See Differently

The post talks about a set of guidelines on how to see differently. Listen to the radicals Embark on journeys of discovery Look across disciplines Question the routine Recognize the barriers Practice flying upside down Destroy the old model Envision multiple futures From the Innovation Weblog – Permalink
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Innovation in Germany

Innovation should be every manager’s duty Innovation is returning to center stage after being pushed to the wings over the past three years, during which time German companies focused mostly on cost-cutting. Innovation management is now considered as an important lever for more growth and is therefore high on the agenda of German managers. Today, systematic innovation management is considered…
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Institutional Innovation Pathway to Growth

With “innovation” the watchword, China today is bent on pressing ahead with overall reforms. “To cross the river by feeling the stones” has proved a successful development approach which has conformed well to the country’s realities these past 25 years. However, challenges are mounting as the country deepens reform efforts to address many underlying and emerging institutional problems. The robust…
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Want to Innovate?

It may look like black magic but there is a lot of discipline and thought behind innovation.Leaving nothing to chanceInnovation is often associated with serendipity (the faculty of making happy discoveries by accident). The image of the scientist stumbling upon something at his lab, alone, is too anecdotal an approach to how innovation happens.Shake up status quoInnovation inherently focuses on…
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Olympic Innovation Scorecard

This from Adam Bostock @ Acro Logic and the if++ The Innovation Forum http://www.acrologic.co.uk/if++/ Use this score card every few months, and plot the results on a graph. The Olympic Innovation Aim is to keep increasing all of the scores. The gradient of the graphs indicate how dynamic and innovative your organisation really is. Note that each of the above…
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Tracing Origins of Innovation

Everyone’s had an idea just pop into their head, seemingly out of the blue. Ever wonder how that happens? Scientists are putting on their thinking caps to figure it out. Dan Steinberg, 18, is a study volunteer in a research project about insight. “That’s this flash of inspiration when we’re trying to solve a problem, and you just don’t know…
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India and Innovation

Arindam Banerji has been writing a Guest Column on Rediff.com on “Can India produce billion-dollar innovation?” It is a four-part series and the fourth part will come out tomorrow, that is 13th August 2004. Some interesting portions are excerpted below – this is from parts I, II and III. I have also added the links to all the four parts…
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Evolutionary Approach To Innovation

Reproduced from: FastCompany Innovation Station Need to kickstart your innovation practices, processes, and production? Take a hint from the world of biology and consider how evolution — idea Darwinism — can help inspire change and creativity.Can biology teach us anything about innovation? The essence of Darwinism is that progress is created by adaptation to changed conditions. What starts as a…
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Edward De Bono – Creative Organizations

From the e-newsletter Management Intelligence Where does your organization stand? Quiet Life A new idea is a distraction and a disturbance. The idea may fail. So just don’t have any. Me-Too Let someone else develop the new idea. Let someone else carry the development costs. Let someone else develop the market. When the idea is seen to be successful then…
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Diagnostic For Disruptive Innovation

Complete Article: HBS Working Knowledge You have three potential innovations, but resources to develop just one. Here are diagnostics to help you make the best decision. From Strategy & Innovation newsletter. A brief follows: Customer diagnostic This diagnostic assesses customers in order to identify “disruptable” market segments. Conducting this diagnostic involves looking for signs that specific customer groups either are…
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Innovation Brings Jobs

The key to U.S. economic success is innovation. The reason the US has stayed ahead of the rest of the world, despite globalization and growing competition, is it tends to have the best ideas – and the United States continues to be a magnet for people from around the world with the best ideas. And the US will only be…
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Innovation Disruption

The 90-Day Plan CIOs should monitor both their own and surrounding environments for signals of disruptions. This requires training, infrastructure changes, and some difficult analysis. Recognizing precise signals that indicate disruptive developments can help CIOs predict important market changes. First month: Identify training requirements Many of the concepts of disruptive innovation appear counterintuitive. Therefore, institutionalizing its use as an analytical…
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Renewal and Innovation

Firms and organisations, indeed whole nations, have to adapt fast to changing situations and demands. That means constant renewal. Everyone can succeed, some more than others, as long as they bear in mind the following key organisational principles.For a nation to be healthy requires an ability to renew itself constantly. This applies to companies, organisations, governments, indeed everyone. The need…
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Hamel and Innovation

Gary Hamel says companies should be more romantic. They need a vision of what an organisation can become – with the help of its people. Business must adopt and adapt the Silicon Valley approach to innovation. Resilient companies have workers purposefully schooled in the art of innovation. Twenty-five years ago companies began to realise they should use their employees’ problem-solving…
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What is Innovation?

Innovation Defined : A mindset, a pervasive attitude, or a way of thinking focused beyond the present into the future vision (Kuczmarski). Is it just a “BUZZ”word? Perhaps innovation has been misunderstood and therefore its full potential not realized. The vital importance of continuously fostering and maintaining an innovation culture has been underplayed. While many companies have at one point…
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Innovation = Cheating?!

All businesses are threatened by innovation. How do we respond to it? By seeing innovation as unfair competition and wasting resources in legal battles that inevitably fail? Or by accepting that the world changes and then deciding we are best served by finding our own innovations? If someone creates a faster, cheaper, better or generally more efficient way to produce…
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