Type I vs Type II Innovation Programs

March 30, 2020
In my decade-plus years working with corporate innovation leaders, I’ve seen a variety of frameworks to explain what we mean by “innovation.” The most enduring of these has been McKinsey’s Three Horizons model – although there are plenty of others. These models – powerful though they are – have... Read More

Dialing In - The Impact of Video Conferencing and Virtual Collaboration Technologies

March 17, 2020
As countries around the world brace for - or are currently dealing with - the impact of the COVID-19 virus, companies, government and religious organizations, schools, and other social groups have been looking for ways to protect their communities. Many have begun to promote and encourage social... Read More

Pulse of Innovation: Encouraging Risk, Navigating Uncertainty, and Embracing Failure

March 02, 2020
Every so often we ask our community to sound off on popular topics in innovation and share their best tips, tricks, and advice in hopes that their answers may inspire others in the field. We’ve gathered these insights by email, over phone calls, at events and roundtables, and catching up with... Read More

5 Ways to Avoid Innovation Theater

February 03, 2020
Anyone reading the typical startup-world commentary about Innovation Theater might be tempted to make one of two assumptions. First, big companies are clueless about how to innovate. Second, they must be screwing up innovation on purpose – playing a cynical game just to convince outsiders... Read More

About-Face: How AI and Augmented Reality is Transforming Skin Care

January 07, 2020
The personal care industry has seen many trends come and go over the years. With promises to revitalize and rejuvenate, clarify and cleanse, or depuff and detoxify, marketers have effectively built associations between certain ingredients, like charcoal or cucumber, and these claims/promises.... Read More

Pulse of Innovation: Upgrading an Established Innovation Program

November 11, 2019
Every so often we ask our community to sound off on popular topics in innovation and share their best tips, tricks, and advice in hopes that their answers may inspire others in the field. We’ve gathered these insights by email, over phone calls, at events and roundtables, and catching up with... Read More

Pulse of Innovation: Managing Innovation Across Multiple Sites

October 15, 2019
Every so often we ask our community to sound off on popular topics in innovation and share their best tips, tricks, and advice in hopes that their answers may inspire others in the field. We’ve gathered these insights by email, over phone calls, at events and roundtables, and catching up with... Read More

“Innovation Ops” had been an oxymoron. Now it’s a best practice.

September 18, 2019
Even just a few years ago, conventional wisdom held that “innovation” and “operations” didn’t belong in the same sentence. Performance targets ruin the creative impulse. Science needs space, time, and freedom to flourish. Innovation can never be bottled into an efficient, machine-like operation. Read More

The Necessity of Open Innovation and Collaboration in Healthcare

September 04, 2019
Healthcare, like many other fields, is an increasingly collaborative industry, with most organizations looking outside their internal silos for new ideas, innovations, and expertise. As we’ve highlighted in other works, co-patenting—when two or more parties collaborate to obtain a patent—has risen... Read More

Why the Corporate Antibodies are Innovation’s Best Friend

July 24, 2019
There’s a repeated conversation that happens among corporate leaders, whispered in the halls of conferences and passed among friends like a rite of passage: “Watch out for the corporate antibodies,” goes the refrain. “They’ll kill your innovations faster than anything else.” Read More
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