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Should Innovation Be Top-Down Or Bottom-Up?...It Depends!

Posted by Creative Realities on September 19, 2012

We are often asked if the best way to structure for innovation is top-down or bottom-up? The answer is both if you are going to succeed in the long run.

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Topics: Mark Sebell, Stage Gate, structuring for innovation, game-changing, Innovation, breakthrough innovation, strategy, growth, decision-making, Incremental Innovation

The Person Who Can Say “Yes” to Innovation Without Permission

Posted by Creative Realities on May 21, 2012

The over-arching truth about big innovation is this; “You Get What You PlayFor,” because the processes and tools for managing core businesses don’t work when the goal is to identify and successfully introduce ideas that don’t exist today; true innovations not incremental ones. So you get what you play for and it’s who gets to play that makes all the difference.

When executives create teams to pursue breakthrough innovation they typically push the work down to the operating levels, just like they do so successfully with their core businesses. That sounds eminently laudable – after all, they’re “empowering” a group of hands-on people. They think they are too busy to deal with innovation but there’s another reason for taking that approach: Leaders don’t want to get involved in big innovation. They are afraid of it because they haven’t experienced it or been schooled in managing it; and bosses don’t like being visibly vulnerable.

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Topics: Mark Sebell, Absurdity, executive sponsor, new ideas, Skin in the game, Innovation, breakthrough innovation, decision-making

Innovating a Superior Experience

Posted by Creative Realities on February 29, 2012

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Topics: Clay Maxwell, bizinovationist, user experience, UX, branding, Innovation

Is Bill Belichick a Design Thinker?

Posted by Creative Realities on February 2, 2012

Bill Belichick is widely regarded as a football genius, contrarian, and grump. He is also an innovator. All of the X's and O's of design thinking can be found under the hoodie.

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Topics: Design, Design Thinking, Innovation, Innovation Strategy, strategy

On Creativity - How has the economy impacted creative thinking?

Posted by Creative Realities on December 12, 2011

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Topics: creativity, Clay Maxwell, bizinovationist, Innovation, brainstorming

The Power of a Creative Space

Posted by Creative Realities on November 22, 2011

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Topics: creativity, Clay Maxwell, bizinovationist, Innovation

Insights from the PDMA's 2011 Business Model Innovation Lab

Posted by Creative Realities on November 4, 2011

Business Model Innovation is becoming a hot topic these days as business leaders increasingly recognize that disruptive innovation requires not only innovative products, but also fundamentally new business models.  Recognizing this trend, the Product Development Manager's Association (PDMA) featured a full day Business Model Innovation Lab at their 2011 Annual Global conference.  I had the pleasure of co-chairing the lab along with Matt Benson, Advanced Innovation Manager at Faurecia.  Our panel of speakers consisted of Josh Suskewicz of Innosight; John Lynch, Head of Innovation at EMD Millipore; Philip De Ridder, Co-founder of Board of Innovation; and Creative Realities President Jay Terwilliger.  We were also joined by an experienced and thoughtful group of participants, which made for an engaging and stimulating session.  Here are a few of my key takeaways and some business model innovation tools that you may find useful.

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Topics: Chris Dolan, business model mapping, Business Model, breakthrough innovation, new product development, disruptive innovation

Remembering Steve Jobs

Posted by Creative Realities on November 2, 2011

Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we've been thinking about a problem. 

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Topics: creativity, Alignment, creative thinking, Innovation, creative problem solving skills

Everyone Isn't Tomorrow

Posted by Creative Realities on October 24, 2011

If I hear once more about how Facebook and the iPhone define the speed of change in business I’m going to scream. And the tragic passing of Steve Jobs has only increased the noise on this topic. The fact is that like all aspects of innovation the same rules don’t apply everywhere.

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Topics: Mark Sebell, Future, Future Pull, Future Trends, changing the game

Timeflies iTribute to Steve Jobs

Posted by Creative Realities on October 21, 2011

Check out this awesome musical tribute to Steve Jobs from Timeflies.  An innovative tribute befitting the innovation icon.

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Topics: Steve Jobs, Timeflies