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Managing innovation - creating value from ideas

Innovation doesn't just happen. It's not like the cartoons - a lightbulb flashes on above someone's head and that's it. No - it's a journey and we need to understand how best to prepare for that journey, whatever kind of value we are trying to create. This podcast is about some useful lessons we might take on board to help develop our capabilities.For more, see my website:https://johnbessant.org

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Don't kick the copier!
Have you ever felt the urge to kick the photocopier? Or worse? That time when you desperately needed to make sixty copies of a workshop handout five minutes before your session begins. Or when you needed a single copy of your passport or driving licence, it’s the only way you can prove your identity to the man behind the desk about not to approve your visa application? Remember the awful day when you were struggling to print your boarding passes for the long-overdue holiday; that incident meant you ended up paying way over the odds at the airport?Given the number of photocopiers in the world and the fact that we are still a far from paperless society in spite of our digital aspirations, it’s a little surprising that the law books don’t actually contain a section on xeroxicide – the attempt or execution of terminal damage to the lives of these machines.Help is at hand. Because whilst we may still have the odd close and not very enjoyable encounter with these devices the reality is that they are getting better all the time. Not only through adding a bewildering range of functionality so that you can do almost anything with them apart from cook your breakfast, but also because they are becoming more reliable. And that is, in large measure, down to something called a community of practice. One of the most valuable resources we have in the innovation management toolkit....You can find a transcript of this blog here
14:28 09/15/2022
Open innovation - another innovation song
This one was written in part as a contribution to the retirement celebrations of the Father of Open Innovation, Henry Chesbrough ......Here are the lyrics: Open innovation  1. We’ve been innovating now for quite a long time It’s the big thing that has helped us to survive Find new ways to do things, keep on learning down the line It’s what keeps you and me – and companies – alive We’ve learned how we can manage it, how to repeat the trick                                All about the structures and routines But the world still keeps on changing, so we need to change with it Innovate our model, look through a new lens    Chorus Open innovation, these days it’s the name of the game Open innovation, some things will never be the same Put knowledge into motion, manage knowledge flows From outside in to inside out, and everywhere it goes Building knowledge networks but staying in control And don’t forget the IP above all!  2. It’s what you know and who you know and how they all connect That’s the innovation challenge of our time Learning knowledge trading, we have to give to get For that we need a whole new paradigm That’s where our good friend Henry first came into the frame Throwing down a challenge to the rest Laying out the ground rules to play a whole new game And giving us a label for the quest  Chorus 3. But it’s more than just a paradigm, it’s more than empty words Open innovation needs community It’s building up relationships, mapping out new roads Networking to link A with B and C It’s research and publications, built from rich conversations It’s conferences, workshops, seminars And most of all it’s people sharing their ideas In classrooms, companies – and bars!  Chorus Finale: So next time someone says to you, ‘we need to innovate’ And asks your advice about what is going on Just explain in no uncertain terms the best recipe to date…. With open innovation you can’t go wrong!  Chorus 
05:25 08/09/2022
Two timing innovation
Multiple  independent invention is surprisingly common — there have been many  research studies highlighting the pattern. Examples include the blast  furnace (invented independently in China, Europe and Africa) and the  crossbow (invented independently in China, Greece, Africa, northern  Canada, and the Baltic countries). And they reveal an important home  truth about how innovation actually happens. It’s not the Archimedes  moment, a flash of inspiration given by the Gods at bath time.  Instead it’s a process of hunting, of being open and aware of opportunities as  needs and means converge.The  idea of ‘closeness’ is key here — as things mature, knowledge  accumulates so we get to a tipping point where something is bound to happen somewhere. Like crystallisation the supersaturated liquid is  ready, it just needs the seed — a speck of dust or some other impurity  and the crystal starts to form.As this podcast explores...You can find a transcript here
17:19 07/28/2022
Scaling innovation
Innovation  fails — sometimes spectacularly so. It’s hard enough when that failure  comes early on during the start-up phase — that brilliant idea which  somehow isn’t quite as brilliant when it collides with the first few  encounters with the market. And when no amount of pivoting is going to  save it. It’s hard but it’s a matter of squeezing it for useful lessons  for the future and then throwing it in the bin. Chalk it up to  experience and try again.But  what happens when you’ve gone much further down the road? When you’ve  put in the hard yards, prototyping, pivoting and finally launching? And  when your early efforts seem to have yielded success? When it does seem  as if people value whatever it is that you’ve created from your idea?You  could just relax, take the (small) bouquets which come from succeeding  at something, those plaudits from family and friends. But most likely  you’ll recognise that, nice staging post though it is, you’re really  only halfway along the journey. Because for your idea to have real  impact you are going to need to scale it. And that’s where a whole new  set of challenges come into the frame.You can find a transcript here
19:05 07/11/2022
Digital is different?
