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Innovation Culture – We do not need a genius!

Managing people and spaces

“Managing people and caring about people is where the value is, because that is where the creativity is, where the innovation is.” – Steve Vamos

It is not easy to understand creativity and innovation without knowledge, especially since much of the innovative production processes resulted from R & D.

Without knowledge the paths of innovation are short or there is not even a starting point.

– David Rock says that scientific research found four steps in the process of insight:

– Awareness of the impasse

– The time for reflection

– The moment of introspection itself

– Action.

It is our capacity for reflection that calls for a special status to have a quiet space and time to be focused.

Organizations need to lose fear to the creativity and create space and time to facilitate the combination of inspiration and the fringes of knowledge. The networks are of course facilitators of this process, but do not exempt a proper environment for the creation and direct contacts with other people.

People need not be subject to other stimuli that are often distractions.

The industrial era no longer exists and the concepts of normality are not the same. After all people still accepted as normal over- stimulation caused by the new digital revolution, like email, mobile or social networks, where the flags are a constant.

Leaders must encourage their employees to establish connections to find the deeper meaning of ideas and their purpose.


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Managing people and spaces

“Managing people and caring about people is where the value is, because that is where the creativity is, where the innovation is.” – Steve Vamos

It is not easy to understand creativity and innovation without knowledge, especially since much of the innovative production processes resulted from R & D.

Without knowledge the paths of innovation are short or there is not even a starting point.

David Rock says that scientific research found four steps in the process of insight:

– Awareness of the impasse

– The time for reflection

– The moment of introspection itself

– Action.

It is our capacity for reflection that calls for a special status to have a quiet space and time to be focused.

Organizations need to lose fear to the creativity and create space and time to facilitate the combination of inspiration and the fringes of knowledge. The networks are of course facilitators of this process, but do not exempt a proper environment for the creation and direct contacts with other people.

People need not be subject to other stimuli that are often distractions.

The industrial era no longer exists and the concepts of normality are not the same. After all people still accepted as normal over- stimulation caused by the new digital revolution, like email, mobile or social networks, where the flags are a constant.

Leaders must encourage their employees to establish connections to find the deeper meaning of ideas and their purpose. Leer más “Innovation Culture – We do not need a genius!”

5-step Process for Business Transformation and Organizational Stability

During the past few weeks, I’ve spoken with many business leaders in the GCC. The topic on every one’s mind is, of course, the economy and how their business can weather the storm. Many of these executives had read my previous posts on restoring an organizational immune system, and on reducing complexity in key areas to increase business stability. Most of them had the same question: where do we start?

The answer is to start at the top – with those in charge of leading the business. The 5-step process below begins there and provides a roadmap for mobilizing the entire organization in support of transformation. It’s important to realize that business transformation isn’t a miracle cure for all business problems. It’s an ongoing journey and a continuous process. There’s no one end point, but every step you take will be a lifesaver for your company. Here’s how you can make sure you’re moving in the right direction, let’s see…


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by Kamal Hassan

5-Step Process for Business Transformation and Organizational StabilityDuring the past few weeks, I’ve spoken with many business leaders in the GCC. The topic on every one’s mind is, of course, the economy and how their business can weather the storm. Many of these executives had read my previous posts on restoring an organizational immune system, and on reducing complexity in key areas to increase business stability. Most of them had the same question: where do we start?

The answer is to start at the top – with those in charge of leading the business. The 5-step process below begins there and provides a roadmap for mobilizing the entire organization in support of transformation. It’s important to realize that business transformation isn’t a miracle cure for all business problems. It’s an ongoing journey and a continuous process. There’s no one end point, but every step you take will be a lifesaver for your company. Here’s how you can make sure you’re moving in the right direction, let’s see… Leer más “5-step Process for Business Transformation and Organizational Stability”

Infographic of the Day: Does the U.S. Waste Money on Innovation?

This infographic by accounting firm Grant Thorton purports to show how efficient 30 different countries are at innovation. How? Simply by showing the ratio between patents granted in a country, and the total R&D expenditures there.

Thus, the bigger the box in each country, the more innovation (as measured by patents) it gets for every R&D dollar:

So for the U.S. it looks really, really bad. Even though we grant more patents than any other country in the world, we also seem to simply throw money at the problem of innovation–and in the long run, that can’t be good for our own economic competitiveness.


