Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2018

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2018

Building upon the success of Braden Kelley’s Blogging Innovation, we launched Innovation Excellence on August 1, 2011 and so 2018 was our seventh full year of operations. To celebrate we’ve pulled together the Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2018 from our archive of nearly 7,500 innovation-related articles from more than 400 contributing authors.

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

Top 100 Innovation Articles of 2017

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 2018:

1. 13 Plastic Packaging Alternatives – by Shelly Greenway

2. 5 Innovative Agricultural Practices That Are Changing the World – by Andy Heikkila

3. What is a Google Design Sprint – by Nicolas Bry

4. Top 10 Innovation and Design Card Decks – by Nick Partridge

5. 11 Ways to Communicate Change – by Daniel Lock

6. 4 Things Successful Leaders Say to Create a Culture of Innovation – by Tamara Ghandour

7. The Play-to-Win Strategy Canvas v3.0 – by Matthew E May

8. Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2017 – by Innovation Excellence

9. The Real Reasons Failure Is Important To Innovation – by Tamara Ghandour

10. Eleven Essential Behavioral Science Books for Innovators – by Pete Foley

11. Design Thinking and the Customer-Centric Organization – by Greg Heist

12. A Tsunami of Disruption is Coming and it’s not AI…or anything else in the hype cycle – by Tim Stroh

13. How to Build an Innovation and Insights Group from Scratch – by Braden Kelley

14. The 70-20-10 Rule for Innovation – by Greg Satell

15. Startup Engagement in Corporate Innovation – by Ralph Ohr

16. The Eight Pillars of Innovation – by Owen Hunnam

17. How to Use the Three Horizons for Future Sensemaking – by Bryann Alexandros

18. Design Thinking Grows Up – Welcome to Experience Thinking – by Anthony Mills

19. Beware These 10 Innovation Killers – by Tom Koulopoulos

20. Five of the Most Surprising Statistics About Startups – by Tom Koulopoulos

21. 4th Industrial Revolution Will Change Companies from the Inside– by Tomislav Buljubasic

22. Top 5 Innovative Technologies That Will Disrupt and Dominate 2019 and Beyond– by Andy Heikkila

23. One Simple Interview Question for Hiring Innovators – by Tom Koulopoulos

24. One Thing Steve Jobs Did at Apple That Will Instantly Improve Your Productivity – by Tom Koulopoulos

25. The Four Steps to Building a Culture of Innovation – by Tom Koulopoulos

26. The Single Most Important Skill of Great Innovators – by Tom Koulopoulos

27. Barriers To Innovation Aren’t Time, Money Or Ability – by Tamara Ghandour

28. 7 Terrible Public Speaking Tips – by Tom Koulopoulos

29. Inside Alibaba – Jack Ma’s Digital Innovation Factory – by Rowan Gibson

30. The Twelve Disciplines of Consistently Innovative Organizations – by Anthony Mills

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31. Understanding 25 Cognitive Biases That Impact Business [Infographic] – by Reuben Yonatan

32. Product Development Process Lessons from BOSE’s Innovations – by John Carter

33. Want to Be Happy and Successful in 2018? Don’t Do These 5 Things – by Tom Koulopoulos

34. 9 Diversity Dimensions That Increase Innovation, and One Reason They May Not – by Yoram Solomon

35. 4 Things About Innovation And Creativity That We Can Still Learn From Albert Einstein – by Greg Satell