How innovation management is changing and why we still need strategyThere’s no shortage of scary headlines reminding us of the looming challenge of digital transformation. The message is clear. On the one hand if we don’t climb aboard the digital bandwagon we’ll be left behind in a kind of late Stone Age, slowly crumbling to dust while the winds of change blow all around us. On the other we’re facing some really big questions — about employment, skills, structures, the whole business model with which we compete. If we don’t have a clear digital strategy to deal with these we’re going to be in trouble.And it’s not just the commercial world which is having to face up to these questions; the same is true in the public sector and in the not-for-profit world. The digital storm has arrived.Whether we ride it out or get washed up on the beach will depend on how well we manage this wave of innovation - which is the theme of this podcast(You can find a transcript here)
19:14 06/21/2022
Why creative conflict matters in innovation
One of the huge cast of characters created by the wonderful humorous writer P. G. Wodehouse was Wilmot Mulliner. Perhaps not so well known as Jeeves and Wooster he’s nevertheless an interesting subject. We’re introduced to him at a difficult time in his life; he’s employed in the burgeoning film industry, working for Mr Schnellenhamer, the head of the Perfecto-Zizzbaum Corporation, a film studio. And he’s not a happy man.His role is that of a ‘Nodder’ and, as Wodehouse explains, this is similar to a Yes-Man except lower in the social scale. He is expected to nod in agreement to what the chief executive says but only after all the Yes-Men have said yes. Perhaps not surprisingly, he’s getting a little fed up with this role.Wilmot is a wonderfully comic creation but also a reminder of what we don’t want in our world of creativity. We know good ideas don’t come from a single person — perfectly formed. They benefit from challenge and argument - which is the theme we explore in  this podcast.You can find a transcript here
12:31 05/17/2022
Managing knowledge spaghetti
Innovation is all about knowledge spaghetti.Just like a plate of pasta innovation involves many different strands. Only this time we are talking about knowledge - technical knowledge, market knowledge, legal knowledge, financial knowledge and so on. They need to be woven together to create value. And these knowledge strands are held by different people, inside and outside the organization. We have to find them and connect them, link them together to enable us to innovate. Whilst we can superimpose structures on it to help us with this task we shouldn’t forget that we’re really working with knowledge spaghetti.One very powerful model is based on the idea that everyone in the organization has something to contribute to the innovation story – high involvement innovation. Here we’re working on the belief that even small strands of knowledge can be important and if we could bring them in to the story we’d make significant progress.Which history tells us we can.In countless embodiments the principle of high involvement has been shown to pay dividends.Ask people for what they know that might help solve problems around quality, cost, delivery, etc – and there’s no shortage of good ideas in response.But it’s not just the raw return on investment which collaboration platforms offer – thought these benefits are impressive. Their real value lies in the way they enable ‘emergent properties’ – the innovation whole becomes much greater than the sum of its parts.They give us new and powerful ways of working with the knowledge spaghetti. Not only can we handle the sheer scale of the knowledge challenge and focus it towards key objectives but we can do so in ways which yield surprising additional benefits. They effectively turbocharge our innovation system.   As this podcast suggests...You can find a transcript here
18:59 04/24/2022
Releasing the power of users - why healthcare innovation is going to depend increasingly on the insights of patients
These days there are very few certainties but this is one of them. We’re all going to depend increasingly on healthcare innovation for the quality of our future lives. Keeping ourselves healthy, coping with chronic ailments, living into old age with dignity and independence. We all want this — and we’re going to need all the help we can find to help us get there.Which helps explain the huge and growing healthcare industry and the explosion of start-ups in this space. Healthcare innovation matters.But look again at that first paragraph. This is not a sector we can be entirely objective about, looking in through the window at it. It’s about us, it concerns each of us as individuals, with all the diversity that implies. We all have a stake in healthcare innovation but we’re also aware that one size isn’t necessarily going to fit us all. So there is real scope for our voices to be heard and our ideas to be used. A classic opportunity for user innovation - as this podcast explores.You can find a transcript here
14:05 04/06/2022
