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  Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Facebook, Intuit and Capital One. Just a few examples of high-profile market leaders that publicly attribute their ongoing innovation successes to their commitment to digital experimentation. These firms can expect their creatives to experiment freely and regularly. A few years ago, Google said that it ran between 3,000 and 5,000 experiments annually. And as a user of Google, any time you use the search engine, you are one of these experiments. In a company structure […]

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I’ve recently been exploring the charity sector, to gauge interest in crowdsourcing ideas from their employees, partners or customers, as I was aware of several “innovation teams” being setup or already existing within many of the major charities. Charities aren’t utilising their greatest resource My first stage of research was Google (of course). However, I was really surprised to see how little has been written about crowdsourcing innovation in the charity sector.  I decided to investigate further, talking, meeting and […]

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Short little six-wheeled robots could be turning up at your door sooner than you think. The little machines (pictured above) are equipped with nine individual directional cameras, built-in GPS, and is monitored by real people who are able to take remote control if needed. These robots can hold around 2 full shopping bags, or equivalent – perfect for your essentials or some forgotten items (think of this as a more low-key, short-distance version of what Amazon is looking to do […]

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Engagement is a current hot topic and one of the solutions that’s being presented to organisations that want to be innovative. Engaging employees is great and can yield results, but it’s come to a point where organisations have to expand their communities to include external members. There are other stakeholders in an organisation’s sphere that will also have interesting things to say. Customers, partners, suppliers or even competitors, can all be invited to participate and collaborate in Co-creation Communities. This […]

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Innovation managers and departments are challenged with more than just innovation. Innovation for innovation’s sake is fruitless – and most businesses recognise that innovation can prove to be a powerful strategy to meet objectives around employee engagement, process improvement or culture and brand. But, for many innovation managers, they find that they have the shiny new title and that their departments are growing but the results aren’t happening. Getting innovation programmes off the ground, running effectively and delivering to expectations […]

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Welcome to the Mayoral hot seat, Mayor Sadiq Khan. In the run up to your election victory you vowed to “unite London and be the most pro-business mayor yet.” As a business leader in London that is obviously good to hear, and we look forward to seeing what that means in office and in practice. One of the things you promised was to engage with business, from start-ups to multinational corporations, and to make this a central part of decision-making […]

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Robots are coming

“The robots are coming!” is a very common phrase these days and you may have heard it, even if you aren’t a science fiction geek. In fact, the robots have been on the way for a while, as in the last few years, there have been significant improvements in robotics. News on the impending technological singularity (where computers, networks or robots would be capable of progressively redesigning themselves, also known as artificial intelligence) appear occasionally on the news, sometimes with […]

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Last week we saw the EU slapping Google’s wrist over the Android operating system and its applications. The European Commission sent Google a statement of objections expounding that Google is abusing its dominant position by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators. These restrictions go against EU antitrust rules and are a threat to a healthy competitive marketplace environment. In the words of Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition: “It’s not our job to defend companies; it […]

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Fintech is a word that was introduced in our vocabularies in the last few years and considering that it is a sector that has been consistently growing, it’s not going away. According to data from the Investment Trends in Fintech report by the Silicon Valley Bank, in 2015 Fintech was worth £20bn in revenue to the UK economy. Fintech is driving change What does this mean? It means that small companies introducing new and effective technologies for performing financial transactions […]

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You may have seen our report on the status of innovation in the UK published in October 2015, where we introduced the concept of EveryDay Innovation. This is an approach that implies that in truly innovative organisations, innovation is part of everyone’s job, in every department and role. While this idea makes sense, sometimes knowing what to implement or where to start can be difficult. For this reason, we have come up with a few steps for you to become […]

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measuring innovation

Understanding how to measure your organisations innovation maturity starts with a simple question; what does innovation mean to you? More particularly, is your vision of innovation the same as that of your colleagues, department leaders and individuals across your organisation? To be quite honest, unless your organisation has recently gone through an exercise to build a culture of innovation across the board, I would expect to find differing viewpoints. In fact, even if your organisation has recently undergone an innovation […]

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Ideas Sharing

Sometimes just having ideas is the easy bit – everyone has ideas all the time. But, what constitutes a good idea? This might be a matter of opinion for a lot of people but in business, we could say that a good idea is one that will potentially help generate revenue and growth. Others will improve the lives of employees or even the community around organisations and these are no less important. As we are in the business of helping […]

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innovation and collaboration

As we move away from the battle of the balance sheet and on to the war of winning and retaining customers, firms have to start delivering on the promise of a customer-centric model. Threats don’t just come from FinTech’s relative newcomers, like Nutmeg and Transferwise, that in a few short years have become familiar brands – but also from long established brands with huge customer bases and data; think not only Google and Facebook, but Starbucks and even Dunnhumby. These […]

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what is innovation dictionary

Most of the people making this search are most likely in charge of leading an innovation effort, or at the least, participating in one, and feeling that they need more information to be able to succeed. However, this begs the question – why are those in charge of innovation googling how to do their jobs? Why isn’t this question being answered long before leadership is given? How does Google define innovation? Let’s start by seeing how Google defines innovation: Innovation: […]

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Brexit and innovation

With the June In/Out, or as we are now being psychologically led ‘Remain/Leave,’ UK referendum vote moving closer, I thought it warranted an exploration of the potential impact of the referendum outcome through an innovation lens. I would like to state that there is no political objective or bias intended with this post. However, it is important to discuss the potential ramifications of our collective decision (and please let that be a decent percentage of the UK population for a […]

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innovation: ready, steady, oh

So you have senior management buy-in, the shiny new idea management software and a workforce you hope are just chomping at the bit to share their ideas to make your business more innovative. But how do you make sure your Innovation programme is a success? The role of communication in any innovation programme is crucial. Without a successful launch, you could soon be looking down the empty barrel of an idea management platform investment. Getting a broad workforce with shop […]

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5 Pillars

Getting ideas from the shop floor to being adopted company-wide requires the right culture, process and communication in place. From our recent report – EveryDay Innovation, we established five key aspects to measure the maturity of your innovation efforts. These are Culture, Leadership, Management, Strategy and Process & Tools. Whilst this lays the groundwork for understanding innovation in the workplace a little more, how do you measure how well you’re innovating if you don’t know what you’re measuring against?   […]

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Strategic drivers push innovation on to the CIO agenda This year sees CIOs place innovation at the top of this year’s strategic priorities. Aligning initiatives with business goals and improving IT operations/systems performance are still on the agenda, but innovation takes precedence. It’s not just the CIO prioritising innovation – business innovation also tops the agenda for a growing number of executive teams. The recognition that ideas are being generated across the workforce is on the increase. And businesses are […]

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Your employees are the lifeblood of your company, to get more commitment and productivity from them, make their time at work a rewarding one. One of the key business trends for 2016 highlighted by FastCo Design is that companies will be more focused on creating better employee experiences. Increasingly people are looking for work that has meaning, which may seem an unnecessary idealistic view but if you want to attract and keep top talent this is worth paying attention to. […]

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Almost every organisation out there would love to have a leader who knows how to make a company more innovative; but they can be hard to come by.  However, you may already have managers in your organisation with the potential to do this.  They simply need some guidance as to how to become the kind of leader that inspires their teams to take on innovation and build a creative culture. Below is a list of the Top 10 traits & […]

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