This infographic by accounting firm Grant Thorton purports to show how efficient 30 different countries are at innovation. How? Simply by showing the ratio between patents granted in a country, and the total R&D expenditures there.

Thus, the bigger the box in each country, the more innovation (as measured by patents) it gets for every R&D dollar:


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So for the U.S. it looks really, really bad. Even though we grant more patents than any other country in the world, we also seem to simply throw money at the problem of innovation–and in the long run, that can’t be good for our own economic competitiveness. Leer más “Infographic of the Day: Does the U.S. Waste Money on Innovation?”

Innovation Horizons

In the book Innovation Tournaments (link), Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich, introduce the concept of innovation horizons. I have found their three horizons very helpful in thinking about the management of innovation.

What struck me in thinking about this chart is that developing innovations for each horizon requires different approaches and that most companies co-mingle all three types in a single innovation organization. This may explain why many organizations are not satisfied with the results of their innovation activities, as they are confusing their goals and their approaches to innovation. I believe that different, and perhaps independent, approaches are needed to create innovations for each Horizon.

Horizon 1 Innovations. These types of innovations are incremental by definition. The vast majority of innovation projects fall into this category. This is not surprising since if you ask 100 of your current customers, “How can we improve our product?” probably 90 of them will answer by saying, “Make it better, faster or cheaper.” There is nothing inherently wrong in pursuing Horizon 1 innovations, since they are exactly the types of innovation which will make your current customers most happy. They are also the most achievable ones. Companies need to consider how to best identify and implement Horizon 1 innovations.


by Sheldon Laube | Innovation Office, PwC

In the book Innovation Tournaments (link), Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich, introduce the concept of innovation horizons.  I have found their three horizons very helpful in thinking about the management of innovation.

What struck me in thinking about this chart is that developing innovations for each horizon requires different approaches and that most companies co-mingle all three types in a single innovation organization.  This may explain why many organizations are not satisfied with the results of their innovation activities, as they are confusing their goals and their approaches to innovation.  I believe that different, and perhaps independent, approaches are needed to create innovations for each Horizon.

Horizon 1 Innovations. These types of innovations are incremental by definition.  The vast majority of innovation projects fall into this category.  This is not surprising since if you ask 100 of your current customers, “How can we improve our product?” probably 90 of them will answer by saying, “Make it better, faster or cheaper.”  There is nothing inherently wrong in pursuing Horizon 1 innovations, since they are exactly the types of innovation which will make your current customers most happy.  They are also the most achievable ones.  Companies need to consider how to best identify and implement Horizon 1 innovations. Leer más “Innovation Horizons”

Innovation is a process of social interactions

I forgot!

Innovation is a social process that can only happen when people do that simple thing, which is surprising and deeply and that is connect with and promote the sharing of problems, opportunities and learning.

The reality of our life includes great ideas that not only develop with the passage from one silo to another silo or from room to room.

Although the generation of ideas is important, it ceases to be useful if there is not an effective process to transform inspiration into financial performance, i.e. value.

From the moment a good idea to start their trip to the market, a huge amount of connections are established repeatedly . The management of these interactions is thus the core activity of building an innovative company.

But why is innovation important?

The innovation became the key idea in shaping corporate life, helping business leaders to develop strategic options never before imagined.

When first we thought at potential acquisitions we were looking to act as a form of growth with cost reduction. With innovation we look not only to reducing costs but also as a means of accelerating earnings growth in first line and build capacity.

The innovation provides an advantage when entering new markets in a faster and more incisive way. A good example is P & G and its revitalized capacity for innovation, which allowed them to make inroads in developing markets and both will allow far greater than the growth potential in developed countries.

An environment of innovation is more productive, more agile, more comprehensive and can be more fun.

By putting innovation at the heart of the business, from top to bottom and from bottom to top , a company can improve the numbers and at the same time, find a much better way of doing things .

When innovation is nuclear in a company and in a way of doing things, it finds innovation not only in products but also in functions , logistics, processes and business models.

The best way of doing things is to create environments for people who want to be part of growth and not part of cyclical cost cutting.

This leads to say that anyone can innovate, but practically no one can innovate alone.

When a leader understand this, he can create maps, classify, measure and improve the social process to produce a steady stream of innovations.

Innovation is a journey that can be planned and repeated but this takes time and requires strong leadership. May require changes in the budget or the withdrawal of the strategy of the top priorities and necessarily require a different way of looking at the Human Resources.

