Zara. Many of us wandered around their trendy shops or browsed their top-of-the-class website without knowing very much about company behind that brand. So, what makes this Spanish brand so successful?
Simply: Zara is one of greatest examples of process innovation.
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Is the one of the biggest innovation barriers in corporate world today – the way to convince middle managers to contribute in innovation?
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Here is my paper “Rewarding Innovation – Influence of rewarding system to the innovation” from XXIV ISPIM Conference held in Helsinki 16-19 June 2013. Continue reading “Rewarding Innovation”
It’s always a challenge to bring the innovative culture of any organization to higher level. After promotion of innovation program and removing the barriers, one of tasks connected with that challenge is to be successful in Idea Generation. The focus can be on the quantity of ideas, but it is also always expected, that this ideas have a certain quality to be able to get realized at the end. Continue reading “Idea Generation Methods”
How can any software developer become an Innovator? Is it possible that innovations exist in any software company?
Software development in small and middle size companies can be encouraged in the same manner as in big companies. The effort and the time spent surely must be scaled, but the general principle which should bring the innovation culture into the teams can be copied.
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After few business books that was terrible with same old stories and nothing interesting for me, I just finished interesting and inspiring book about the everyday work in a company, based on the real-life example of the writers. The book is called “REWORK, Change the way you work forever”.
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Often, innovations are considered as a big, breakthrough products that will change the way we live. But, small incremental innovations – improvements can also be very important, through big savings.
Could organizations be so well organized that there is no place for improvement? Of course, no!
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Great short video on “Fast Company” where Eric Ries (writer of the book “The Lean Startup”) is explaining his term: The Pivot – link The easiest way to explain it – remember what the pivot in handball match is doing … Continue reading Eric Ries explaining “The Pivot”
Ideas are going through the innovation funnel and only few percent will reach the end. What’s happening with the army of ideas lost inside it? How will their creators find out what happened?
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Well, that’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? First, the way how NOT to do it: This will not come from people who can’t get their head off everyday work. Also, not from someone who is learned that innovation ideas comes only from R&D teams or Innovation Departments, or similar… Innovation Culture must exist and Innovation should have the positive surrounding in the organization. Find T-shaped people and use them! Try to find people that has knowledge in their every-day-work domain, but also in other topics. It can be sport, gardening, Take some creative workshops Do brainstorming – engage into … Continue reading How to create disruptive ideas?
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!
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
Two days ago, I attended and I give a presentation on a conference “entrepreneurship + innovation” in my hometown Osijek, Croatia. This was the 4th conference, but I attended for the 1st time and I’m very happy that I can say that it was very well prepared and very interesting event. In the first part we can saw the presenters talking about depressing and pesimistic state of croatian economy. Ok, now we finally admit that our country is in deep trouble. Second part was three paralel sessions and I was on the “Innovation” session. Presenters shown examples of entrepreneurship in … Continue reading insights from entrepreneurship + innovation conference
I’ve just finished reading “Making Ideas Happen” by Scott Belsky. This is the book for every leader, creative person or even for someone who’s starting a career. It’s full of examples how to organize ourselves and our organization to became … Continue reading making ideas happen
I have done my “Innovations & Creativity Workshop” first time outside Croatia. The pleasure was to be in Budapest for 2 days in front of creative people who was interested to listen to my stories. The reaction is almost the same as in Croatia, inventor stories about silly innovations, accidental inventions and success stories was best accepted. Open innovation chapter was also very interesting and I’m now sure that everyone could be convinced that open innovations are future in many companies. Next thing that is always interesting wherever I am, are inspirational internet sites mentioned in last post (creativity avalanche). … Continue reading first workshop abroad
Here is my paper “Establishing Innovation Culture”, about installing Innovative Climate in big oragnization. I presented it on the Conference for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Maribor, 2 days ago, and got a great feedback. Hope that you’ll like it! Please comment! Here is the link on issuu. Continue reading establishing innovation culture
I’m just back from first course on Innovations and Creativity. It was a day and half long course on creative thinking and innovation. I got great feedback from participants and I’m sure that in future I will go on with this course. As I expected attendees are the most interested in the creativity examples such as some thinking techniques and pointing out the examples, like coincidental inventions. But, also the chapter “Open Innovations” was very interesting for them as they didn’t know nothing about it. Open Innovation Web-Sites like Innocentive was the complete novelty. New website created (Croatian) which supports … Continue reading course on creativity and innovation
Have you heard your friend, father or uncle how he make fun of his boses or to management in his factory because they are doing something „stupid“, and when you ask him „why won’t you propose a solution?“, the answer is: „they wouldn’t listen to me, they dont care for my thoughts“ or „let them do whatever they want!“. This barrier between employee and the firm, or call it ‘learned helplessness’ is the spirit when the employee don’t need to think and it’s the example which kind of culture should be completely changed. This kind of examples can be heard … Continue reading innovation culture barriers