What does the future hold for technology and can it break free of the silicon valley giants? - Hi everyone, Mike Morrison here. Well, it's all about competition, or is it? This week I heard some fascinating stuff on the news and I'd like to share some thoughts with you. So if it's all about competition maybe it's time for change. And what do we mean by change? Well, for those of you that might not have heard it, on the news this week we've had Donald Trump. And he's been talking … [Read more...] about How politicians can drive innovation and change that is unexpected
PRIMO-F the Business Growth Model Often in organizations we use a SWOT analysis as a way of identifying priorities and areas for improvement. While theSWOT is a wonderfully flexible tool, it is too easy to miss out key elements. We tend to use a SWOT based on our experiences, rather than the actual situational needs. As SWOT analysis is made up of two internal elements (SW) and two external elements (OT) it is helpful to use a structure to give us a guide for what should be … [Read more...] about PRIMO-F Model for Business Development
Do careers still exist? Can Career Development and Innovation link together as strategies? Are careers easier to plan or harder than ever? What can people actively planning their career learn from the best in the world of innovation? Over the last 20 years, we have seen seismic shifts in the workplace. The past, present and future of work are very different environments. Success in one era will not lead to success in another. So what has changed in the world of work? It helps to get … [Read more...] about Career Development and Innovation – The Missing Link For Success
Ways to develop a Culture of Innovation Many organisations strive for a competitive edge, an advantage over their competitors to help ensure their sustainability. Innovation is one such way, but for too long many organisations have concentrated on developing product and ignored the possibilities of innovation as a culture. Having an innovative friendly culture can harness the innovative and creative capacities of the entire workforce (and your customers and suppliers) to your advantage. But it … [Read more...] about 33 Ways to develop an Innovative Culture in your org.
Chasing the shiny new things Last week in a tweet I mentioned fad-surfing and some of my followers were not aware of this and requested an article - so here it is! Fad surfers are the management or leadership equivalent of the magpie, they love collecting shiny new things from other people. A management or leadership style where there is a lot of sizzle but little substance What is "fad surfing"? In simple terms Adopting one fashionable management style or strategy after another. The … [Read more...] about Fad surfing – the worst form of change management
Bullying at work on the increase Or so the reports and surveys tell us. What we do know is that where bullying exists, trust does not. We also know that innovation requires openness and trust. So what do we really have in our organisations - innovation OR bullying? Are you being bullied at work – or are you a work place bully? As employers we have a responsibility to our employees, customers and suppliers for them to be respected and not bullied in any way. To deliver on that … [Read more...] about Bullying at work, recognising it & its impact on innovation
Innovation is about the first step Innovation is the buzzword of the late naughties, but what does it mean? "Innovation is the act of introducing something new" Often we focus on the act of creating, indeed many training and development programmes look to developing creativity in order to create innovative cultures. Is this right? Innovation can mean two very different things, I suspect that often we confuse the two. many organizations take innovation to be something to do with product … [Read more...] about Innovation, the first step – dare, change, take a risk
Humanification – Go Digital, Stay Human. It has been a while since I Last reviewed a book, but this one first grabbed my attention, if for no reason than it’s title. This was followed quickly by the description: Imagine being able to spot the next big trend, all being able to predict the next big wave of change. Imagine having encouraged that gives you the power to invent, predict all harness the next big technology. Humanification is going to help you unlock the DNA of innovation itself, your … [Read more...] about Humanification by Christian Kromme – book review
HAVE-DO-BE or DO-BE-HAVE? In business we often hear terms like ‘business person’ or ‘entrepreneur’, but what do they mean and can we train these skills. Let’s look at what these terms mean before we explore any route to development: Business person “a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive)” Entrepreneur “An individual who, rather than working as an employee, runs a small business and assumes all the risk and reward of a given business … [Read more...] about Developing entrepreneurial skills into business people
Becoming an Innovative Leader When we take innovation away from the technologists and start to look at innovation as a set of behaviours that can drive change and culture, we start to look at innovation as a leadership model. Using the Creatrix from the Richard Byrd Co in MN USA, we can identify the eight faces of innovation. All have there place and strength in today’s organisation, however the balance and focus will need to adapt for each need the organisation faces. What type of … [Read more...] about Becoming an Innovative leader – the eight faces of innovation
Building an innovative business culture - a fresh perspective Introduction What is innovation? Ask people to define innovation and you're likely to get a diverse range of responses, new ideas, creativity, pushing the envelope, breaking new ground, developing new markets, the fruits of research and many more. The theme for many is newness, something fresh and of course that is part of the equation but it misses an essential component - risk-taking. Even a casual study of great innovators quickly … [Read more...] about Innovative Business Culture – a fresh perspective
Jacqueline Byrd looks at our capacity to innovate. Dr. Jacqueline Byrd--the brains behind the CREATRIX Assessment explores Creativity, Risk Taking and Innovation-- What do they all have in common? How do you assess them? How does understanding your own creativity and risk taking help you in your every day life? What gets in the way of businesses being creative and taking risks? Why is a simple exercise like introducing yourself in a new way so difficult--what does that … [Read more...] about The Capacity to innovate
Innovation starts with your people. Every individual has the capacity to innovate. Every single one of us that the capacity to be more innovative that we are at the moment. We can all increase our innovative capacity. Jacqueline Byrd looks at our capacity to innovate. Dr. Jacqueline Byrd–the brains behind the CREATRIX Assessment explores Creativity, Risk Taking and Innovation– What do they all have in common? How do you assess them? How does understanding your own creativity … [Read more...] about Creativity, Risk Taking and Innovation— Innovation doesn’t happen without people!