The suggestion box strikes back
The suggestion box sounds like a very old approach to the challenge of  high involvement innovation - how to engage the majority of people in an  organization in the innovation agenda.  It conjures images of dusty  boxes tucked away in the corner into which people have long since given  up posting ideas.But its successors - collaboration platforms  for innovation - carry out essentially the same task.  The difference is  that they do so in highly interactive fashion, and act not only as a  place to capture ideas but also to develop, shape and implement them.   They represent a powerful tool in the innovation armoury - although, as  this podcast suggests, their effective implementation requires much more  than just technology.You can find a transcript here
18:52 03/17/2022
At the Innovation Ball - another innovation song..
Innovation is all about uncertainty - no-one knows quite what's around the corner.  So there's a limit to how far we can plan to work with it - and instead we need to develop the skills of agility.  As this song suggests, it’s a bit like learning to dance....Dancing at the Innovation Ball The thing with innovation, this is something you will learn It never goes the way you want, you’ve got to twist and turn The road ahead’s uneven, one way streets and plain dead ends And there’s always something nasty hiding just around the bend! But there ‘s one thing you can rely on, one thing we know for sure Innovation’s quite predictable – it follows Murphy’s Law!  Chorus So be quick on your feet and light on your toes Learn to do the dance Going round in circles is just how it goes When your partner's name is Chance Three steps forward, two steps back And don’t forget to turn Never mind when events try to push you off track It’s just what you have to learn It’s no big deal if you trip or you stumble Don’t be afraid to fall Intelligent failure’s the name of the game At the Innovation Ball!   The best laid plans o’ mice and men do oft times gang agley What the poet, Robbie Burns, was really trying to say Is that things don’t always work out right, no matter how hard you try So you need to learn to live with it, instead of asking why…. Of course you need a project plan, of course you need a team But remember with even the best of these things are never what they seem  Chorus  Learning to dance this waltz might seem as hard as it can be But if you keep on, persevere, it’s easy as ABC Fail fast, fail forward, and pivot – capture what you’ve gained Pick yourself up, dust yourself down and then go round again! It’s build, test, review, build, test, review,  and build, test, review, once more Never mind if you’re feeling all battered and bruised from all the times you hit the floor!  Chorus     
04:44 02/27/2022
Making innovation count - why measurement matters
 The great management writer W. Edwards Deming had a powerful introduction to his talks on quality management. Pulling out a dollar bill and waving it in front of the audience he would point out the wording: ‘In God we trust’ — and then go on to comment that in business life the same principle could be applied, but with the afterthought ‘…everything else we should measure’. His argument was simple; if we want to control something we need to make sure we measure it. And that’s as true of innovation as any other business process. Although it can appear to be about inspiration, intuition and risk-taking the fact is that it’s a process and needs managing as such….. You can find a transcript here
17:42 02/03/2022
Not invented here? Why letting go is sometimes the hardest part of innovation
 History is full of examples of innovations which, despite their promise, have been resisted by established players – the ‘not invented here’ effect.  And although we’re familiar with the problem it doesn’t seem to have gone away; there are still plenty of examples to be found across today’s innovation landscape.  One candidate might be UAVs – unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.  They’ve changed the face of aviation-based services in a wide range of industries from agriculture to zoo-keeping, yet the mainstream aviation industry is still cautious about their adoption.  Is the challenge in the technology itself – or in the questions it asks about the way we’ve always done things in the past? You can find the transcript here
22:04 01/20/2022
Everyday entrepreneurs
 Here’s a challenge. Close your eyes and try to visualise an entrepreneur. There’s a good chance that what you’ve come up with will be one of the usual suspects — Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, perhaps some of the older versions like Steve Jobs or even Thomas Edison. Hopefully there’s a fair number of women represented, players like Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce or Ariana Huffington; after all statistics show that 252 million entrepreneurs out of approximately 582 million in the world are female.But that's not the only kind of person who acts as an entrepreneur - in fact we're all potentially playing the role, as this podcast suggests. 
