Innovation Roundup

Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People 2015 – The list is now out! Kanye West, Apple’s Tim Cook and a lot of other innovative people. via @TIMEWorld Smartphone holograms can diagnose cervical cancer - The word “cancer” is probably one of the most feared in the world, so when we find how new technologies are helping fight the battle against it, we all pay attention. Smartphones can now be used as a diagnostic tool, reducing time and healthcare costs. […]

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Frustrated manager

Recently I came across an article by Dirk Deichmann,  assistant professor at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University on “How Managers Can Create a Constant Stream of Useful Ideas“.  The main idea of the article is that, contrary to what anyone might think, rejection is actually conducive to employees submitting more ideas: Indeed, our latest study at Rotterdam School of Business showed that rejection, counterintuitively, can actually drive innovation within a firm. Our study analysed 1,800 ideas submitted through companies’ online […]

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Mass Media Breakthrough

A look into the weird and wonderful world of Twitter. Who are The Social Chain? And how do they directly affect nearly half of all Twitter’s registered users?   At the end of Q4 2014, it was calculated that there were roughly 288 million users on the social media site. This seems to be a number that is ever-increasing, but this also means that the reach of large accounts is only going to grow. This is something that active users […]

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Storytelling and Innovation

For today’s blog post we welcome Henry Davies, founder of 106 Communications. “FOR THINKING OUT LOUD…!” The importance of storytelling in helping to foster a culture of innovation. Innovation programmes can scare the hell out of people – even the most outspoken of leaders and colleagues. Because essentially what you are asking people to do is ‘think out loud’ – and, for some people, that’s an uncomfortable place to be. As soon as you say something ‘out loud’, it can’t […]

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Samsung takes over Harrods with innovation experience – The ‘Experience Innovation at Harrods’ activity officially opened on the 8th April, featuring an exhibition in the second floor gallery space, demonstrating how technology has changed over the last 25 years. There is a brand takeover of the digital space incorporated within the Egyptian Escalator network and a brand occupation of the majority of the retailer’s window displays. via @Eventmagazine Ulster Bank in online applications innovation – Ulster Bank has become the first Northern Ireland […]

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Innovation is as simple as mac 'n cheese

The word innovation often strikes fear into the hearts of many as it is so often associated with making big, “blue-sky thinking” changes. The kinds of changes which disrupt working life, really challenge the way we approach whatever field we work in, and often at great financial expense. But as my colleague Jon discussed last week in his post Government Digital Services: building up the blocks of incremental innovation, thinking of the innovation process as a continuous wave of incremental […]

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Employee Engagement

Recently we have come across an article on “Department of Finance”, where the author Ethan Macey posits that it’s impossible to consistently increase employee engagement. He says that the engagement you get is from employees who would always be engaged, regardless of any activities an organisation puts out there to increase it. Everyone else is and always will be hopelessly disengaged until the end of times and trying to get them to engage is a pointless task: Now what about […]

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Innovation Roundup

  Maximising Innovation With Diversity – Bringing people from different backgrounds together to work in teams can help generate new ideas, but creating diversity across teams can unlock even greater innovation. An article from Insead on the power of a diverse working environment  @INSEADKnowledge   A new generation of Caribbean innovation  – Ryan Peterson looks at the young generation in the Caribbean, and how young people are more highly educated, more innovative, and more keen on green energy than ever before. -via @Caribjounal […]

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Mobile Banking

What is the future of the high street bank? High-street banks are having a tough old time. Early last year, Barclays announced thousands of job cuts. This came after Santander revealed will close all 139 agencies in rural and suburban areas in the UK, and Lloyds’ closure of more than 200 branches from 2014. Gemalto said in a recent report of over 1,000 people aged 16-24 and found 77% of those use online banking and 27% never even visit a branch. The figures […]

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Government Digital Services

The UK government often gets a bad rap when it comes to launching new services or updating technology. Its Universal Credit programme, the biggest overhaul of the benefits system since the 1940s, being the most recent. It’s already taken 4 years and £700 million to get to where it currently stands, and earlier this month it was suggested that it could take another 6 years to complete. Expensive large-scale innovative projects like these will naturally attract criticism, particularly if they […]

