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Corporate Will Trumps Corporate Strategy

Posted by Jay Terwilliger on February 1, 2018

The other day I was having a conversation with the Division President of a large company about innovation. I mentioned to him that in our 30 years in the innovation space, we have noticed that innovation initiatives tend to have a 3-5 year life. The pursuit of breakthrough innovation – “Big Bet” innovation that expands the opportunity for significant growth through expanding markets or creating new ones, takes time. The unfortunate result of changes in Corporate Will is that too often, just when investments begin to pay off with new platforms, new technologies, etc., the efforts are often abandoned.

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Topics: Innovative Culture, Communication, executive sponsor, Alignment, Success Factors, breakthrough innovation, leadership, strategy, Strategic Goals, decision-making, breakthrough, Transformational Innovation, changing the game, innovation decision-making

Can our winter of discontent be made a glorious summer by innovation?

Posted by Jay Terwilliger on October 25, 2016

Like it or not, we are in an era of discontent, and it’s only getting worse.

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Topics: Social Innovation, social unrest, peaceful solutions

The Three Levels of Innovation

Posted by Jay Terwilliger on September 30, 2015

There are three ascending tiers of innovation that you can pursue.  The level you choose will dictate the simplicity or complexity of the journey you will undertake.  Unfortunately, far too many companies expect to achieve the highest levels of innovation while only providing the strategy, tools, and support for lower-level success, at best.  The three levels are:

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Topics: breakthrough innovation, Incremental Innovation, Transformational Innovation, innovation portfolio

Yogi Berra's sage advice for companies on Vision, Mission & Strategy

Posted by Jay Terwilliger on September 25, 2015

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.”

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Topics: Future, Future Pull, strategic innovation, strategy, Strategic Goals, Vision

What Hillary Clinton & Tom Brady can teach us about brand engagement

Posted by Jay Terwilliger on August 20, 2015


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The Power of an External Mindset

Posted by Jay Terwilliger on August 6, 2015

When you think of innovative cultures, think of an ice cube:

Change happens at the edges where the ice cube, or the organization, meets the world around it.

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Don't just "Think Outside the Box"... Think in New Dimensions

Posted by Jay Terwilliger on May 10, 2013

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Topics: creative, innovative, out-of-the-box, thinking, think different, creative thinking skills

3 Keys to Avoiding Groupthink When Collaborating

Posted by Jay Terwilliger on May 30, 2012

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Topics: Jay Terwilliger, groupthink, creative thinking, Collaboration, Championed Teamwork, brainstorming

Let's not confuse good brainstorming with the new "Groupthink".

Posted by Jay Terwilliger on March 22, 2012

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Topics: creativity, Jay Terwilliger, Ideas, groupthink, Collaboration, brainstorming

Success Factors for Breakthrough Innovation

Posted by Jay Terwilliger on December 20, 2011

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Topics: Jay Terwilliger, bizinovationist, Success Factors, breakthrough innovation