18:16 01/10/2022
Learning to create the digital future
 What kinds of skills are going to be needed in organizations as they move towards an increasingly ‘phygital’ (= hybrid physical and digital) world of operations?  Why are the skills of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship becoming so important? And how might people be trained on a continuing basis to acquire and deploy these skills inside a large international organization?  In this podcast we speak with Dietmar Schloesser, responsible for digital innovation within the TÜV NORD group who shares his experience and learning around these and other questions.  In particular he comments on many of the themes raised in the VISION project exploring the future of learning and skills development, in which his organization have been enthusiastic and insightful partners.  You can find a video version here  And you can find out more about TUV NORD here  And more about the VISION project here 
32:44 12/20/2021
Delivering digital transformation - an interview with Alan Brown
The challenge of digital innovation is everywhere.  It’s hard to escape the talk of ‘revolutionary impact’ or ‘digital disruption’ or the need for new strategies to cope with ‘digital transformation’.  But what’s really going on, where are the big questions we should be addressing and how might this affect our approach to innovation management?This podcast features an interview with Alan Brown, Professor of Digital Economy at the University of Exeter, author of the influential book ‘Delivering digital transformation’, and a well-known writer and speaker on the topic.  In it he explores some of the key issues surrounding the effective use of digital innovation, drawing on themes which he regular talks about in his excellent blog series ‘Digital economy dispatches’.    You can find out more at his website And you can find a video version here
27:22 12/10/2021
Moving to an online world of innovation training
Podcasts are a bit like London buses.  You wait a long time and then three come along all at once!  This week we feature more in the series around the challenges to education and training in innovation , creativity and entrepreneurship - the main theme of the VISION project.We’ve already seen that there are likely to be significant shifts across the landscape in terms of technology, expectations, curriculum, evaluation and overall student experience.  But how will this play out in the lives of key actors in the process?This is the first of three interviews conducted by Olga Kokshagina, one of the researchers on the VISION project and co-author of the open access book on the project.  (You can find more details here).  In it she speaks with Gijs van Wulfen, a well-known speaker, writer and trainer in the field about some of the dramatic changes affecting his world in trying to equip people with the skills for handling innovation and entrepreneurship.  Significantly his whole business model was massively disrupted by the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic which has meant he has had to rapidly reshape his work to suit a world in which almost all training now takes place online and remotely.  (He’s tried to capture this experience in an excellent new book which explores the ways in which organizations can rethink their innovation processes for an online world).
14:13 12/06/2021
Successful alchemy
This is the story of the development of porcelain, a series of innovations which enabled the creation of beautiful artefacts and a global industry.  They represent a kind of alchemy,  transmuting a handful of earth into weisses Gold - white gold.You can find a transcript here
16:42 11/25/2021
Shaping the future learning landscape for innovation
The development of skills and capabilities to work with innovation is becoming essential — they are no longer the province of specialists but something we all need to acquire and practice.  In an earlier podcast we looked at the changing landscape for learning about innovation and entrepreneurship., drawing on the VISION project,  a major European study looking at this question.  At its heart is a vision of how things might develop over the next ten years and it poses challenges around what we might start doing now to secure a positive future.But whilst we have an idea of what's up ahead the reality is that the future isn't predetermined.  It’s a 'design space' within which different versions of the future are argued out and shape - a  bit like stretching and shaping dough before we bake it.So in this podcast we'll listen in on a debate around the different ways in which the future of learning about innovation and entrepreneurship will be shaped - and look at some of the barriers we might need to overcome to get there.