It also requires an external openness in the processes of R & D and other knowledge sources.


Por jabaldaia

I forgot!

Innovation is a social process that can only happen when people do that simple thing, which is surprising and deeply and that is connect with and promote the sharing of problems, opportunities and learning.

The reality of our life includes great ideas that not only develop with the passage from one silo to another silo or from room to room.

Although the generation of ideas is important, it ceases to be useful if there is not an effective process to transform inspiration into financial performance, i.e. value.

From the moment a good idea to start their trip to the market, a huge amount of connections are established repeatedly . The management of these interactions is thus the core activity of building an innovative company.

But why is innovation important?

The innovation became the key idea in shaping corporate life, helping business leaders to develop strategic options never before imagined.

When first we thought at potential acquisitions we were looking to act as a form of growth with cost reduction. With innovation we look not only to reducing costs but also as a means of accelerating earnings growth in first line and build capacity.

The innovation provides an advantage when entering new markets in a faster and more incisive way. A good example is P & G and its revitalized capacity for innovation, which allowed them to make inroads in developing markets and both will allow far greater than the growth potential in developed countries.

An environment of innovation is more productive, more agile, more comprehensive and can be more fun.

By putting innovation at the heart of the business, from top to bottom and from bottom to top , a company can improve the numbers and at the same time, find a much better way of doing things .

When innovation is nuclear in a company and in a way of doing things, it finds innovation not only in products but also in functions , logistics, processes and business models.

The best way of doing things is to create environments for people who want to be part of growth and not part of cyclical cost cutting.

This leads to say that anyone can innovate, but practically no one can innovate alone.

When a leader understand this, he can create maps, classify, measure and improve the social process to produce a steady stream of innovations.

Innovation is a journey that can be planned and repeated but this takes time and requires strong leadership. May require changes in the budget or the withdrawal of the strategy of the top priorities and necessarily require a different way of looking at the Human Resources.

It also requires an external openness in the processes of R & D and other knowledge sources. Leer más “Innovation is a process of social interactions”

Meetings to innovate with open mind

Changes in meetings

The innovation development process and implementation of an idea can arise from the only the inside of an organization or in collaboration with external entities.

The creativity or our ability to produce work that is both original and unexpected as appropriate, that is useful and adaptable does not belong to a group of elected representatives or owners of silos within companies.

There is a clear focus on creativity and innovation in today’s society as crucial factors for success for both organizations and for society in general.

Although in form, the encounters between people and to present and discuss their ideas and projects, present themselves with some difference from the past but the ends remain the same:

– Discuss common goals.

Individuals in organizations come together to work together in these meetings and try to solve problems and create something new or improved products whether processes or organizational systems.

The meetings between people are also vital elements for effective knowledge management including its transfer within or from outside to inside.

The quality and power of decisions on crisis management, and strategic choices also depend on the creative use of information, knowledge and ideas presented and discussed at meetings.

However new concepts of innovation have emerged as the Open Innovation where collaboration between the actors, partly or wholly independent is an important factor.

The networks provide a kind of collaboration that is not confined to knowledge of those present at the meeting and the attitudes and behavior change is possible.


por jabaldaia

Changes in meetings

The innovation development process and implementation of an idea can arise from the only the inside of an organization or in collaboration with external entities.

The creativity or our ability to produce work that is both original and unexpected as appropriate, that is useful and adaptable does not belong to a group of elected representatives or owners of silos within companies.

There is a clear focus on creativity and innovation in today’s society as crucial factors for success for both organizations and for society in general.

Although in form, the encounters between people and to present and discuss their ideas and projects, present themselves with some difference from the past but the ends remain the same:

– Discuss common goals.

Individuals in organizations come together to work together in these meetings and try to solve problems and create something new or improved products whether processes or organizational systems.

The meetings between people are also vital elements for effective knowledge management including its transfer within or from outside to inside.

The quality and power of decisions on crisis management, and strategic choices also depend on the creative use of information, knowledge and ideas presented and discussed at meetings.

However new concepts of innovation have emerged as the Open Innovation where collaboration between the actors, partly or wholly independent is an important factor.

The networks provide a kind of collaboration that is not confined to knowledge of those present at the meeting and the attitudes and behavior change is possible. Leer más “Meetings to innovate with open mind”