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Leading FOR Innovation; It’s a numbers game!

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 25/11/2020
Let me make you a promise; nowhere in this article am I going to ask you where you see your leadership style sitting on a scale of 1-10. Nor am I going to set out to tell you that what you are doing is wrong. After all, every organisation is different, and every organisation may […]
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To drive innovation, you must understand your ecosystem

  • Posted by Dan Toma
  • On 17/11/2020
An innovation ecosystem’s many elements must work in sync for growth to happen, write Cris Beswick, Dan Toma and Ricardo Vargas In 1878 Leo Tolstoy released what would become one of his most acclaimed works, the novel ‘Anna Karenina‘. The book started with a quote that over the centuries has transcended disciplines: ‘Happy families are […]
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If you want innovation, start with the right breakfast!

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 10/11/2020
Does culture still eat strategy for breakfast? That’s the question which I posted in a webinar which I was invited to present by ‘We are lean and agile’, a company whose vision statement is ‘making improvement easier for you.’ Through a mix of coaching and the deployment of Engage Process software they help organisations to […]
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Are you tackling your innovation blockers?

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 03/11/2020
What is the number one innovation blocker in your organisation? That’s the question which the team at Solverboard, the all-in-one innovation platform, recently set out to answer. Building on the success of their 2019 report which looked at five key innovation challenges including measuring innovation and employee buy-in, the 2020 report [1] identified five areas […]
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The First Step in Improving an Ecosystem

  • Posted by Dan Toma
  • On 13/10/2020
In 1878 Leo Tolstoy released what would become one of his most acclaimed works, the novel Anna Karenina. The book starts with a quote, that over the centuries will transcend disciplines: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Taken literally, the quote is a good reflection on family […]
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Owning the Innovation Agenda

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 05/10/2020
When the going gets tough, where are you to be found? Or is that an unfair question? You might even see it as a knee-jerk reaction to current circumstances, born out of the twin challenges of COVID and the ever-looming end of the Brexit transition period. Indeed, we can all acknowledge that over the past […]
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Creating an innovation strategy is a team effort!

  • Posted by Dan Toma
  • On 28/09/2020
An inclusive and consensual approach to developing bold innovation strategies is needed. Why, you ask? Historically speaking, strategy formulation was an activity reserved for a select group of individuals in an organisation or external consultants.  Starting in the 80’s the strategy development process was professionalised as it evolved from the chief executive’s domain into a […]
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The 9 Mistakes Venture Boards Make

  • Posted by Dan Toma
  • On 31/08/2020
Although in principle everyone agrees that corporations need to get better at mimicking the venture capital world when it comes to taking investment decisions in ventures, in reality this is proving harder to apply.  One of the vehicles corporations created internally to be able to make better and faster decisions with respect to their innovation […]
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Changing the organisational climate for innovation to thrive

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 24/08/2020
Hot summers, flash floods, intense storms; it’s hard to escape some of the more immediate impacts of climate change. But there are other impacts too, some of which scientists are yet to understand fully. Take the effects of climate change on permafrost, for example. Acting as a quasi-protective layer between the atmosphere and locked-in carbon […]
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Identifying your innovation ecosystem red flags

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 11/08/2020
Innovation doesn’t work; our investment in innovation hasn’t delivered. When I hear comments from senior leaders like these, I come back time and time again to the apocryphal story of the person lost in the countryside who asks someone leaning on a gate for directions, to which the person replies; “well if it were me, […]
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