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Open Innovation vs Crowdsourcing vs Co-creation

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Various principles and concepts are used for managing research and innovation. You are probably familiar with these buzzwords: crowdsourcing, open innovation and a more recent one, co-creation. Organisations are gradually moving away from traditional work models; they are becoming a lot bolder and more inclusive in their approaches to innovation. As an innovation and idea management company we have witnessed …

Design thinking for innovation

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Design thinking has become a popular topic for discussion; with industry leaders like IBM and GE embracing and embedding design thinking in their organisations, other organisations are inevitably taking note. Why do it? Design thinking is first and foremost people-centred, deriving products and services to meet a genuine need. This is why the term human-centric design has become so prominent. …

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Engaging your community to future-proof your organisation

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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 …

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Culture for innovation – It’s all about leadership

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Implementing open innovation requires a shift in the mindset and a change in culture. It requires individuals to share their knowledge and to be open to external ideas. This means that innovation success lies mainly in creating a culture to support it. Here at Wazoku, we do believe that corporate culture is the only true competitive advantage. But, to be …

Failure Tolerance – how to encourage your employees to innovate

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Thomas Watson, IBM’s famous chairman and CEO, once said “The fastest way to succeed is to double your failure rate”. Many managers still agree. Do you? Failure should be a prerequisite to innovation, but a lot of managers still struggle to understand this and thus too many employees see failure as something bad. Have you ever wondered whether your employees …

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14 Tips to Unlock your Workforce’s Creativity

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Here are a few simple tips that will help you to easily unlock and implement sustainable creativity across your organisation. Try these different tips and see how you can spark creativity amongst your employees. Ultimately you will unleash moonshots. Encourage your employees to read on a daily basis and to research topics that are unrelated to your industry. Give them …