The biggest risk is not to innovate!

The biggest risk associated with innovation is not to innovate. If the company does not have innovations, it allows competition to shape the future. New ideas will shape the market that will no longer be interested in old products.   Because of this, we can say that sometimes the challenges of innovation are big, but the risk of non-innovating is much higher.   In other words: Standing on the same place is like going backwards!   So, companies should look to the future – to new trends and new opportunities.   How to scan that? Just catch-up with latest news on your domain … Continue reading The biggest risk is not to innovate!

there is no space for ideas in hostile environment

Few weeks ago, I got one insight from a friend who works in factory. He had an idea how to improve the production process. He spoken with his supervisor and they made this improvement which produces less waste and production is faster. I must say that, I spoke with him few months ago and encouraged him to make this, as it will be done in my company with no problem, but we have innovation culture… What happened is that another supervisor wasn’t been happy with that, and idea was rejected, idea-creator (my friend) got also some bad words like “Don’t … Continue reading there is no space for ideas in hostile environment

innovation culture in factories

Today I got one insight from person who works in factory. He had an idea how to improve the production process. He spokes with his supervisor and they made this improvement which produces less waste and production is faster. (I spoke with him and encouraged him to make this, as it will be done in my company) But, another supervisor wasn’t been happy with that, and idea was rejected, idea-creator got also some bad words… “Don’t change the status quo”, “Why to make changes?”… not an innovative firm, as you can see. One more thing: they tried to start some … Continue reading innovation culture in factories

social networking from any phone

Finnish Sibesonke —a spinoff from Nokia Siemens Networks is using SMS and the USSD text-based browsing protocol, both of which are part of the GSM technical standard to enable social networking or polls participation to users on any phone. Sibesonke has the first project in South Africa, where users only hs to dial *120*686# to establish a data call that gives them a text screen on their phone. From there, they can access job ads, buy-and-sell services, health information, social connections… Continue reading social networking from any phone

what an idea – toytraveling

There are sometimes silly ideas on the horizont and you can say: what’s next? But this is an example of a sweet&funny idea –> send your toy(teddy) to Prague and get it’s pictures from there. That’s not all, you can get photo album, e-mails, facebook/twitter profile and you’ll be updated with all of it’s movement. Other services include aromatherapy, massage and certificate 🙂 it’s brilliant! So, here is the link: http://www.toytraveling.com It seems that the service will be soon expanded to other cities. Continue reading what an idea – toytraveling

innovation process article

I’ve just read interesting article on Business Week: about Whirpool’s innovation process that evaluates and screen thousands of ideas. Whirlpool’s three-pronged definition of innovation: “It must meet a consumer need in a fresh way; it must have the breadth to become a platform for related products; and it must lift earnings.“ The final section of the article: “What can executives learn from Whirlpool’s approach to screening ideas? • Define Innovation A brief, concrete definition of innovation will help employees evaluate new concepts at the front end, screening out those that just don’t fit. As a concept progresses, keep returning to … Continue reading innovation process article

10 tips for successful brainstorming session

When you have a group of people and you need to take their ideas from selected topic I can give you few tips: 1. start with mentioning expected results 2. use existing examples of realized ideas to avake inspiration 3. smile and mention funny ideas from past 4. write down every idea 5. try to include every participant 6. never focus to much only on one/two participants who have most ideas 7. after session send titles of all ideas to participants 8. send your notes to idea creator and ask for details 9. be boring when it comes to get … Continue reading 10 tips for successful brainstorming session

10 ways to achive innovative climate in your organization

Second post from Top10 series: 1. Try to have fun, that’s the right way for creativity. 2. It’s ok to make mistakes, without mistakes, there will be no new ideas as there is a need for lot of ideas to have successful innovation. 3. Fear is your first enemy! Push away the fear from your workplace and innovation can replace it! 4. Promote successful ideas and their creators with brochures, intranet… 5. Try to keep process of idea-evaluation as simple as posible and as fast as posible. 6. Use piece of software for idea generation and evaluation 7. Customers are … Continue reading 10 ways to achive innovative climate in your organization

yugo – what a bad idea

I’ve just read Business Week article where car from Kragujevac was mentioned: “Also, low-priced offerings for lower-income regions often carry a stigma. Even a quarter of a century after the Yugo was introduced as the cheapest car in the U.S., the brand name remains synonymous with shoddy materials and workmanship, and is a reminder that quality is as important as price in industrialized nations.” I remember the times when ‘Yugo goes to America’ was a big story in former Yugoslavia, but soon other stories came back and there were no much time gone, when we watched how Americans make fun … Continue reading yugo – what a bad idea

ideas campaign started in ireland

Open Innovation in Ireland, just read following:“The Ideas Campaign is calling on you, the people of Ireland, to propose solutions that will help rebuild the economy. It’s a grassroots, independent campaign for citizens, by citizens.”Nice way to get new ideas to boost economy (if only my country would do te same)!Many ideas are already out there and I will enjoy whole month to read(campain will finish at end of March).Its great that this concept of open innovation campaign can be spread to entire nation. Well done Ireland!link Continue reading ideas campaign started in ireland

singapore no.1 on inno-report

Newest innovation climate study done by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and The Manufacturing Institute (MI), listed 110 countries according to their Innovation Inputs and Innovation Performance score. This Internation Innovation Index is buid from 6 categories: Fiscal & Other policies, Innovation environment, R&D results, Business performance and Public impact of innovation. Link to studySingapore is ranked 1st, U.S.A. 8th, Japan 9th, while European leadinng innovation states: Sweden, U.K., Austria & Germany are 10th,15th,17th and 19th.Central Europe countries are near each other on the list: Hungary, Czech Rep. and Slovenia are on places 31-33 and … Continue reading singapore no.1 on inno-report

ford’s process & product innovation

When I was a school-boy I watched TV-series about Henry Ford with my father. He was really enjoying it, specially when they show how he made the new manufacturing system or process – the same one on which my mum was working for many years. Brilliant process innovation in the beginning of 20th century. But the thing which was most impresing to us in this days – it was mid of 80’s/last century – was that he made the car that many can buy. I’m not sure how to classify this innovation – it fits the best to product innovation. … Continue reading ford’s process & product innovation

local idea hero in organization

Main roles for the person selected as innovation-driver in organization: 1. well-known in organization as innovation-driver and open for any kind of questions 2. running innovation system and improving it 3. be sure that everyone knows about idea process(how to submit idea) 4. taking care for ideas that waits for any decision for long time 5. knows about each submitted idea and keep an eye on innovation metrics, such as no. of submitted ideas, no. of realized ideas and other metrics + creating new inno.metrics if needed Other roles such as connecting intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs with innovators, can be the … Continue reading local idea hero in organization