10 Principles of Innovative Leadership

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An internal innovation programme or creativity drive is only as good as the people leading it. Encouraging employees to engage in adding extra value to the business will pose quite a challenge without management leading the way with a positive example. That famous phrase “eat your own dog food” springs to mind! With this in mind I’ve created a list …

The Benefits of Gamification

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Gamification is a powerful new technique in business.  We’ve implemented some gamifying features in Idea Spotlight to motivate users to become idea creators. But what are the tangible benefits of gamification? Other than techy innovative companies throwing it around as a buzzword, what are the real reasons as to why a company would want to implement and invest in gamifying …

3 Things I Learned About Innovation from Airbnb’s CMO, Jonathan Mildenhall

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I had the pleasure of logging into Google for Work’s largest digital event last night, Atmosphere, which looked at how businesses can think creatively and innovate boldly. If you missed it, you can watch it online and download additional content here. There were some great speakers, many of who I was thrilled to see were Brits, including Tim Brown, Co-CEO of …

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Intrapreneurship Conference – Joris van Heukelom on corporate innovation.

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Last week Wazoku was at the Intrapreneurship Conference here in London and we had the opportunity to hear a few interesting speakers. One of them was Joris van Heukelom, founder of MakerLab, a Dutch innovation company focusing on innovation for big corporations such as educational publishers, banks, insurance and retail, among others. Joris gave a presentation on “How to create …

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5 Things Transport Operators Can Learn From Other Industries

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For most of its history, the transport industry has remained largely the same. Sure, there have been steady updates its technologies, but innovation has been incremental and infrastructure improvement has, at the risk of understating, been costly. While the industry has been trying to overcome major issues such as ageing structure and an exponentially increasing user-base, especially in London, it …

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2 Ted Talks you cannot afford to miss

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Recently we’ve had these two TED Talk presentations going around the office and we thought we should also share them with you, as both have very interesting lessons on the innovation process. In this 2009 Ted Talk, Dan Pink presents us “The Puzzle of Motivation”. Using the candle problem as an example, he explains how businesses have been getting it …

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Intrapreneurship Conference 2015: Who and what to take note of

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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 …