Innovation Roundup

Premier Foods plans more innovation: Premier Foods is stepping up innovation plans, after seeing gains from initial steps in the past year, ceo Gavin Darby claimed as he reported on full-year results at an analyst meeting. via @FoodManufacture Eco-innovation for better business: Are environmental labelling and information schemes driving eco-innovation – and better business? via @BusinessGreen Viacom launches commercial innovation group: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), home to MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Channel 5, has formed a commercial innovation […]

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McDonalds is the largest fast-food chain on the planet, serving 68 million customers per day across 35,000 stores. But, after a sales slump that’s lasted for six consecutive quarters, we have to ask, are the golden arches starting to collapse? And if so, why? Simply, the evidence speaks for itself. Major scandals in Asia causing massive drops in sales, a steady decline in popularity across home soil and the company remaining the only on the Dow Jones Industrial Average that’s […]

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Innovation leaders from across the world head to Teesside for NETPark summit – Innovation leaders from across the world will gather at a Teesside science park next week as part of its 10-year vision to become a global technology hub – and create thousands of jobs. via @gazettebusiness Tata group sees $1.1 bn incremental revenue from innovations annually:Mumbai – The Tata which spends around 2.5 percent of the group turnover annually on R&D, today said its top 60 innovations this year […]

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Intrapreneurship Conference 2015

As I explained in my blog post last week, I think the business world needs a bit more intrapreneurial spirit to fuel growth and gain a competitive advantage. I’ll be taking more about how to achieve this with the right software and culture at the upcoming Intrapreneurship Conference in London from the 27th-29th May. But I’m not the only person with an opinion speaking at the event so I’ve listed the top 3 keynote speakers that I think attendees, and […]

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Intrapreneurial Spirit

Intrapreneurship is responsible for a lot of product innovation around the world today. At Lockheed Martin, intrapreneurs developed a number of famous aircraft designs and at 3M, they came up with Post-It Notes and at Google, they came up with Google News, AdSense and Gmail. What these examples have in common is that companies embraced the idea of allowing their employees to become entrepreneurs and capitalize on new business ideas. These free flowing ideas come from in-house programs, which include […]

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Being the Business Development Manager at Wazoku gives me the opportunity to attend some interesting events. I get to meet people, hand out brochures and see (and hear) some very interesting speeches! As such, the team asked me to write a series of blog posts about the most interesting things I saw and learned about, so we could all share the knowledge. The latest of these events that I have been to was the 9th Annual Open Innovation Conference that took place […]

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Wazoku Idea Spotlight Integrates with Microsoft Office 365

We’re just one month into the new financial year, and businesses of all shapes and sizes are setting objectives for the forthcoming eleven months. Innovation, growth and employee engagement are high on the agenda for many. There is an increasing value attributed to good ideas in business and enterprises are realising they need the right tools to capture and move innovation forward, whilst balancing productivity. It is with this in mind, that we are excited to announce Idea Spotlight’s integration […]

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  Last week, we discussed 3 simple ways for companies to deal with the significant issue of employee retention and recruitment. If you haven’t read the article, you can find it here. I talked about the importance of re-thought talent databases, uncovering hidden talent, and giving power to the people that can make the difference. This is obviously just the tip of the iceberg, so, without further ado, here are 3 more ways to find the best talent. 1. Get […]

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Last week saw worrying figures about the UK’s productivity levels published, including the Financial Time’s front-page piece titled “Fresh economy alert raises fears for long-term growth prospects.” As the CEO of a British company working closely with an array of other UK-based organisations, I read this with great interest. The figures don’t lie, whilst our customers are certainly embracing innovation, it seems the country overall has been struggling to embrace change – but why and what can we do to transform […]

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Power and utility companies, just like any other organisation, have to quickly innovate in the current business environment. A constant need to adapt to technological innovations as well as responding to customer’s needs means that everyone in an organisation needs to pitch in, when it comes to coming up with ideas that will make a real difference. To achieve this, a real cultural shift needs to happen. Innovation has to be thought of as something that’s part of everyone’s job […]

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“One in five managers admits passing off employee’s good ideas as their own – and workers cannot even rely on camaraderie among their colleagues.” This is the way Gabriella Swelling’s article on the paper edition of The Times starts, based on a poll of 1000 managers and staff, commissioned by Andy Harrington, a public speaking expert. Taking this information into consideration, it is not entirely shocking that a lot of companies are seriously lacking in the employee engagement department. However, this poll […]

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Innovation Roundup

Has Google found the Loch Ness Monster? – Google took their streetview cameras on an unusual trip, to explore the Loch and maybe find Nessie. via @telegraph What the media can learn from Estonia’s digital innovation – Estonia has more startups per capita than any other country in Europe, so what can they teach the media about innovation? via @journalismnews Accenture opens interactive innovation centre in France’s Silicon Valley – Companies will be given insights on everything from how chief […]

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Finding and retaining skilled labour is one of the biggest issues affecting the UK’s top 250 private mid-market growth companies. According to PWC’s Annual Global CEO Survey, 63% cite availability of skills as a serious concern. Developing a strategy to hire, engage, identify and appropriately reward an organisation’s best talent is vital. Access to qualified experts and top talent is not, and never has been, about just hiring employees. Growing pressure to invest into IT and the digital sector means […]

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The Guardian recently published an interesting piece on how viral campaigns can actually be hurtful for the majority of charities out there. The reasons appointed for this are very simple: For the past 12 months the mantra “We need to do the next Ice Bucket Challenge” has been bandied about in meetings between senior managers and their heads of digital. These otherwise amazing campaigns are rare and while they attract huge new audiences are in danger of replacing the important […]

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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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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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