Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2017

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2017

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Building upon the success of Braden Kelley’s Blogging Innovation, we launched Innovation Excellence on August 1, 2011 and so 2017 was our sixth full year of operations. To celebrate we’ve pulled together the Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2017 from our archive of nearly 7,000 innovation-related articles from more than 400 contributing authors.

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

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2016

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, 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 2017:

1. These 2017 Trends Will Change Our World – by Patrick Willer

2. The Future of Insurance: 15 predictions for 2017 – by Matthew Griffin

3. How Google Innovates – by Greg Satell

4. A Peek Inside the Mind of Jeff Bezos – by Braden Kelley

5. 6 Innovation Tool Kits to Drive Business Growth – by Soren Kaplan

6. 50 Quotes to Spark a Culture of Innovation in 2017 – by Gijs van Wulfen

7. How Product Managers and Innovators Can Speak with GRAVITAS – by Chad McAllister

8. Lean Startup Methodology [infographic] – by Innovation Excellence

9. Five Innovation Lessons from 3M – by Harvey Wade

10. Why did No-one Think of This Before? – by Paul Sloane

11. IBM Has Created A Revolutionary New Model For Computing – The Human Brain – by Greg Satell

12. Aligning Organizations for Digital Innovation – by Ralph Ohr

13. Why Sustainability is Your Next Big Innovation Opportunity – by Chris Sherwin

14. 29 Innovation Activities for Your Next Ideation – by Kevin Namaky

15. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Change Leaders – by Daniel Lock

16. These 4 Major Paradigm Shifts Will Transform The Future Of Technology – by Greg Satell

17. Marketing and Innovation are Inseparable – by Kevin McFarthing

18. Six Things Great Innovators Do Differently – by Greg Satell

19. How to Take Advantage of AI Innovations in 2017 – by Gabor Veres

20. What Every CEO Should Know for Successful Change – by Linda Ackerman Anderson

21. The Four Modes of Thinking and How They Impact Performance– by Robert B Tucker

22. Turn Your Organization into an Idea Factory: Part I– by Jacqueline Zhou

23. The Ideas Problem – by Kevin McFarthing

24. Measuring Your Innovation Maturity – by Braden Kelley

25. “Faux Innovation” and Other Discontents – by Keary Crawford

26. Innovation NOT the Same as Invention or Creativity – by Braden Kelley

27. 9 Traits of Highly Innovative People – by Chad McAllister

28. Snuff out SWOT – Forever – by Matthew E May

29. The 9 Key Behaviors of Top Problem Solvers – by Nat Greene

30. True Corporate Innovators Aren’t Who You Would Expect – by Michelle Tabart

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31. What Should Your Chief Innovation Officer Do for Your Company? – by Yoram Solomon

32. Don’t Look For A Great Idea, Look For A Good Problem – by Greg Satell

33. Innovation Metrics in Outcome-Based Culture – by Eugene Yamnitsky

34. Strategy Sprints – A DIY Guide – by Matthew E May

35. Innovation – Everything You Need to Know in 12 Quotes – by Tom Koulopoulos

36. 7 Lessons on Life and Business Learned from Peter Drucker – by Tom Koulopoulos