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Cathedral Thinking

The current drive for agility pushes businesses and brands towards short term thinking and immediacy, but how long is this system sustainable for? Everything is fast paced, smaller and more and more ephemeral, not really helping our ever shrinking attention spans. Due to this, businesses are finding it even harder to maintain consumer’s attention. Meaningful Brands has some interesting information about this: “(…) in many cases, the connection between brands and consumers is either weak or broken. One of the main […]

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Innovation is marketing and R&D collaboration, says Diageo chief – Louise Robinson, head of innovation at Diageo, has said the drinks giant is ramping up investment in marketing and NPD, as it seeks to drive a fifth of sales through “new innovation” by 2020. via @MarketingUK 3 Ways to Find Forgotten Innovation – Look to the myriad layers of corporate lore and blocks to creativity that add up to a pile of excuses. An article by TIME on finding forgotten […]

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Corporate entrepreneurship Employee engagement

It is a worrying fact that in today’s modern age, employee engagement is slipping. Be it the increasing size of the average business, or the ever-expanding distraction of modern technology, the causes seems unavoidable and the consequences are concerning. Deloitte recently completed a massive study of human capital trends around the world, measuring over 2500 major organisations across 94 different countries. The results, simply put, displayed that companies are struggling and in some cases, severely failing, to engage the 21st century worker, with the most […]

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Morrisons needs idea management

According to HR Grapevine, the Chief Executive at Morrisons David Potts has decreed that all 2,000 headquarters office employees have to roll up their sleeves and spend at least one week per year working on the shop floor. The reasoning behind this is that it will allow the people in the top ranks of the company to really listen to what their customers and colleagues have to say. Although this is a laudable intention, listening to ideas and suggestions can […]

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Jigsaw puzzle

I read a fascinating interview with Peter Ruis, CEO of Jigsaw in the last issue of the Mail on Sunday – courtesy of @NeilCraven – outlining his corporate culture strategy for the year ahead. He feels “creating a sense of belonging” and ensuring staff are “given ownership of the company” and are “able to share in the fruits of any success” are critical to victory. Peter’s plans are based upon his previous experience at British high-street stalwart John Lewis. You […]

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Rebooting Innovation in Japan – Inside a typical office building in the Akihabara districts of Tokyo is a high-tech factory that is created for use by anyone with innovative ideas. via @BBCBusiness Changing Room Innovation Poised to Transform Online Fashion – An innovative start up is launching a try-before-you-buy service for online clothes shopping that allows customers to order from multiple retailers at once and try items on in a luxury customer lounge:  via @NicolaRHarrison of Retail Week “To innovate, hire the ‘wrong’ people”, […]

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the future of the music industry

The music industry isn’t the same that it used to be. I am old enough to have bought new albums on vinyl and witnessed the rise and decline of the CDs, as Mp3s and other digital formats (and digital piracy) became the norm. With young people increasingly needing to be mobile and some living in smaller and smaller spaces, it’s no wonder that owning music as an object isn’t a priority for many these days. I’ve also seen vinyl rise again […]

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I read some interesting comments about the much publicised “failure” of Google Glass  from Google’s Innovation Chief Astro Teller this week from the legendary SWSW festival, courtesy of Seb Joseph at The Drum. In a nutshell he explains that the innovation team encouraged too much attention for the wearable technology and that they “did things which encouraged people to think of this as a finished product”. These comments raised two things for me. The first being that I don’t think […]

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Crowdsourcing Approaches

Supporting the growth of agile and innovative SMME’s in a collaborative win/win way! On the 19th & 20th February 2015 I was invited down to Pretoria, South Africa to speak at the InnoLive Conference. The event brought together a diverse range of innovation focused people from all walks for South African life for two days of knowledge sharing, practical advice, interactive sessions, plenty of discussion and shared expertise. The hackathon produced some interesting prototypes as well. I was invited to […]

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Innovation Roundup 13 February 2015

Councils driving innovations in waste management – Councils are finding innovative ways to deal with waste collection and cleansing services to deliver efficiencies in the face of austerity, according to new research.  via @localgoveditors Innovation Key to Unlocking Africa’s Agricultural Potential – In order for Africa to compete in a developing global bio-economy, the continent must embrace agricultural innovations. via @cnbcafrica Google to launch own ‘Nexus’-like carrier network to push innovations in wireless – Speaking at a Mobile World Congress keynote on Monday, […]

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