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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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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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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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Joining the transformation and innovation dots

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 27/07/2020
No one is an island, so the saying goes, and the same is true of business concepts and delivery. Leadership theory, sustainability, lean project management, or indeed any other business practice cannot be taken in isolation. And if you try then the inevitable outcome is a clash between existing and new methodologies alongside confusion and […]
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Why smart leaders are building innovation maturity NOW!

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 28/05/2020
In the middle of any crisis, the leadership dilemma is always how to continue shaping the future while balancing the short-term need to navigate the current storm. The crash of 2008 was the last catalyst for step-change. Although it can’t be compared in the same light, we think the current COVID-19 pandemic will be the […]
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Are you Aiming to Manage Change?

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 28/04/2020
Before the COVID-19 lockdown, less than 1% of health consultations took place over a video link. Now video/internet and phone consultations are seen as the primary method of contact in the first instance between doctors and patients. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen public buildings repurposed as field hospitals, and factories retooling to produce […]
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Are you Aiming for Innovation Leadership?

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 23/04/2020
Are you ready to lead an innovation-centric organisation? Now don’t tell me that you are in a position of leadership so you must be! That’s a bit like saying you got a certificate for twenty-five meters doggy paddle in school and are therefore ready to swim the channel. Leading for innovation isn’t merely a question […]
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Innovation Maturity; Stop Guessing, Start Measuring!

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 21/04/2020
“Creativity without measurement is akin to chaos” [1] Please don’t take our word for it; this is a time when statistics can reveal far more than we perhaps want to admit. So let’s open by examining a few key facts, starting with a look at how innovation creativity, or the lack of it, impacts organisations […]
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