. Such legislation would enable brand owners to file suit against domestic websites selling or offering for sale or distributing counterfeit products, and also as to "foreign counterfeiting websites," in order to obtain a court order that would require (a) that financial service providers cease processing payment transaction to the defendant(s) and the foreign counterfeiting website, at least in the United States, (b) that internet advertising service providers cease providing such services to the defendants and the foreign counterfeiting website, at least in the United States, and (c) any other injunctive relief the court may determine as appropriate. The legislation should focus on trademark counterfeiting only; provide for nationwide personal jurisdiction and venue over any foreign counterfeiting website, so long as such is consistent with due process; and permit e-mail service of process to a domestic or foreign counterfeiting website without requiring leave of court based on the e-mail address listed in domain registration for the administrative or ownership contact and to the e-mail address found on the website, if no real or actual address is available for providing notice to the potential defendant. All of that sounds nearly identical to parts of SOPA -- except the IPO seems to think that if they just focus on the trademark issue, it will be able to sneak it through without a SOPA-like eruption from the public. But the basics here are the same. Allowing companies a private right of action to block out sites (both domestic and foreign) deemed as "counterfeiting websites" is a dangerous plan. Note that, in the past, big brands have regularly declared perfectly legitimate resellers as counterfeiters, and have attacked and sued companies like eBay for not magically stopping people from selling counterfeit goods. Of course, part of the problem is that these companies regularly exaggerate the issue of "losses" due to trademark infringement and counterfeiting. The numbers are stretched beyond belief. Meanwhile, multiple studies that have looked at the actual size of the problem have found it to be quite small. In fact, multiple studies have found that most people buying counterfeit goods aren't being fooled, but know they're buying counterfeit, but are only doing so because they can't afford the real version. And, the studies have noted, many of the same people later do buy the real version when they can afford it. In other words, counterfeit purchases are often aspirational, rather than acting as a substitute. They're not doing any harm. And, of course, the real threat here is that if the IPO can sneak this kind of legislation through, it won't be that long until someone tries to slip in some language extending the law to copyrights as well. It'll be slipped in quietly, perhaps with some talk about "harmonizing" different regulations related to trademark and copyright law, hoping that no one notices that basically the original version of SOPA is now the law. The same IPO notice also talks up its new "Girl Scout" patch, which we had discussed back in March. This was a patch designed by the IPO, but with the support of the US Patent and Trademark Office, so you know it's basically preaching maximalism: Cookie selling teaches Girl Scouts valuable business practices. Now they have the opportunity to learn a few more in the form of IP. IPO Education Foundation recently partnered with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation´s Capital and the USPTO to develop the IP patch. The IP patch program teaches girls about the value of IP and the process for obtaining different rights. You can help by telling your friends about the patch or volunteering to talk to a troop about what you do. Click here for more information. It's the same basic story we noted back in March. The plan is all about why intellectual property is valuable -- not taking a balanced view about where it creates more harm than good, and where other alternatives might be better. It's especially troubling that it's focused on girls entering science, technology, engineering and math studies, since those are areas where over-aggressive use of intellectual property have been most damaging, locking up knowledge, rather than increasing the kind of knowledge sharing that drives innovation forward.Permalink | Comments | Email This Story
  • Why Industry Vets Should Play Nice With Startups
    posted on 9/15/2014 06:52 PM

    What's the secret behind the most successful tech startups? No, it's not having founders with perfect SAT scores or sealing a dozen coders in a room with cases of Red Bull. The answer often has more to do with refining and capitalizing on an established idea, than with conjuring up something new out...
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