I was asked this in a roundabout way by an internal innovation team that met some “light resistance” to its efforts from senior leaders. Like many innovation teams, the building of an internal business case is a rite of passage for anyone wishing to initiate an innovation program in his or her company. This isn’t…

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One recent evening, while in my desk chair working on the latest and greatest open-innovation initiative, I was reminded of one of my favorite innovation stories. As the long evening hours stretched before me, a squeak in the chair became progressively worse. What started as barely a mouse squeak morphed into a shrill shriek by…

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In these times of austerity we need to focus on the innovation dimensions that matter to us. For some, this will still be all about the big breakthroughs, particularly those in the Consumer Goods industry. For everyone, we need to focus on other key areas and balance our innovation initiatives on: Operational & Process Efficiency…

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