Innovation Leadership; into the wilderness or into the future?

In my recent article looking at why innovation transformations fail I called out innovation leadership (or lack of) as one of the prime causes of failure. And OK it’s not that hard to see why. After all, if CEOs and senior leaders are merrily setting off, compass-less, into the innovation wilderness then there isn’t much … Continued

So, do you really understand innovation?

So, if I walked into your office tomorrow, stopped the first person I came across and asked them what they understood your organisation’s innovation strategy to be, what sort of answer would I get? Would there be a blank look, a reference to one department or another, or a raised eyebrow followed by a negative … Continued

Gaining a competitive edge

Ahead of today’s Malta Innovation Summit I had the pleasure of being interviewed by The Times of Malta on my journey into innovation, why Innovation doesn’t happen overnight or at random and how can an organisation embed innovation into its culture? There is risk in the pursuit of innovation. But the big question is whether … Continued

Gaining a competitive edge

Ahead of the Malta Innovation Summit I had the pleasure of being interviewed by The Times of Malta on my journey into innovation, why Innovation doesn’t happen overnight or at random and how can an organisation embed innovation into its culture? There is risk in the pursuit of innovation. But the big question is whether … Continued

Why Innovation Transformation Programmes Fail

Those of you who are regular readers of my thought pieces will know that I regularly reinforce the fact that ‘failure’ is a key mindset and component of the innovation equation. So, why do so many corporate innovation transformation programmes fail? Failure is supposed to be part of the formula not the end result, right? … Continued

Why innovation requires transformational leadership

“Transformations are no longer one-time initiatives” That quote from BCG [1] formed part of the conclusion to my article “The 3-D Innovation Culture Jigsaw” which explored avenues of approach for leaders who are serious about unlocking the potential that building innovation capability brings. One of the key messages from that article was the importance of … Continued

The 3-D Innovation Culture Jigsaw

You know that jigsaw that you got for Christmas, no not the 50-piece children’s one with large friendly pieces and obvious connections. I’m talking about the 3-D globe jigsaws that look great on the box but seem impossible to even start. There are no easy corners or edges and every piece seems to be connected … Continued

The Real State of Innovation Strategy, Leadership & Culture

We all know there’s nothing new about innovation, or even innovation strategy, leadership or culture. The truth is that as an outcome of creative endeavour, it’s been around since the age of man as we, ‘Man’ has always ‘innovated’ within the world around us, taking fire and using it for warmth and cooking food, shaping … Continued

Cris Beswick and The Truth of It Podcast

In this episode I (Colm Roche) spoke to Founder, CEO & Author, Cris Beswick, about his journey from product designer to international speaker on Innovation, the realities behind succeeding in business and all things entrepreneurship. For more information or to book Cris Beswick for an interview or to speak at your event, please contact

The innovation risk vs reward dilema

Risk and innovation are natural bedfellows, as innovation is by its very nature something of a leap into the unknown. You’re doing something new and different, and the outcomes are far from guaranteed. It’s perhaps not surprising therefore that many organisations view ‘attitude to risk’ as a major barrier to innovation. I recently flicked back … Continued

Overcoming resistance in pursuit of innovation-led growth

When thinking about the resistance to change, especially that required in the pursuit of innovation-led growth, Machiavelli had it nailed… “There is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more dangerous to conduct, nor more doubtful in its success, than to be a leader in the introduction of changes. For he who innovates … Continued

Creating an organisation-wide innovation strategy

54% of companies struggle to align innovation strategy with business strategy [1] That was conclusion of PwC’s 2017 Innovation Benchmark report which also revealed that 65% of companies who are investing heavily in innovation regard the alignment of their innovation work with their overall strategy as their biggest challenge. Given the huge importance of innovation … Continued

Transforming organisational culture in pursuit of innovation

In my previous article, ‘Why building a culture of innovation is your competitive advantage?’ [1] I explored how building a culture where innovation thrives provides a clear and robust competitive advantage to your organisation. The most innovative companies, such as Amazon and GE, have innovation infused within their DNA. It isn’t so much something they … Continued

Why building a culture of innovation is your competitive advantage?

A quick glance at the Most Innovative Companies [1] list at Forbes sees the top three places taken by Salesforce, Tesla and Amazon respectively. With Amazon being 23 years old and safely ensconced in adulthood, they are the most interesting of the three (to me at least). In an age of rapid change and creative … Continued

Organisation Z, not Generation Z

I recently read about a conversation between Eric Ries and the then CEO of GE, Jeff Immelt. Immelt said that “Nobody wants to work at an old-fashioned company. Nobody wants to buy products from an old-fashioned company. And nobody wants to invest in an old-fashioned company”. It nicely encapsulated many of the problems we hear … Continued

Generation Z deserve Organisation Z

“We may be young, and of the information age but know the future is ours, and beautiful.” Those closing lines from a poem performed by Tyreece Akwasi Asamoah as part of a Nationwide advertising campaign highlights his vision as a member of Generation Z. It’s a vision which I’m seeing come more and more to … Continued

Design thinking; the framework for success

What sits at the heart of success? A quick flick through the search engines might suggest that hard work might be one of the prime contenders. Now I’m not decrying the value of hard work, but simply grafting away, putting the hours in, is never going to lead to the kind of success that you … Continued

Generation Z – Rebels with an innovation-led cause

In 1955 a film burst on to the silver screen which changed the way in which young people were viewed forever. Its star, James Dean, had suffered an untimely death just one month before the film’s release; but nevertheless, his portrayal of teenage angst made such an impact that he was widely seen as someone … Continued

Building a culture of innovation: The role of adaptability

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; – William Shakespeare Take your time. No really, take your time. After all you don’t want your business to be like one of those quiz shows where you are working against the clock to come … Continued

Building a culture of innovation: The role of collaboration

“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin On a scale of 1 to 10 how open is your business to customer collaboration? Whatever number you pick, unless your organisation is already well on its way to setting … Continued