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Let’s co-create, Mr Client!

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With new and emerging technologies developing at increasing speed, how do IT suppliers and system integrators best understand how to apply these new tools and methods in their clients’ organisations? A beauty parade no longer cuts it with clients who are looking to their technology partners to help take advantage of this new evolution and create value above and beyond …

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Innovation Launchpads – The path to connection

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The path to creation is through collaboration That’s the yoga teacher in me speaking, but it’s true and most innovators will subscribe to this perspective. The more we work together, the more able we are to initiate bigger change. Notably, social innovation and making a positive impact beyond the commercial four walls we work within, let’s face it, is what …

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Innovation Theatre – CEO’s we MUST do better

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To all the CEO’s out there who are the conductors of innovation theatre within their organisations and showcase this theatre as your innovation strategy to your teams, your customers, your shareholders. Willing or not. Intentional or not. Known or not. You all can and must do better. Playing innovation theatre as innovation strategy is an abuse of power, a waste …

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Delivering an innovation culture shift – the practical point of view

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Right intention, wrong execution. Working with a large enterprise began in the usual way: the Innovation Team in a room discussing their objectives. Early on, however, it was very clear that this journey would fall to the common pitfalls that intuitively seem like the correct answer, but, with more insight, quite clearly hinder the culture shift. The Innovation Team felt …

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Innovation doesn’t need to be the next Us vs Them battle

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The world seems to get more polarised every day. In all facets of life, collectively we focus on the extremes setting up an ‘Us v. Them’ battle that is self-defeating and ultimately unproductive. Rather than looking for commonality, as humans we seem determined to see only the differences. This article was originally published through The Future Shapers. We only have …

Fostering Innovation with Technological Solutions – Part 2

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The Apollo program has been called the greatest technological achievement in human history. Apollo stimulated many areas of technology, leading to over 1,800 spinoff products as of 2015. One component of that incredible feat of science and engineering that doesn’t get much attention is LC-39 or Launch Complex 39, the rocket launch site at the John F. Kennedy Space Center …

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Should we rush to a cashless society?

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In Sweden, cash transactions make up less than 2% of the total transaction value across the entire economy. The small number of centralised banks are co-operating in a push toward a cashless society – so much so that micro card readers have been issued to the homeless to allow them to accept donations from credit and debit cards. Cities in …

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Innovation – Is it all just a game of Jeopardy?

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Innovation, it all starts with jeopardy. Is this a truism? Does all innovation start with jeopardy? There is little doubt that “the risk of loss, harm or failure,” which is the dictionary definition of jeopardy is a component part of why we innovate. The pace of change across most industries, driven by new technology and more open, collaborative and transparent …

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Fostering Innovation with Technological Solutions – Part 1

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Here’s an odd challenge to get you thinking. What might the link be between Barcelona, fostering innovation with technological solutions and organisations looking to give the people what they want? This two-part series will explore the topic of a session I recently gave at a Design Thinking and Business Innovation Summit.  The series opens by considering how organisations are using …

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Why Building a Culture of Innovation is Your Competitive Advantage

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A quick glance at the Most Innovative Companies [1] list at Forbes sees the top three places taken by Salesforce, Tesla and Amazon respectively. With Amazon being 23 years old and safely ensconced in adulthood, they are the most interesting of the three (to me at least). In an age of rapid change and creative destruction, they’ve not only pioneered …