37. How Behavioral Design Can Help De-Risk Innovation – by Ruth Schmidt

38. 3 Ways to Systematically Come Up with Breakthrough Ideas – by Mukesh Gupta

39. Three Insights for Innovators from Elon Musk – by Paul Sloane

40. 4 Things You Need to Build an Innovative Culture – by Greg Satell

41. Change Management and the Structure of Innovation – by Daniel Lock

42. Overcoming Innovation’s Roadblocks: Poor Prioritization – by Nick Partridge

43. Improve Your Organization with Design Thinking & Change Leadership [podcast] – by Chad McAllister

44. Mapping Innovation: Playbook for navigating a disruptive age – by Greg Satell

45. Why We Must Change Our Mental Models from Hierarchies to Networks – by Greg Satell

46. The Design of Value Proposition Design with Alex Osterwalder – by Chad McAllister

47. 13 Smart Questions for your Management Meetings – by Paul Sloane

48. Getting Clear on Your Strategy – by Matthew E May

49. 8 Myths That Cost Innovation – by Rochelle Ceira

50. 15 Must Watch TED Talks on Creativity – by Innovation Excellence

51. The Single Most Important Thing to Innovate Is Yourself – by Tom Koulopoulos

52. Become an Intrapreneur at Work – by Paul Sloane

53. Four Models of Intrapreneurship Innovation– by Ralph Ohr

54. Creativity, Change and Innovation – by Walter Vandervelde

55. Don’t Focus on the Problem, Innovate past it– by Paul Sloane

56. Five Questions to Help Make a Tough Decision – by Tom Koulopoulos

57. When Going in New Directions, It Helps to Have a Map – by Matthew E May

58. User-centered design: how to merge it with a design thinking program – by Alex Sanghikian

59. How to Educate Yourself for the Future – by Saga Briggs

60. Do University Incubators Harm Innovation? – by Adi Gaskell

61. How to Educate for the Future – Not the Past – by Greg Satell

62. How Greg Satell Learned to Navigate a New Era of Innovation – by Greg Satell

63. Innovation Culture Starts With YOU, Not Your Boss. – by Yoram Solomon

64. Lego’s Innovation Lessons – by Jeffrey Phillips

65. The Lean Startup is Changing The World – by Greg Satell

66. Summer Reading List: 12 Books Can Help You Change the World – by Greg Satell

67. Crossing the Internal Chasm in Corporate Innovation – by Ralph Ohr and Frank Mattes

68. What’s Your Innovation Definition? – by Michael Graber

69. Why Cultivate Innovation Agility? – by Janet Sernack

70. 3 Innovation Types: Evolution, Preventative, Creative – by Jeffrey Phillips

71. Successful Innovation is a Matter of Willpower – by Gijs van Wulfen

72. 3 E’s of Effective Innovation Leadership – by Amber Lyons

73. Behind the Scenes: An Inside Look at Amazon’s Futuristic Distribution System – by Melissa Burns

74. Which is the Innovator? Kroger or Amazon? – by Braden Kelley

75. The Complexities of Digital Transformation – by Mukesh Gupta

76. 2017 Open-Innovation Centers: Multi-faceted with New Business Model Focus – by Nicolas Bry

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– by Greg Satell

78. Top 5 Innovations in Solar and Photovoltaic Power – by Andy Heikkila

79. The limitations of Lean Startup: when not to use it – by Colin Duff

80. 5 Reasons Every Company Needs an Innovation Coach – by Braden Kelley

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81. The Secret Behind Amazon’s Stunning Success – by Andrea Leigh

82. 20 Reasons Why Your Company Won’t Change – by Matthew E May

83. Building a Culture that Thrives on Innovation Agility – by Janet Sernack

84. 2020 Tipping Point: A New Era of Innovation – by Greg Satell

85. What Stops Us from Creating Breakthrough Innovations – by Mukesh Gupta

86. Storytelling, the Brain & Work Culture– by Michael Graber

87. Break the Innovation Barrier – Start Pretotyping! – by David Siegel

88. How Innovation Really Happens– by Greg Satell

89. 10 Strategies for Leaders to Drive Disruptive Change – by Marty Zwilling

90. Innovating for a Worse Customer Experience (Insights from United Airlines) – by Pete Foley

91. Why R&D Spending has Almost No Correlation to Innovation – by Yoram Solomon

92. Origin Stories of Innovation™: The Power of Creative Naiveté [Interview series] – by Paul Earle

93. Failing Fast Causes More Failure – by Braden Kelley

94. Here’s What’s Wrong With Your Great Idea – by Greg Satell

95. Three Paths to Successful Organic Growth – by Jonathan Stearn

96. 3 Questions That Will Solve Any Problem Creatively – by Yoram Solomon

97. Innovation Lessons from Michelangelo – by Saul Kaplan

98. 3 Character Traits of a Good Innovation Manager – by Mukesh Gupta

99. Why You Need a Personal Innovation Strategy – by Robert B. Tucker

100. What Accelerates Innovation? – by Jeffrey Phillips

101. Illuminating Collaborative Innovation: Sarah Miller Caldicott (1957-2017) – by Mari Anixter

These are the Top 100 innovation articles of 2017 based on the number of page views. If your favorite Innovation Excellence article didn’t make the cut, then send a tweet to @ixchat and maybe we’ll consider doing a People’s Choice List for 2017.

If you’re not familiar with Innovation Excellence, we publish 1-4 new articles every day built around innovation and marketing insights from our roster of contributing authors and ad hoc submissions from community members. Get the articles right in your Facebook feed or on Twitter or Linkedin too!

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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[author image=””]Braden Kelley is a Director of Innovation and Human-Centered Design at Oracle, and a popular innovation speaker and workshop facilitator. He is the author of two five-star books, Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire and Charting Change, and the creator of a revolutionary new Change Planning Toolkit™. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter (@innovate).[/author]

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