Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2016

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2016

Building upon the success of Braden Kelley’s Blogging Innovation, we launched Innovation Excellence on August 1, 2011 and so 2016 was our fifth full year of operations. To celebrate we’ve pulled together the Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2016 from our archive of over 7,500 innovation-related articles from more than 400 contributing authors.

Click the link if you missed the last four years’ lists:

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2015

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2014

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2013

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2012

We do some other rankings too. At the beginning of each month, we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month and we also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our Innovation Excellence Weekly email and FREE MAGAZINE, so an annual Top 100 seems like a logical fit.

Did your favorite make the cut?

But enough delay, here are the 100 most popular innovation posts of 2016:

1.    Collaboration Is The New Competitive Advantage – by Greg Satell


2.     7 Top Tech Trends Impacting Innovators in 2016 – by Chuck Brooks


3.    Planning Your Changes for 2017 – by Braden Kelley


4.    6 Reasons Why Innovation is a Survival Skill – by Daniel Nolan


5.    Learn from the Best: Google’s Nine Principles of Innovation – by Robert F Brands


6.    Digital Transformation versus Digital Strategy – by Braden Kelley


7.    How the Impossible Becomes Possible – by Greg Satell


8.    The 9 Rules of Innovation – by Greg Satell


9.    How Many Types of Innovation are there? – by Paul Sloane


10.   Lessons from Lego: Low risk innovation tools for everyone! – by Evan Shellshear


11.   Why Real Mistakes Lead to Bigger Innovations – by Ramon Salinas


12.   Directions of Mobile App Development Trends in 2016 – by John Stuart


13.   Get 12x More Ideas than Brainstorming – by Richard Haasnoot


14.   Google Introduces the Self-driving Bicycle – VIDEO


15.   15 Outspoken Quotes on Innovation – by Gijs van Wulfen


16.   Innovation and Organizational Culture – by Ralph Ohr


17.   New Model with Four Routes to Start Innovation – by Gijs van Wulfen


18.   10 Great Ideas That Were Originally Rejected – by Gijs van Wulfen


19.   24 Simple Approaches to Generate New Ideas in the Workplace – by Ramkumar Yaragarla


20.   Traditional vs Agile Project Management for Innovators – by Chad McAllister


21.   13 Dimensions of Innovation – by Daniel Nolan


22.   Innovation as a Service! – by Nicolas Bry


23.   Why Only Adoption Matters – by Braden Kelley


24.   What Does Emotional Intelligence have to do with Productivity and Innovation? – by Andy Heikkila


25.   Reinventing the Future: How IBM Innovates – by Greg Satell


26.   How to Create an Innovative Business Model? – by Gijs van Wulfen


27,   Four Routes to Simplify Innovation – by Gijs van Wulfen


28.   The Future of Innovation in Media and Entertainment – by Matthew Griffin


29.   Summer Reading List: 17 Great Books Every Innovator Should Read – by Greg Satell


30.   Eight I’s of Infinite Innovation – Revisited – by Braden Kelley


31.   Six Levers for Solving the Corporate Innovation Problem™ – Part 1 – by Rob Munro and Frank Mattes


32.   How to Adopt the Innovative Mindset – by Jason Williams


33.   How to Run a Successful Innovation Challenge – by Brennan McEachran


34.   30 Academic Resources on Learning – for Educators and Innovators – by Saga Briggs


35.   50 Ways a Driverless Future Could Impact (almost) Everything – by Geoff Nesnow


36.   7 Disruptive Forces for 2016 and Beyond – by Lisa Bodell


37.   A Model for Dual Corporate Innovation Management – by Ralph Ohr


38.   3 Business Innovation Reports You Must Read Right Now – by Arwen Petty


39.   You Can Innovate Anywhere – Even Insurance Companies! – by Celeste Bevilacqua


40.   Transformative Trends in Life Insurance – by Celeste Bevilacqua


41.   TED Talk: “Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator” – VIDEO


42.   The Dysfunctional Innovation Ecosystem – by Archer Tope


43.   11 Unexpected Facts about Managing Employee Idea Programs – by Jacqueline Zhou


44.   The 6 Ways Big Companies are Innovating against Silicon Valley – by Matt Levin


45.   The Rise of the Smart Creative (Lessons from Google) – by Janet Sernack


46,   The Innovative Mindset – by Gary Klein


47.   The Future of The Internet of Things (IoT) – by Joe Granda


48.   Making Design Thinking Work in Complex Ecosystems – by Chris Lawer


49.   Apple is Not the Next Blackberry, it’s the Next Toyota – by Greg Satell


50.   Three Lessons in Innovation from Jeff Bezos – by Paul Sloane


51.   What is the Foundation of Innovation? – by Kenneth Gray


52.   The 4 Pillars of a Successful Ideation Program – by Jacqueline Zhou


53.   Artificial Intelligence and the Consulting Industry – by Braden Kelley


54.   The Value of an Innovator Mindset – by Dennis Stauffer


55.   Innovation Lessons from the Troublesome Start of AIRBNB – by Gijs van Wulfen


56.   3 Small Things that will Increase Innovation in Your Company the Most – by Yoram Solomon