52:29 11/19/2021
Priming the innovation pump
You don’t get to be 150 years old just by being lucky.  German pump-maker Wilo is paused to celebrate its big anniversary next year and it owes a great deal of its survival and growth to innovation, something it has worked hard to build into its culture.  Founded in 1872 as a brass and copper foundry the business has grown to become a typical ‘hidden champion’,  quietly getting on with its business of becoming world-leading in its field, providing a wide range of innovative pumping solutions for a global market.  In this interview with Sven Grave, Head of Innovation, we explore a little more about how the company continues to benefit from the ideas and insights of its employees.You can read more about the company hereAnd visit their website here
21:39 11/01/2021
Learning into the future
Innovation matters — of course. It’s the driving force behind economic and social change and underpins our evolution as a civilised society. And with the kind of challenges we now face it’s also clear that the development of skills and capabilities to work with innovation are also becoming essential — they are no longer the province of specialists but something we all need to acquire and practice. They are becoming life skills — but developing them across the population raises a big question — how? What are the relevant capabilities and how to enable learning and skills development? How to teach them, who, along which channels, etc? Those are the questions being explored in the VISION project — a major European study looking at the changing landscape for education and training around innovation , creativity and entrepreneurship. At its heart is a vision of how things might develop over the next ten years and it poses challenges around what we might start doing now to secure a positive future.The past is another country — they do things differently there. But so too is the future — we know it will be different and the VISION forecasting and futures process has explored a wide range of issues. In this podcast we’re going to look in more depth at some of the key dimensions for change — what will differ and by when?You can find a transcript here
24:26 10/21/2021
Playing to learn - and learning to play
Watch any group of kids at play and you can remind yourself that this is something which comes naturally. It should do; evolutionary psychologists are pretty clear that the ability to play (and therefore imagine and simulate a variety of situations) developed as an important adaptive mechanism. Kids play because they are hard-wired to do so; reward circuits in the brain reinforce the experience with suitable chemicals to ensure it is seen as something pleasurable which they will want to repeat.It’s not just kids; all mammals display similar behaviour and it raises an important question. Why? Play is costly in terms of energy so why have they evolved to retain this capacity? The argument is that play is not accidental but instead serves several important purposes:It enables them to· practice skills that are essential to their survival and reproduction;· learn to cope physically and emotionally with unexpected, potentially harmful events;· reduce hostility and enable cooperation.· generate new, sometimes useful creationsAll of which could be pretty useful in the process of coming up with ideas and turning those into value — innovation.  This podcast explores how play might be a key resource for working with innovation.You can find a transcript here
16:37 10/08/2021
Going with the flow
Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas which change the world. A metal box which can be easily loaded and unloaded transformed the pattern of world trade and the economics of shipping and distribution.  Brainchild of Malcolm McClean the idea of containerisation is one of those innovations which changed the world.McLean was a tough entrepreneur who’d already built a business out of trucking. He’d learned the rules of the innovation game the hard way and knew that having a great idea was only the start of a long journey. Realising the value at scale would take a lot of ingenious problem-solving and systems thinking to put the puzzle together. He needed complementary assets — the ‘who else?’ and ‘what else?’ — to realise his vision. And he understood the challenge of diffusion — getting others to buy into your idea and enabling adoption through a mixture of demonstration, persuasion and pressure. But he wasn’t the first to come up with the idea; that distinction probably goes to another systems thinker who played the innovation game well throughout his unfortunately short life. And, like McClean, he can take a big share of the credit for transforming the pattern of world trade, this time in the 18th century.  This podcast looks at the innovation work of James Brindley, canal builder, millwright-engineer and innovator extraordinaire.You can find a transcript here
13:32 09/29/2021
Sustainability-led innovation
The sustainability challenge.Maybe you’re a pessimist, seeing dire threats in global warming, worrying about the rate at which we’re using up the planet’s resources, concerned at the way we’re carelessly throwing the litter of our thoughtless consumption for later generations to pick up. Or maybe you’re an optimist, seeing new opportunities in this changing world perspective, shifting to low carbon solutions, cleaner energy and smarter homes and cities. Unlocking new technological possibilities to reshape the way we are able to interact and survive. Either way it’s likely that innovation - right across the spectrum, from new products and services, through new and improved processes to rethinking our underlying business and social models – will be involved. And this raises some important questions about how we approach the management of this – is it simply a case of business as usual or do we need to adjust and extend our routines for handling the challenge?This podcast explores some of these issues.You can find a transcript here
17:33 09/14/2021
Flying high with great ideas...
