I wonder if some of the typical tools we have traditionally used for Innovation in most big companies, namely the typical innovation funnel, are indeed the best we could use. After going through an interesting training on the ThinkWrong methodology, which I certainly recommend, I would like to share with you a few quick thoughts around it. (more…)
Ambidexterity, the Holy Grail of Corporate Innovation… but what is the meaning of this word? Why is it so difficult to attain? The concept is easy to understand, being able to use both hands indistinctively, but applied to business practice. That is, the capability of excelling in regular operations while having a worthy innovation practice. In order to explain my point of view, I will use an analogy with Physics, Nuclear Fusion in this case, another phenomenon “easy” to explain but very difficult to do.(more…)
Have you ever felt frustrated during an innovation effort? You are not alone. Lie down on the Innovation couch and let’s talk about it.(more…)
Innovating across the box
One of the most widely used concept in the innovation realm is “thinking out of the box”. In this post I am going to comment an interesting proposal from Phil McKinney, called “Box Think”, where he proposes to indeed think outside the box, but also in parallel with thinking inside the box.
Walking or Leaping…
Have you ever had the need to explain to someone (a friend, a colleague or your board) the difference between Continuous Improvement and Innovation? How did you do it? Is there a difference? Well, in this short post, I will share with you a possible explanation that you can use. Of course, you can disagree with me and offer a better argument, which I will be very happy to discuss.
The Expert Conundrum
What is an expert? If we take the definition of the Cambridge Dictionary, an expert is “a person with a high level of knowledge or skill relating to a particular subject or activity”. No problem with this definition, right? So… a machine cannot be an expert? Well, in this post I will try to elaborate a little around these issues and how they relate to Innovation.
There is no serious (or not so serious) innovation blog without a specific post on quotes, so after passing the 20 post frontier, I believe the time to do the “quote post” has finally arrived! Anyhow, people who know me are aware that I am quite fond of some particular quotes and of using quotes in general to focus or anchor a point, so this post actually comes as quite natural to me.
Destroy to create?
There are two visions of the world. In the first one, space is limited, so any new thing needs to come at the expense of something already existing. On the other hand, there is another vision where space is unlimited and there is always room for expansion and creation of new things. Allow me to get a little philosophical today and talk about Innovation from these perspectives.
I have just ended my holidays this summer and I would like to share with you some thinking I did during those days when you are able to clear your mind from everyday issues and problems. I want to go back to basics with a new post on the Physics of Innovation, where I try to make an analogy between physical laws and Business Innovation. So let’s give some thought to Newton’s Laws…
If you ask me which is the concept I have used the most in my Innovation Management talks, I am sure it would be that of the Innovation Horizons, well, probably closely following the definition of Innovation itself. However, I have never explained in this blog my view about this concept and why I believe it is so important, so it is about time I do it.