Jacqueline Byrd looks at our capacity to innovate and how a simple introduction demonstrates the basis of innovation and the fear it often facilitates. Byrd describes the rules of innovation Dr. Jacqueline Byrd–the brains behind the CREATRIX Assessment explores Creativity, Risk Taking and Innovation– What do they all have in common? How do you assess them? How does understanding your own creativity and risk taking help you in your every day life? What gets in the way of … [Read more...] about Why is introducing yourself in a new way so similar to innovation?
Innovation means so many things to so many people, so first we need to have a common understanding of what innovation is. Dr Richard Byrd from the University of Minnesota in the 1960s and 70s undertook some interesting work (see A Personal Guide to Risk Taking Richard E Byrd, AMACOM 1974), which has been further developed by Dr Jacqueline Byrd from a tool that looks at the innovation capacity of individuals to that of teams and organisations (see The Innovation Equation - Byrd & Brown, … [Read more...] about Innovation Index – measuring the unmeasurable or re-inventing the wheel?
Introduction to Brainstorming Brainstorming as an approach or technique can be an effective way of generating many ideas on a specific issue which can then be filtered and reviewed to determine which idea or approach is the most appropriate. Brainstorming as a technique is most effective with groups of between 8 and 12 people performed in a relaxed environment. History of Brainstorming Brainstorming is a technique often used by groups, but can be done alone (although this is not as … [Read more...] about Brainstorming technique for innovation, creativity and problem solving – a business strategy
Entrepreneurial Innovation - Fad or key to success? The world economy is changing… are we reacting fast enough? For many entrepreneurs innovation is just not happening fast enough according to recent articles and research from Boston Consulting Group’s annual study on innovation. Many organisations know that in order to survive and then to grow they need to innovate. In recent years the focus of innovation has been on creativity and the innovative process, but the lack of results show that … [Read more...] about Entrepreneurial Innovation – Fad or key to success?
Innovation, is it a burden or opportunity when things are difficult? This morning I was reading an article in Business Week about the need for organizations to cut back on innovation (article). The article starts with the opening line "When times get tough, one of the first things we do is think about what we can do without, like cutting latte consumption from five a week to two" with which I totally agree. However an assumption in the article drives the reader to believe that INNOVATION … [Read more...] about Cut or increase innovation in a recession?
Black Swan events - or unknown unknowns #BlackSwan #Innovation It was once believed that all swans were white, because until that time the only swans had been seen (northern hemisphere) were white. It was believed that all swans were white and that black (or any other colour) could not exist. The belief was destroyed when a Black Swan was discovered in Australia. Hence the term “Black Swan” became used for unpredictable or unforeseen events - the unknown unknowns... As the changes … [Read more...] about Black Swan events – or unknown unknowns
Introduction to the Ansoff matrix Igor Ansoff is known as the father of strategic management. He was a mathematician and business manager. In the 1950s his work was developed and eventually published providing managers and the marketing world with a simple, practical tool that is in use 50 years later. In essence the Ansoff product/ market matrix is a tool that helps businesses decide their product and market growth strategy. Ansoff's product/ market matrix suggests that a business' … [Read more...] about Ansoff matrix – product market grid – Management theory & model