Try this. Get hold of a group of people, mostly strangers, and have them gather at the opposite side of a large room. Now run very fast towards them and, just before you reach them, leap off the ground and let yourself fly through the air. Sounds a crazy thing to do and one which is not too healthy if they fail to catch you — yet it is a typical warm up exercise in the world of theatre. Groups of actors gather together to try and create a theatrical experience which will be memorable, drawing an audience into a journey of imagination. And in order to innovate in this fashion they need some core skills around building a sense of support for each other as they take risks and explore new ways of delivering that experience. Flying through the air and hoping someone will catch you is a powerful way of developing that sense of support — and it underlines a key element in our understanding of what makes for effective innovation. We need a sense of psychological safety.This podcast explores that idea.....You can find a transcript hereSee my website here for more like this
12:40 09/02/2021
The power of problem exploration
‘Houston, we’ve had a problem here’. John Swigert’s famous words, delivered in a voice as calm and clear as the mountain air in his native Denver home. But to the Apollo 13 mission controllers thousands of miles below in Texas this fired the starting gun in a race against time. At 2am on 14th April, 1970 an explosion in the main oxygen tanks and the failure of a major part of the electrical system suddenly put the Apollo crew’s lives at risk. The extreme conditions in which they had to work to repair it required rapid creative thinking on the part of a large group of people on the ground and aboard the ship itself.As the drama unfolded the whole world watched, holding its breath. This wasn’t a simple case of pulling a ready-made solution off the shelf; instead it required exploring the nature and dimensions of the problem, redefining and shaping it. Only then did the solution route become apparent, emerging gradually as a direction worth travelling in.Sometimes it's worth spending time exploring and reframing innovation problems before we begin to solve them - as this podcast suggests.You can find a transcript here
12:23 08/18/2021
Old kids on the innovation block
It’s sometimes easy to forget that even the world’s largest companies were once start-ups. And a key feature of start-ups (the successful ones) is that they are fast learners. This blog looks at the way in which this fast learning, coupled with a willingness to embed and reinforce successful practices, can build innovation capability for the long-term. It can even grow a globally successful corporation with over a hundred years of innovation history - with the help of a banjo player or two along the way...Click here for the transcriptSee my website:  https://johnbessant.org/ and follow my blogAnd follow my online course hereAnd my audio course here:
16:17 08/13/2021
Learning to manage innovation - a glimpse into the future
We need innovation more than ever. But we also need to be able to make it happen effectively, to be able to repeat the trick.  There’s too much at stake to trust to luck; we need to learn to manage the process.  Which puts a premium on thinking about  how we approach supporting the learning of these life skills for the future.  How can we enable different learners in different contexts to master the craft of innovation?  In this situation having a picture of the future and the ways in which we can help people master the craft of innovation becomes rather important.  Not least because the future has yet to happen; the better we understand and explore it the more we can can identify desirable scenarios and then ‘back-cast’ from them, roadmapping our way to relevant policy and practices which we can introduce today.That's the thinking behind the VISION project - a ‘Knowledge Alliance project within the EU’s Erasmus Plus scheme.  Using an integrated and proven suite of tools for systematically exploring the future the VISION team engaged with over 120 stakeholders, built a variety of scenarios and explored them in depth through workshops, webinars and other tools to create a detailed picture of the emerging challenges and opportunities in this space of learning facilitation around innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.This podcast is the first in a series which explores the landscape around learning to manage innovation in the future and shares some fo the insights from the research.You can find out more about the VISION project hereAnd read the transcript of this podcast hereThis project has been funded with support from the European Commission, Project Number: 612537-EPP-1-2019-1-SI-EPPKA2-KA. This podcast reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
