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Jeffrey Bohn is responsible for driving R&D and innovation at the Swiss Re Institute (SRI), as well as overseeing the Swiss Re Institute focused on research supporting Swiss Re's clients, business units and group strategy.
Mark Campbell, Chief Innovation Officer at EVOTEK, derives insights from the venture and startup communities to enable technical executives to identify, evaluate and leverage emerging technologies.
What people really want is meaningful work and meaningful relationships.
“The legal world will change more radically over the next two decades than over the last two centuries.”
New technology continues to drive innovation within the sports industry.
It’s crazy to think that 88% of the Fortune 500 firms that existed in 1955 are gone. These companies have either gone bankrupt, merged, or still exist but have fallen from the top Fortune 500 companies. Most of the companies on the list in 1955 are unrecognizable, forgotten companies today.
The average company lifespan continues to drop. In the mid 20th century the average company lifespan was more than 60 years and this stands at just 15 years today. This is expected to fall further to 10 years by the year 2025.
Many organisations stifle the very innovation that they seek through ingrained habits that block creativity and risk-taking. Here are 10 habits that choke disruption and kill innovation.
The sign of a healthy innovation culture is one in which its people feel comfortable sharing their ideas, opinions and criticisms, without fear of retribution.
Here are 10 products that would not have seen the light of day, had it not been the result of multiples failures, human error or serendipity.
Our top ten podcasts on corporate innovation and entrepreneurship.
Managers are incentivised to deliver on an existing, repeatable business model, not to help discover new ones. So how do we incentivise them to innovate without sacrificing the core business model which is, after all, where we make money today?
Here are ten of the top corporate innovation labs in Singapore.
In just the last two years, millions of dollars from corporates and government have been committed to numerous accelerator programs. Here is a list of the top ten corporate accelerator and incubator programs in Singapore, which combine both deep domain and startup building expertise.
Why are innovation programs being abandoned and how can companies that are actually investing in innovation increase the return on innovation investment? Here are eight essential elements that will help stop your innovation programs from failing.
When it comes to corporate innovation programs there’s a number of different structures that large organisations can adopt, however knowing which one to adopt can be a challenge, and oftentimes executives find themselves chasing after shiny metal objectives such as innovation labs where strategic alignment can often become an afterthought.
Do you know how well your business is performing when it comes innovation? Would you like to know how to improve your innovation capability?
Here's our list of 20 best books on innovation. These are essential reads are relevant for innovation management, creativity and entrepreneurship for 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Falling into the trap of what Steve Blank calls ‘innovation theatre’ and applying band-aid solutions usually leads to frustration and waste. Here are some of the most common forms of corporate innovation theatre that your company is probably singing and dancing about.
Coined by Professor Henry Chesbrough, Open Innovation is about creating inflows of knowledge from the external environment and outflows of knowledge to the ecosystem through collaboration. In this article, we compare open innovation and closed innovation, review examples of companies using this platform and analyse the advantages and disadvantages. Here are four ways that your organisation can leverage OI to boost your success rate.
URWork, one of Asia's largest co-working space operators with a valuation of more than US$1B, is set to open its first operation out of China in Singapore.
It’s been well documented by the likes of Steve Blank and Clayton Christensen that if you want explore disruptive innovation in a large company, you have to either redesign or create parallel processes, systems and values internally in order up to support behaviours critical to innovation
Design Thinking is just one piece of the corporate innovation puzzle and it alone is never enough.
Lawrence Levy was CFO of Pixar from Toy Story through to Monsters Inc. Uncover 10 key insights on corporate innovation and culture change.
Innovation labs are popping up all over the world. A recent report noted that 88 innovation labs opened their doors globally...
VideoRentalz fearlessly faces the future, secure in its ability to keep families together.
Why your ideation tools aren’t working and how to bring ideas back to life. In this article, we cover the definition of the ideation process steps, followed by recommended approach, examples and techniques. This is essential for the execution of design thinking.
Corporate legal and compliance (L&C) teams can enable corporate innovation.
What not to do when it comes to innovation and new product development.
The Australian Government could be doing more for innovation.
Do you have what it takes to be a great Innovation Manager?
Many large organisations are guilty of taking old, oftentimes broken, processes born out of 20th Century necessity and digitising them. Such pursuits are internally heralded asshiningexample of innovation and digital transformation. However, this usually amounts to little more than expensive and at best incremental improvements.
Busting the biggest corporate innovation myths and some tips to counter these common lies
"If you come back here in a year how will you determine whether or not we’ve been successful?”
