Sentiment – Is it the one giant leap innovation needs?

Fifty years ago, whilst the Americans were demonstrating how innovation and insight allied to a drive for success could take mankind on the first step towards the stars, the Monty Python team were settling down to write the opening lines of a show which not only revitalised the comedy scene but is also credited as … Continued

Corporate Innovation: THEATRE, BULLSH*T, OR FUTURE-SHAPING CAPABILITY?

Organisations the world over continue to profess high levels of innovation capability, embedded innovation cultures and needle-shifting outcomes. But, hugely credible global surveys continue to highlight that on the whole, the real state of innovation maturity for many organisations may just be a somewhat inconvenient truth. No organisation can plot a course to a desired … Continued

Less snake oil, more thought leadership please!

What do business leaders want? is perhaps too broad, or too simple, a question. It goes without saying that you want to build business success, deliver a high-value strategy, provide outstanding customer outcomes, deliver great returns for shareholders and build a great place to work. However, depending on your industry and the current state of … Continued

Innovation demystified; The innovation-leadership challenge

What exactly is innovation? Is it about creating a new product or simply being creative? Is innovation itself something that we can create within our businesses and if so how? Do we even understand the impact that innovation can have within an organisation? Let’s face it there are thousands of books out there on business … Continued

Unicorns don’t kill dinosaurs, meteors do!

So, you’re a senior leader, maybe a CEO and today is the first day of the rest of your life! How are you going to spend it? Will you continue to tread that well known, comfortable path which will lead to the eventual downfall of your organisation? Or is this the day you set in … Continued

Shifting Innovation Perspectives for 2019

Three years ago Derek Bishop, Jo Geraghty and I published our book, Building a Culture of Innovation. [1] The book was inspired by, and written for, all of those leaders who understood that in order to thrive in today’s global marketplace they needed to set innovation as a capability at the heart of their culture but … Continued

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

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

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