25:21 07/30/2021
Crisis innovation - another innovation song
Time for another innovation song....This formed part of my keynote session with Tim Minshall at the R&D Management conference last week.  Their title was 'Innovation in an era of disruption' and Tim and I were exchanging ideas on how we might learn from the many innovation responses to the current pandemic crisis - and carry some of those lessons forward.  Cue for a song to distil some of the key messages......You can find a transcript below:Innovation’s always been about surprisesThe game’s no fun without thatJust sometimes you can have too many surprisesWhen they come all at once they can knock you flat It’s worst when they come at you from different directionsAnd then seem to land all at onceYour carefully planned innovation systemsStart to buckle with the force of their punch There’s the one’s that sneak up on you, unawaresAnd the ones that jump out in plain sightThe ones you see coming from over the horizonBut you think, I’m OK, just sit tight  If we can just keep our heads down, somehow muddle throughThen we’ll get back to what is normal and niceLet the dust settle, relax into our armchairsAfter all, Lightning never strikes twice Which is fine - until the next time those alarm bells start ringing And the panic stations buttons getting pressedIt’s then we get to wishing we’d done some more preparationSome way to help avoid the stress So how can we innovate out of a crisisCan we prepare ourselves for the next wave?What kind of lessons could we carry forward?How can we learn to behave? Chorus We need imaginationWe need collaborationKnowledge integrationMobilise what people knowFocused inspirationImprovisationLots of explorationTo get some innovation to go If we want to stay alive, we’ve got to learn to duck and diveThere’s lots of things that we should try and doLoosen up our minds, leave certainty behindBeing agile’s what is going to pull us through Learn to work with what we’re given, frugal innovationSometimes it’s the case that less is moreRapid prototyping, probe and learn’s the right thingThere’s lots of different roads we can explore If we listen to the crowd, broadcast the problem far and loudAnd listen to the answers coming backGet them looking at the problem from their different perspectivesWe might just find the answer that we lack We need Re - combination, Re - configurationRe - framing everything we knowRe-evaluation of our final destinationPivoting’s the way to go So next time a crisis hits you and you wonder ‘what can we do?’Here’s some innovation thoughts to bear in mindUse your creativity, build a capabilityDevelop routines for the non-routine - it’s got to be worth trying We need imaginationWe need collaborationKnowledge integrationMobilise what people knowFocused inspirationImprovisationLots of explorationTo get some innovation to go 
05:06 07/13/2021
Transacting innovation ideas...
ISPIM - the International Society for Professional Innovation Management - holds an annula conference which is always a good place to bump into new ideas and people in the world of innovation management.  Unfortunately this year's event, like that of 2020, was confined to virtual space instead of taking place in the fascinating city of Berlin.  But that didn't stop it being another stimulating few days - this podcast contains a few of my reflections...You can find a transcript of this podcast hereand more details about iSPIM and links to presentations here
10:12 06/30/2021
Innovating with diversity
An interview with Henry Rose LeeVariety is the spice of life - and diversity is the driver of innovation.  There’s a great deal of research which highlights the value of different ideas and insights coming from diverse perspectives and the power of bringing them together in the innovation mix.  But how can we build this into our approach to managing innovation?In this interview inter-generational expert Henry Rose Lee explains how today’s organizations contain a fascinating mix of generations which represents a huge potential resource.  She also looks at some of the challenges in mobilising such diversity around the core focus of innovation.You can watch a video version of this interview hereAnd you can find more about Henry's work and ideas here:
31:04 06/18/2021