Category Archives: corporate innovation

“Faux Innovation” and Other Discontents

Over the course of this year, I’ve had the good fortune of working with three Global 50 companies – two U.S. based and one European.  I’ll simply refer to them as Company A, B and C.  Despite being in different industries (high-tech, financial services and industrial), one common theme emerged: senior leaders in each of ...

29 Innovation Activities for Your Next Ideation

I often get asked what activities a team should do in ideation to get better results and keep it fun. While there's a limitless list of possibilities that need to be tailored to each innovation challenge, I do have some favorites. Here are 29 that work and are adaptable to a variety of businesses and challenges.

Firms of the Future: Managing 2 Business Engines

Bain and Company has recently published a worthwile article, debating on the question: What will the firm of the future look like? Among several characteristics, the authors also particularly anticipate future-proof companies to be required to manage two types of businesses by deploying distinct "engines".

Origin Stories of Innovation™: The Power of Creative Naiveté [Interview series]

Paul Earle shares extraordinary podcast interviews that reveal the innovative genius (trials and triumphs) behind great brands and institutions. Today, Innovation Excellence launches Season One called Origin Stories of Innovation™.

Origin Stories of Innovation™: The Power of Creative Naiveté [Interview series]

Paul Earle shares extraordinary podcast interviews that reveal the innovative genius (trials and triumphs) behind great brands and institutions. Today, Innovation Excellence launches Season One called Origin Stories of Innovation™.

Visiting Media Lab Bayern [interview]

Stefan Sutor is Head of Strategy and Innovation at Media Lab Bayern. What’s the purpose of Media Lab Bayen? Stefan kindly takes for a tour in this tremendous entity. Nicolas Bry: Could tell us about your experience, and how you’ve joined the Media Lab Bayern? Stefan Sutor: As Head of Digital Strategy at the Bavarian ...

Visiting Media Lab Bayern [interview]

Stefan Sutor is Head of Strategy and Innovation at Media Lab Bayern. What’s the purpose of Media Lab Bayen? Stefan kindly takes for a tour in this tremendous entity. Nicolas Bry: Could tell us about your experience, and how you’ve joined the Media Lab Bayern? Stefan Sutor: As Head of Digital Strategy at the Bavarian ...

Achieving Your New Year’s Innovation Resolutions

The annual cycle of introspection and planning is upon us. But only 8% of us will actually achieve our New Year resolutions and the organizations we work for will not fare much better. Common reasons for failure include unrealistic goals, not tracking progress and simply neglecting the commitment altogether. Innovation is top of mind for ...

Corporate Innovation Ventures: Separation vs. Integration

Proper management of the separation vs. integration tension has proven to be a vital, while underestimated ingredient to effective scaling of internal ventures and external startups in corporate settings.

How 2015 Changed Corporate Innovation: An Overview

Open hands holding number 2015. Happy New Year.There were several key (and generally welcome) themes that emerged throughout 2015 within corporate innovation.  These are, in part, driven by the increasing value that corporate and business leadership place on this (still relatively) new competency, the sophistication of practitioners in the field, and the results of seeing what works or fails. It is truly an exciting time to be in this field and to see these changes form across the industry. As always, this list is from a personal perspective, that is perhaps biased by my experience within the field, generally working with established corporate organizations and their leaders. Continue reading