In an age where the time between disruptions is getting shorter and the exponential growth of technology threatens the upheaval of almost every industry, certainty is fast becoming a distant memory. Yet, when it comes to deciding which projects to invest in at most large organisations, we often rely on projections and estimates based on assumptions about the same uncertain future. Think of this as the Innovator’s Funding Dilemma, encapsulated by these five common pitfalls of funding corporate innovation projects.
For emerging businesses, startups and new corporate ventures, there is a tendency to optimise the wrong thing.
The disruptive innovation theory, penned in 1997 by Clayton Christensen in his seminal work The Innovator’s Dilemma, describes a process by which a product takes root in simple applications at the bottom of a small market and moves upmarket, eventually displacing industry incumbents.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Whitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yourself, and formerly co-founder of Rose Park Advisors alongside Clayton Christensen, way back when in episode #13 of Future Squared.
This blog is about your ego, and why you should kill it.
Our podcast has just turned 50! To celebrate, we've listed out 50 of the most important and memorable lessons about innovation.
Did you hear about the manager who always shot the messenger whenever they brought bad news? He eventually stopped hearing bad news.
When it comes to early stage innovation, we can’t rely on metrics such as ROI or NPV to determine success, particularly given that such metrics favour short term returns whereas disruptive innovation can take years to deliver the kind of returns that large companies are seeking.
Ask good questions and you get good answers. Ask the wrong questions, or worse still, don't ask questions at all, and you're essentially driving blind with no sense of direction.
Most of us are familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The theory on psychological health is now almost 70 years purpose rather than just profit, in stark contrast to prior generations, a testament to having already met their other needs.
A case study in what not to do when it comes to customer experience and why the door is wide open for insurance startups looking to disrupt the space by offering significantly better customer service.
If you’re not willing to fail, then you will only ever embark upon safe, incremental improvements, where you have all the answers and therefore can’t fail.
15 key characteristics to look for when it comes to identifying intrapreneurs.
Large organisations are beginning to invest in innovation - usually this takes the form of idea contests, hackathons, incubation programs and intrapreneur programs.
I was inspired to write this thought piece by a tifo, or banner to the football layman, which put forward the idea that 'success cannot exist without passion', something which is just as relevant for the team's coach Tony Popovic, who was immortalised on the banner, as it is for innovation and entrepreneurship.
There are a number of all too common mistakes that teams make when it comes to corporate innovation programs.
Flow has been defined as a mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus.
In my most recent podcast interview with Steve Blank, credited with developing the customer development methodology which birthed the lean startup, we touched on the topic of how the corporate culture inhibits innovation.
Half of the S&P500 will be replaced over the next 10 years at current rates of churn. 187 companies in the list today first entered it in the past 10 years alone
Only after launching our podcast earlier this year, we've just hit the number 1 position in iTunes Business Podcasts!
Could a company outsource prototyping for a new idea completely and let a third-party organisation do all the testing and market validation?
Collective Campus walked the team through an intensive 2-day SCRUM bootcamp in which they learned agile principles in addition to techniques related to as Scrum practices, requirements, project initiation, estimation and prioritisation, sprint planning, executing sprints, re-planning, closing a scrum sprint and closing a project.
So many things get in the way of the artistic process, whether writing music, painting or creating new products and business models.
Introducing The Innovation Manager's Handbook - a comprehensive guide to innovating in the enterprise.
Established companies have been built to deliver, not to discover. So how do we build a culture that supports ideation and experimentation?
I recently caught up with Kmart Australia’s innovation program manager, Fabio Oliveira, on my podcast for a discussion on innovation in retail and what the ‘store of the future’ might look like.
Check out the video to hear how it went when we taught one of Australia's largest bookmakers how to use the lean startup methodology.
General Electric, with $493B in assets and 200,000 employees is applying lean startup.
A combination of values, processes, systems and resource allocation procedures prevent Government from adopting the behaviours and mindsets required to effectively support innovation.
At our recent 48 Hour Lean Startup workshop I helped guide an optometrist with no idea what he wanted to work on to a gamechanging concept in under 5 minutes.
Rushing to fill awkward silences is a recipe for disaster when it comes to our brainstorming and innovation efforts.
We’ve come a long way from the humble suggestion box and top down decision making long synonymous with corporate innovation. Today, more and more companies are sourcing ideas from not only the entire workforce but also getting outside their building and engaging partners, customers and members of the general public.
The risk of taking few large safe bets in today’s environment far outweighs that of taking many small risky bets.
Regulation is often used as a scapegoat for a company’s decision not to truly embrace an innovation agenda and the practices that support it. But how does one experiment when a corporate watchdog is breathing down your neck and watching your every move?
Explore the challenges organisations face in acquiring startups and how to deal with them.