36. Who Should Own Innovation In Your Company? – by Soren Kaplan

37. Here’s Why Your Innovation Strategy Will Fail – by Greg Satell

38. Innovate Before Your Customers Want You To Die – by Tamara Ghandour

39. The Simple Cure for Overthinking – by Matthew E May

40. Improve Your Innovation Process with Innovation Journey Maps – by Paul Sloane

41. Innovation Is Never One Thing (Actually It’s 3 Things) – by Greg Satell

42. The Design Thinking Playbook – by Braden Kelley

43. You Don’t Have an Innovation Problem, You Have a Trust Problem! (Part 1) – by Yoram Solomon

44. Overcoming the Not-Invented-Here (NIH) Mindset – by Matthew E May

45. Eight Things Winning Innovation Teams Do Differently – by Robert B Tucker

46. Driving Digital Strategy to Reimagine Your Business – by Braden Kelley

47. Meaning Making – How the Innovation-Driven Organization Imparts Purpose & Meaning – by Anthony Mills

48. 10 Tips for Innovating Out Of The Box – by Gary Van Deursen

49. A Disruptive World Requires New Leadership Capabilities – by Janet Sernack

50. 5 Trends Driving Corporate Innovation – by William Treseder

51. Try this Ideation Method – The Ideas Exchange – by Paul Sloane

52. Jeff Bezos Started Amazon by Answering This Simple Question – by Tom Koulopoulos

53. Scaling Edges vs. Transforming Core– by Ralph Ohr

54. Mobilizing People’s Creative Energy – by Janet Sernack

55. A Boomers Guide to Teaching Millennials– by Arlen Meyers

56. Innovation “Gurus” Love To Talk About These 4 Myths — None Of Them Are True – by Greg Satell

57. Innovation Starts With The Right Mindset – by Arlen Meyers

58. Seven Life-Changing Lessons From Someone Who Lost Everything – by Tom Koulopoulos

59. Finally, A Commencement Speech About Innovation and Creativity – by Robert B Tucker

60. One Thing All Successful People Have in Common – by Tom Koulopoulos

61. 10 More Amazing Innovation & Design Card Decks – by Nick Partridge

62. How Does Amazon Do It? Five Critical Factors That Explain Amazon’s Incredible Success – by Robert B Tucker

63. Here’s How You Know Your Industry Is About To Be Disrupted – by Greg Satell

64. Three Behaviors that will Grow Innovative Teamwork – by Yoram Solomon

65. 5 ways you are limiting your capacity for innovation – by Shelly Greenway

66. The Essential Connection Between Strategy and Innovation – by Paul Hobcraft

67. Top Five Technological Innovations in Medicine – by Rilind Elezaj

68. Why You Should Not Climb The Corporate Ladder – by David Burkus

69. 6 Ways to Grow Your Curiosity – by Mukesh Gupta

70. Ten of the Greatest Inspirational Quotes Churchill Never Said (and Ten More That He Did) – by Tom Koulopoulos

71. How Should We Educate Children to Win the Fourth Industrial Revolution? – by Arlen Meyers

72. How to Negotiate Using the FBI’s 5-Step Hostage Strategy – by Tom Koulopoulos

73. Take 30 Seconds to Do This Every Day and You Will Be Forever Changed – by Tom Koulopoulos

74. Watch Heineken School Pepsi on How To Advertise to Gen Z – by Tom Koulopoulos

75. If at first you don’t succeed… – by John Bessant

76. 14 Innovation Mistakes You Cannot Afford to Make – by Amnon Levav

77. Don’t Start Strategy with SWOT – by Matthew E May

78. Paving the Way for Innovation Strategy – by Brian Solis

79. 3 Reasons Children are More Creative Than Adults – by Yoram Solomon

80. The Silver Bullet Myth – by Greg Satell

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81. Scaling Up Startups in Corporate Settings – by Ralph Ohr

82. You Can’t Change Fundamental Behaviors Without Changing Fundamental Beliefs – by Greg Satell

83. 10 Reasons Why Digital Health Startups Fail – by Arlen Meyers

84. The Secret to Organizational Innovation – by Matthew E May

85. When it’s time to think inside the box – by Kevin McFarthing

86. Here’s Why Even Highly Successful Companies Find It Hard To Innovate In New Markets– by Greg Satell

87. Four (4) Skills That All Great Innovators Share – by Greg Satell

88. The 5 Biggest Threats To FMCG Companies– by Shelly Greenway

89. Lean Start-Up’s Newest Tool is a Game Changer for All Innovators – by Soren Kaplan

90. Don’t Be Fooled By These 3 Overhyped Trends – by Greg Satell

91. Innovation & Artificial Intelligence: Right Here, Right Now! – by John Carter

92. Innovation in Education – Easier Said than Done – by David Bryfman

93. Innovation or Not? – Domino’s Hotspots – by Braden Kelley

94. Lessons learned from the World Cup – the Croatian phenomenon – by Tomislav Buljubasic

95. The Three R’s of Innovation – Risk, Reward, and Resources – by Mike Shipulski

96. Changing Corporate Culture to Encourage More Innovation – by Jeffrey Phillips

97. Leaning into Change Management – by Braden Kelley

98. 7 Fields and Professions That Are Beginning to Rely on Virtual Reality – by Andy Heikkila

99. Proactive versus Reactive Innovation: Learning from Nature – by Pete Foley

100. Why do so many digital transformations fail? – by Michael Graber

Curious which article just missed the cut? Well here it is just for fun:

101. 5 Ways to Measure Whether Your Idea Will Become a Great One… or Fail Miserably. – by Kim Brooks

These are the Top 100 innovation articles of 2018 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 2018.

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 Problem-Solving 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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