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Ideas of business innovation do not occur overnight, as is the popular notion. Instead there is a thorough process to be followed behind that. Several companies set up cross- functional teams, with the idea to re- imagine their existing business model. Some unconventional practices may be undertaken when overtly ambitious big leaps forward do not take off. One such method is to read works of science fiction. This helps the mind engage with bigger strategic ideas. Modern concepts such as mobile phones, credit cards, robots, self- driving cars, ear buds and atomic power were all foretold by science fiction writers such as Bellamy, Asimov, Wells, Bradbury and Capek. Another idea is to engage in analogies as this focuses on the “uncertainty principle”. A third method is the first principles logic. This reexamines the status quo by studying the foundational principles , before redesigning from the bottom up. Using exaptations to explore adjacencies is the fourth such approach. An exaptation is one where a characteristic is adapted verbatim for an entirely different use.

Source:https://hbr.org/2019/01/when-your-moon-shots-dont-take-off?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=hbr

Uploaded Date:14 October 2019

For developing and then executing business innovations, creative ideas are required, plus the freedom to fail. While working on such new ideas, one is bound to occasionally fail, but what is more important is what one learns from such failures, to turn them around in to a success next time. As a first step, the team or individual need not look back, but ahead. Measured risks need to be taken. This may include a few pilot tests even. One must seek constant feedback. This is the best method for capturing authentic business intelligence. One also has to be willing to get things wrong occasionally. What works in one setting, may fail spectacularly in another, so one needs to be alert accordingly.

Source:https://www.strategy-business.com/blog/How-to-Fail-Successfully?gko=87ee2

Uploaded Date:28 September 2019

Several obstacles have been uncovered that hinder the growth of innovation, especially at large companies. Politics, turf wars between the internal leaders and a lack of cohesive alignment are common reasons stated. The lack of vision or a flawed corporate strategy is one more. Some companies even suffer from budgetary issues, especially on the developmental aspects. Cultural issues may also be a concern. Companies also fail to act on certain critical signals that can be a harbinger for much evolution the industry. Many fail at the talent recruitment process. This can lead to a team without the high demand skill sets. The top management, including the executive level not supporting wholeheartedly in the initiatives is a common flaw. CEOs must be especially proactive.

Source:https://hbr.org/2018/07/the-biggest-obstacles-to-innovation-in-large-companies?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=hbr&utm_source=twitter

Uploaded Date:29 August 2019

It is now well- documented on how any company’s innovation efforts, must involve its customers right as its central point. While a lot of companies acknowledge this tactic, many fail to actually implement this, by involving customers for real. Some steps have been identified to make sure that one’s customers are the business innovation partners. First of all, companies or brands need to be specific about what kind of inputs they want from their customers. Then, milestones need to be set so that tracking of progress becomes easier. A person must specially be assigned to interact with customers, while offering expert guidance. Procedures must also be set in stone, so that all future reactions will be as per the norms established. Companies that listen to authentic business intelligence, using the above framework set, are known in general to perform much better.

Source:https://www.strategy-business.com/blog/Why-your-customers-should-be-central-to-your-innovation-efforts?gko=9eb19

Uploaded Date:20 August 2019

En number of companies these days have adopted a new approach towards facilitating business innovations. They have taken to heart the principle that experiments are bound to occasionally result in failures, and these are necessary on the run towards innovations. Companies on this list include Coca-Cola, Amazon, Domino’s Pizza and Netflix. A liberal arts college in western Massachusetts- Smith College- has taken the drastic step of even introducing a “Failing Well” programme. On completion of this course, students are presented with a Certificate of Failure. The idea behind this exercise is that failures prepare people to face the hardships later imminent in life.

Source:https://hbr.org/2017/11/how-coca-cola-netflix-and-amazon-learn-from-failure?utm_campaign=hbr&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

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A few techniques have been discovered which, if used the right way, will help any organization hone an ethos of collaborative innovation. The first of them is about strategic communication with the people on the business innovations. For this, the right tools need to be brought in to the system. A set of simple questions using the Heilmeier Catechism need to be asked, before finally deciding on the tools. The ideas that get generated, need to be scrutinized and refined continuously and collectively. The company’s expertise has to be leveraged during this process. New markets too need to be explored here. Each company or industry has its innate set of innovation- blocking barriers. These need to be first identified, and then eliminated.

Source:https://hbr.org/2019/08/3-ways-to-build-a-culture-of-collaborative-innovation

Uploaded Date:20 August 2019

Innovation consulting is now a niche developing well in several markets. It is the interplay between management consulting and innovation. One of the main things, this field focuses on is how learning improves through the art of networking. This is true for both men and women, but more so for the latter especially in any industry or market that is traditionally male- dominated. It helps interlink creativity and consciousness. Business innovation may also be equated to a dance form, as it involves riding a creative rollercoaster. There exist several strategies to embrace reflection, consciousness and learning. The first step is to pause and then retreat. After this, one needs to review the action taken thus far. One needs to reflect on the work done, before resetting all that went awry.

Source:https://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2019/08/07/the-interplay-between-innovation-creativity-and-consciousness/

Uploaded Date:16 August 2019

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