11 Things I Learned Building an Innovation Program

This innovation program article is written by guest author Eric Potter. “The key is to embrace disruption and change early. Don’t react to it decades later. You can’t fight innovation.” – Ryan Kavanaugh Taking the plunge into setting up an innovation lab seems like a no brainer for our brethren in the technology space and…

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5 Questions Innovators Should Ask

This article is written by invited guest author Jolie Huang. Over the course of 2016, I interviewed several innovation pioneers to find out the most important questions that every innovator should ask in 2017. Since “innovation” has become an overused buzzword, organizations are putting more attention into forward-thinking strategic planning. Yet, as the pace of…

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Don’t forget to sweat the SMALL stuff.

This article is written by invited guest author Mike McDowell. When it comes to innovation, the biggest is not necessarily the best, especially when it comes to ideas. Over the course of my professional life, I’ve spent large chunks of time invested in pursuing both large scale, disruptive innovations along with extremely small scale, sustaining…

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User Experience: 6 Expert Success Tips

This user experience success tips article is written by guest UX author Eric Olive. Introduction In 5 Tips For Overcoming Resistance to User Experience, we explained how to begin building an in-house culture centered around customer engagement and inject a user-centered mindset into your organization’s culture. In this piece, we present six expert tips for…

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Healthcare Innovation Resources

We want to help you innovate to help patients, our healthcare systems, and medical products with our healthcare innovation training resources. View my favorite healthcare innovation slideshares to help you learn quickly and visually through clicking through well designed presentations. Identify trends for transformation in healthcare, and see new technologies you may be able to apply…

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What a cat can teach us about learning to innovate again

I was thinking about people who work in very traditional or bureaucratic organizations. I was thinking about how they can develop the skill to be more innovative and entrepreneurial. It is a different world to be given the “right way” to do something, and to do it again and again like a modern factory worker…

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5 Tips For Overcoming Resistance to User Experience

This article sharing tips to overcome user experience resistance for a more user-friendly corporate culture is written by guest UX author Eric Olive. A strange thing happened on the way to the bank; the check evaporated. Here’s what happened. I conducted successful interviews and contextual inquiry (CI) in Latin America as part of a larger user experience…

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Innovation Skills for the Future: Insights from Research Reports

There are five prominent research studies whose findings highlight the most important 21st century job skills needed for the future (and the future is now) of work and organizations. In sum, employees at all levels need to develop their innovation skills. These include competencies like creativity, critical thinking, communication, strategic thinking, and problem solving to…

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Five Challenges to Awaken your Creativity Infographic

This infographic features five interesting things you can do to keep exercising your creative muscle. Mindmapping has long been a favorite of mine and many of my workshops include that activity. I thought the age 5 to age 44 comparison was interesting…especially the aspect of it that shared quantitative data for how many times creative…

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Innovation Workshop in Action

Here are picture posts shared on social media by our clients from different innovation workshops and events we’ve designed, developed and facilitated. The highly interactive design thinking and innovation events events feature very little lecture and high collaboration. The focus is on the participants, their collaboration, creativity, and communication. Take a look at what some…

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