57.   How Failure Leads to Disruptive Success – by Evan Shellshear


58.   What Innovation is and isn’t – by Kevin McFarthing


59.   TED talk: The Suprising Habits of Original Thinkers – VIDEO


60.   3 Paradigm Shifts that will Drive Competitive Advantage in the 21st Century – by Greg Satell


61.   Adopting Holacracy to Fuel Innovation – by Kim Sykes


62.   How to Effectively Conduct ‘Voice of the Customer’ Research – by Chad McAllister


63.   Innovation Starts with a Question – by Mukesh Gupta


64.   Rethink Innovation! – by Stefan Lindegaard


65.   Which are the Most Innovative Companies in the World? – by Paul Sloane


66.   Can You Teach People to Innovate? – by Jeffrey Phillips


67.   How To Connect People To Drive Innovation – by Patrick Willer


68.   We Need to Innovate the Innovation Process – by Greg Satell


79.   Digitally Disrupting the Life Insurance Industry – by Mari Anixter


70.   Following Four Different Paths to Innovation by Braden Kelley


71.   5 Innovative Online Tools for More Effective Brand Management – by Peter Davidson


72.   World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 – by Marci Segal


73.   Is Experience Good for Innovation? – by Kevin McFarthing


74.   Innovation Starts with Identifying Invisible Problems – by Mukesh Gupta


75.   Key Innovation Issues for the Time Ahead – Part 2 – by Ralph Ohr


76.    Measuring Innovation, Part 2/3: The Criteria for a Good Innovation Index – by Yoram Solomon


77.   How to Start Innovation with an Idea – by Gijs van Wulfen


78.   What Makes a Country Innovative? – by Adi Gaskell


79.   How I Use Design Thinking to Leverage Strength and Design ‘around’ Weakness – by John K. Coyle


80.   Is Your Platform Burning? – by Greg Satell


81.   Birth of a Product Company – by Michael Graber


82.   What is Your Speed of Change? – by Patrick Willer


83.   Why Business Model Innovation is so Compelling – by Jeffrey Phillips


84.   5 Recommended Innovation Portfolio Metrics – by Daniel Nolan


85.   Measuring Innovation, Part 1/3: Why is Innovation Important, and How do we Measure it Today? – by Yoram Solomon


86.   Shell Gamechanger – The Giant still wants Big Ideas – by Paul Sloane


87.   Innovation needs all 3 levels of support, so what happens if you miss one? – by Yoram Solomon


88.   State of Global Innovation Report – by Chris Townsend


89.   The Do’s and Don’ts of Running an Ideation Program – by Jacqueline Zhou


90.   Digital is Not a Trend! – by Nicolas Bry


91.   Behavioral Innovation: the need to pivot, why we don’t and what we can do – by Evan Shellshear


92.   The One Thing that Can Transform an Idea into a Phenomenon – by Greg Satell


93.   Four Cognitive Principles That Can Make Innovation Surprisingly Obvious – by Pete Foley


94.   Tracking Trends – Six Essential Steps for Spotting Your Next Opportunity – by Robert B Tucker


95.   Seven Metaphors to Help Creative Leaders Innovate – by John Brooker


96.   Consulting Industry Caught in the Crossfire – by Braden Kelley


97.   The Tesla of Bikes Got a Brilliant Idea – by Gijs van Wulfen


98.   The 3 Big Technologies for the Next Decade: Genomics, Nanotech, Robotics – by Greg Satell


99.   How to Get Buy-in and Resources for Enterprise Innovation – by Steve Glaveski


100. Creating Product Roadmaps – by Chad McAllister

These are the Top 100 innovation articles of 2016 based on the number of page views. If your favorite Innovation Excellence article didn’t make the cut, then add it to the comments and maybe we’ll consider doing a People’s Choice List for 2016.

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Editor’s Note: Innovation Excellence is open to contributions from any and all innovation professionals out there (practitioners, professors, researchers, consultants, authors, etc.) who have a valuable innovation insight to share with everyone for the greater good. If you’d like to contribute, contact us.

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  1. Braden KelleyBraden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker, builds sustainable innovation cultures, and tools for creating successful change. He is the author of the five-star book Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire and the creator of a revolutionary new Change Planning Toolkit™. Follow him on Twitter (@innovate) and Linkedin.

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