Rise of social media yields significant implications for innovation

  The rise of social media provides significant opportunities for innovation. Would-be innovators are able to gather input and feedback about ideas by simply monitoring Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, various blogs and online communities. Literally thousands of sentiments and reviews are available for the innovator to mine, learn from and leverage. Need to understand how people…

Organizations must innovate in order to thrive, not just survive

There is no doubt that innovation is critical. Organizations that innovate thrive, and organizations that stagnate die. But why is innovation so difficult? Part of the answer may lie in the fact that some organizations are held prisoner by their ingrained mental models. A mental model is the way in which an organization “sees” itself,…

New-age communication devices can hamper innovation

I often wonder how history will judge this era in which we find ourselves. In a time when there has never been so many ways to communicate with each other, will we look back and say that we really took advantage of all the tools we had to be more innovative? Or, will we see…

New innovators can learn plenty from the artist community

As creativity is a key component of innovation, would-be innovators can learn a great deal by studying the skills of an artist. One of the hallmarks of an artist is a keen ability to properly and efficiently utilize resources to create art. Take a sculptor for example. The sculptor utilizes clay or stone and sculpting…

Innovation requires unique leadership skills for real success

While good leadership is important in any endeavor, leading an innovation group is different from leading other areas of an organization. The right leadership of an innovation group can make the difference between organizations which successfully innovate and those which do not. I have seen innovation departments fail when being led by those who were…

Don’t try to be more innovative by getting a bigger hammer

Failure of an organization to be innovative is not due to the lack of desire. Most organizations want to be innovative. Failure often lies in what the organization does in its attempt to be more innovative. The plans and initiatives directed at making an organization more innovative are often flawed. The result is an unfortunate…

Doing something new and different can spark creativity

Neuroscience is now supporting something which creative people have long understood: New experiences are a pathway to creativity. It seems our brains, and therefore our patterns of thought, get in a rut when we live each day like the last. Doing something new causes the brain to “jump off of its usual track” and expand.…

Creativity is greatest gift to economic health of an organization

It is well-accepted that creativity in the workplace — more commercially referred to as “innovation” — has significant benefits to the economic health of an organization. New products, services and improvements, driven by human creativity, typically yield improved bottom lines. However, what may be overshadowed by the tangible benefits of profit is the significant benefit…