Category Archives: Feature Of The Week

5 Reasons Every Company Needs an Innovation Coach

Innovation is not a solo activity (and neither is my favorite sport to coach – basketball). And while the rare lone genius may be able to invent something on their own (although still always inspired by others), nobody can innovate by themselves. Innovation, by its very nature, requires collaboration. Companies are like brains. The brain ...

Rise of the Social Business Architect

The world is changing and needs Social Business Architects. Gone is the epoch of the passive consumer, now customers want a say. At the same time, the quest for survival and growth is causing companies to stop looking at suppliers as someone to squeeze on price and instead as partners in innovation. And, employers are realizing that to maximize their success they need to attract and engage the best talent not just into internal talent pools, but external ones as well.

Poke the Box and Innovation Comes Out

One of the best ways to challenge people’s thinking and get a group moving in a direction towards innovation is to get the group to define the box. Of course a million and one innovation and creativity consultants will endlessly drone on about thinking outside the box, but how can think outside the box if ...

A Dummies Guide for Innovation

Pierre d’Huy and Jérôme Lafon, both innovation teachers and consultants, share all the secrets of Innovation Management in their encyclopedic and brilliant book, A Dummies Guide for Innovation. All aspects of innovation are described in a simple and thrilling way, from innovation history, to innovation process, open innovation, user centric innovation, and a practical step-by-step approach to complete innovation from unfolding the idea down to implementation.

7 Change Styles for Product Managers & Innovators [Podcast]

We often need to help others we work with understand why change is required. It is a skill we can learn and my quest calls it Change Intelligence. Chad McAllister interviews Barbara Trautlein who wrote the book on the topic, Change Intelligence: Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change That Sticks. Read about it here or listen to the podcast.

The Secret Formula for Achieving Market Leadership

As Jack Welch so skillfully demonstrated while he led GE, Market Leadership is the one real strategy that has long-term staying power. H mandated that GE would be No. 1 or No. 2 in every market it was in, or it would get out. It was a “Market Leader or nothing” strategy, and it served GE well.

The Secret Formula for Achieving Market Leadership

As Jack Welch so skillfully demonstrated while he led GE, Market Leadership is the one real strategy that has long-term staying power. H mandated that GE would be No. 1 or No. 2 in every market it was in, or it would get out. It was a “Market Leader or nothing” strategy, and it served GE well.

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.

Upcoming Innovation Conferences You Should Attend

If you haven’t attended a conference yet this year, I recommend one of these innovation-related events taking place this fall (listed chronologically):

Which is the Innovator? Kroger or Amazon?

Now, first of all, Kroger is a Cincinnati-based company not a Seattle-based company, so it is only natural that I should hear more about the things Amazon is experimenting with than those of Kroger, owners of a portfolio of grocery brands, including: Ralphs, Fred Meyer, QFC, Kroger, fry’s, Food4Less, King Soopers, Harris Teeter, and more. ...