Hackathons (or innovation bootcamps) are a great way to bring together teams with the common goal of quickly solving problems, building prototypes and validating market appetite. This not only helps teams test many ideas quickly to find out what works but also saves them by avoiding the trap of committing millions to building the wrong thing.
Corporate innovation programs are growing in popularity as more and more industry incumbents come face to face with the realities posed by disruptive innovators. However this means a new set of problems arising. In this article, we cover examples of innovative solutions to these problems.
One of the biggest mistakes is for companies to believe enterprise innovation is a top-down phenomenon, where managers (or a small team) come up with solutions, and push changes down the organisation. While managers have a significant role in innovation and change within an organisation, employees should be the primary drivers of change.
Disruption is something we often associate with start-ups these days. But… what happens when corporates learn to innovate?
Henry Ford’s famous quote serves as a battle cry to many a visionary entrepreneur
Leaders of large companies are coming under more intense scrutiny and pressure to drive innovation within their organizations, in order to avoid being disrupted by smaller, more nimble competitors. This article covers the how to create a idea submission form & template and facilitate idea submission contests.
The health insurance industry is facing significant disruption on a number of fronts. If any industry is in need of applying emergent strategy to its product development methods, it’s health insurance.
Large companies faced with the imminent threat of disruption posed by technologies such as cloud and mobile are having to reassess their place in the business landscape. Corporates need to figure out how to stay relevant not just in today’s ultra-competitive environment but also well into the future, to avoid having their bottom lines wither away.
Myki, Victoria’s now three-year old public transport ticketing system has been the subject of public abuse and endless scrutiny since its roll out in 2013. This brings us to the question of human-centered design, or lack thereof, as it applies to Myki’s design and development. In this article we cover the principles and thinking required to impact positive change.
Exploring disruptive innovation is anything but procedure, certainty, safety and achieving quarterly KPIs. Your ability to gain management buy in has numerous advantages. In this article we cover the examples, process, opportunities and how to gain funding.
Whether a company has a hundred, a thousand or one hundred thousand employees, it has access to an untapped resource of unique, diverse and broad perspectives and insights that employees of these companies don’t share effectively.
Innovation has become the definitive buzzword throughout large companies across the globe. More often than not though when executives encourage the masses to ‘go forward, be bold and innovate’, it often amounts to nothing more than lip service
In an age where a firm’s innovation strategy can make or break the company, it’s more important than ever for companies to define what it means to innovate. In this article, we cover the strategies and models for business innovation strategy, along with examples.
I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at IBM’s annual A/NZ Partner Symposium at Luna Park in Sydney yesterday where the hot topics of innovation, disruption, transformation and startup agility were central to the day’s discussions.
Large organisations apply the same metrics and evaluation criteria on potentially disruptive, risky, ‘out of the box’ innovation as they do for incremental improvements and business as usual investment decisions. Clearly this makes no sense.
How do you go about finding and hiring such applicants when your company insists on candidates meeting criteria such as being a certified accountant which tends not to lend itself to right-brained, creative thinking.
More and more companies that were once small and built their reputation on disruptive innovations, are now big, and have other priorities.
In this ebook, we provide a brief overview on the history of money, the origins of blockchain, what it means for industry incumbents and what they can do to best prepare and respond to these imminent changes to BAU.
This eBook provides insight into how the legal industry is changing, the impact of technology and how law firms can innovate in order to succeed and stay relevant.
Download this ebook to discover what technological, business model, economic and social trends are shaping where FMCG is going and what incumbent firms or new entrants can do in order to capitalise on these trends and gain a competitive advantage in order to survive and thrive in this brave new world.
The Lean Canvas is designed for entrepreneurs seeking to validate their idea. Leveraging parts of the Business Model Canvas, as well as the underlying principles of Lean Startup methodology, the Lean Canvas helps users de-risk their idea as quickly as possible. Developed by Ash Maurya, the Lean Canvas empowers entrepreneurs by enabling as much learning as possible. Maurya sees the Lean Canvas as a "grounds-up tactical plan or blueprint that guides the entrepreneur as they navigate their way from ideation to building a successful startup."
The Innovation Manager's Handbook is a comprehensive guide to innovating in the enterprise. Packed with over 110 pages of content, the book will go over everything from the why and the how, to changing company culture. There are also dozens of guides, case studies and instantly actionable tips backed up by in-depth research and the latest and greatest in innovation theory.
The Value Proposition Canvas gets innovators to think intimately about the customer jobs-to-be-done, pain points and desired gains. This develops an explicity understanding of customer value creation, helps innovators design products and services that customers will want and supports marketing and business development activities. The canvas, in its original form, was first published by Alex Osterwalder, author of Value Proposition Design.