Innovation articles

16 05, 2022

Winning for the wrong reasons

By |2022-05-16T22:21:31+02:00May 16th, 2022|Innovation|0 Comments

What happens when you win a contest which is meant to reward skill and talent, but people say you didn't deserve to win? Over the weekend, like millions of other people, I watched the Eurovision song contest 2022. The clear winner was the Ukraine, with 631 points, ahead of the UK on 466 points. Both [...]

11 05, 2022

Quantity breeds quality

By |2022-05-11T19:48:07+02:00May 11th, 2022|Innovation|0 Comments

If you want to improve your creativity, what is more likely to make you better in the long run: Creating a large volume of average-quality work, or focusing on a single piece and working tirelessly to try and make it perfect? A large number of creatives think that in order to make anything worthwhile, you [...]

22 04, 2022

Innovation Ecosystems: The future of Open Innovation

By |2022-04-22T17:11:50+02:00April 22nd, 2022|Innovation|0 Comments

For the past decade or so, one of the most popular ideas in innovation has been around Open Innovation. This is the practice of innovating and co-creation in collaboration with people outside of your company. So instead of trying to do all of your innovation activities within your departments and only launch the final product [...]

13 04, 2022

Are you solving a problem, or do you have a solution looking for a problem?

By |2022-04-13T16:26:32+02:00April 13th, 2022|Innovation|0 Comments

They are not the same thing. An innovation is only valuable if the customer perceives value in it. And for this to happen, the customer needs to feel like the solution is addressing some sort of problem or job to be done which they have. Too many startups, founders and inventors get this equation the [...]

12 04, 2022

First-Mover or Fast-Follower: Which is the right innovation strategy for you?

By |2022-04-12T17:55:23+02:00April 12th, 2022|Innovation|0 Comments

The early bird catches the worm ... ? What makes more sense: To be the first player in a brand new market, able to be the first (or only) company which customers buy from? To wait until other companies have proven there is a market for a new offering, and then quickly develop and scale [...]

5 04, 2022

Build it, and they won’t come

By |2022-04-05T16:26:54+02:00April 5th, 2022|Innovation|0 Comments

In the 1989 movieĀ Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner's character builds a baseball field within his corn farm after a ghostly voice tells him "If you build it, he will come". In this case, the "he" refers to Costner's character's dead father. Since then, especially in entrepreneurial companies and startups, the phrase has been changed to [...]

1 04, 2022

Highly creative brains may have more “random” connections

By |2022-03-31T18:22:59+02:00April 1st, 2022|Innovation|0 Comments

I have long talked about how the human brain aims to be as efficient as possible. One of the ways it achieves this is by linking together networks that often work together and strengthening the connections between those neurons, as well as making those networks faster at working together. However, a new series of brain [...]

28 03, 2022

What is the relationship between talent, creativity, skill and performance?

By |2022-03-28T22:06:45+02:00March 28th, 2022|Innovation|0 Comments

Often, when someone says they are not creative, what they are really saying is that they do not believe they have the same level of skills or talents as people they look up to as creative. Even if the people they look up to have spent an entire lifetime developing those talents. What they do [...]

23 03, 2022

Eating your own dog food

By |2022-03-23T18:06:08+01:00March 23rd, 2022|Innovation|0 Comments

You have a product. And you are trying to convince customers that they should trust you and buy your product. But do you actually know what it is like using the product you are trying to sell? So many leaders in companies have no idea what their own products are actually like. Whether the quality [...]