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Innovation Management

Unexpected Foes – Weak Links in Innovation Roadmaps

By Dimis Michaelides / September 23, 2020 /

Imagine you are implementing a transformation program in your organization. You have it all spelt out with the fashionable jargon of our times. A new vision for a new business model which came from heaps of Out-of-the-Box design thinking. With entirely customer-centric systems using state-of-the-art digital technology (and of course chatbots, actionable analytics, big data,…

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Inverse the Six Ws for Problem Discovery

By Ludwig Melik / May 26, 2020 /

  Identify the right problem Who doesn’t love to solve a great mystery? After all, the greatest stories in history tap into that very desire to solve problems; the story presents a mystery and has you follow along as its characters search for the Six Ws. This is particularly engaging because solving problems is directly…

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Adapting, learning and growing through uncertainty

By Janet Sernack / May 18, 2020 /

Adapting, learning and growing through uncertainty is full of possibilities for reskilling, reinventing in and thriving in the future. Because it offers all of us a professional and personal turning point in using our locus of power to connect, collaborate and co-create a better world.

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An apple tree

The Fallacy of the Aha Moment & Overnight Success in Innovation

By Jesse Nieminen / May 4, 2020 /

We’ve all heard the story of Newton and the apple. According to the legend, he came up with the theory of gravity when he was sitting under a tree and an apple fell on his head, at which point it all suddenly dawned on him. We love to hear stories of these great aha moments.…

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Innovation after crisis: is your innovation organization resilient?

By Nicolas Bry / April 6, 2020 /

Innovation is about creating the future you wish to see. The future will probably not be limited to getting back to normal after crisis. Some activities may be de-prioritized, and innovation endeavor put on hold: previous directions will be questioned. Building tomorrow’s world starts today! Innovation can be leveraged for inventing post-crisis future for your…

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Flywheel of growth – strategic innovation framework

The Flywheel of Growth – A Strategic Innovation Framework

By Jesse Nieminen / March 4, 2020 /

These days virtually everyone agrees that innovation is strategically important. For example, in an international PwC innovation survey of roughly 250 CEOs, only 3% said that innovation is not a strategic priority for them. Regardless of these results, organizations often struggle in aligning their innovation efforts with their overall strategy. On the other hand, top performing innovators always seem…

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Strategic and Systemic Alignment – why they really matter

By Janet Sernack / January 7, 2020 /

In my early days at Compass Learning, I designed and delivered a wide range of top team strategic alignment and development programs. Where the focus was on enabling and empowering team members to metaphorically “sing from the same song sheet” – by agreeing to and articulating a common purpose, clarifying roles and goals and driving…

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The Window of Corporate Innovation Opportunity

By Ralph Ohr / December 10, 2019 /

One issue has been on my mind for quite some time. Let me share with you a key learning from my innovation work in and with diverse companies over the years. It can be termed pretty catchy as: Window of Corporate Opportunity. In brief, this notion can be delineated as follows: Sustainable, effective and impactful corporate innovation…

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Innovation Maturity Matrix – A Model to Successful Innovation Transformation

By Jesse Nieminen / December 1, 2019 /

With 80% of executives considering their businesses to be at risk for being disrupted in the near future, they are under tremendous pressure to transform their organizations towards becoming more innovative. However, any organizational change, let alone a major transformation, is always very difficult to implement successfully. In this post, we’ll look into some of the lessons…

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Speed of innovation

What Do Top Corporate Innovators Get Right?

By Jesse Nieminen / November 24, 2019 /

In our line of work, we get to talk with hundreds of leaders around the globe, and from virtually every industry. Most of them seem to intuitively understand the importance of innovation, but there’s still a lot of fluff, ambiguity and uncertainty regarding innovation as a topic. As a result, most leaders aren’t seeing the results they were expecting…

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