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Learn To Innovate - managing ideas and their execution

Resources for Innovation and practical creativity

John Cleese on Creativity

Tackling Parkinson's Disease with a phone call

Where do ideas come from?

The creative spark - what makes us create and innovate?

Less about Innovation and more about mediocrity

Peter Fuda - Burning Platforms and Burning Aspirations

The Innovation Process at Schaeffler

The $300 house - the process of reverse innovation

Our approach to innovation is dead wrong

When genious and insanity hold hands

The Moser Bulb Story

Rene Redzepi the story of Noma

Innovation Man

Innovation HBR

Arunachalam - sanitary napkin revolution

Navi Radjou - Jugaad - Frugal Innovation

Wk 1 - Your Creative Self

Nurturing your creative genius

Thinking differently

Feeling differently

Focussing differently

Plug into novelty and difference

Store and play with ideas

Find new communities

Manage polarities, Order and chaos, Stimulation and isolation/concentration, Places with problems and places with potential solutions

How do you reward yourself for getting outside of your comfort zone - when material reward is far from certain....

Developing insight - seeing what others do not see

Wanting what does not exist

Seeing what does not exist

Paradox of too much knowledge - tramelled

Problem/opportunity insight precedes solution insight

Challenge - flow from personal problem insight to collective solution insight

Get to different perceptions and ideas from the group...

Carve out time for nurturing creativity and insight, play, discover, solve, learn

Become a more powerful innovator


Hate - cultivate dissatisfaction

Willing to do the right thing badly; risk doing the wrong thing

Personality, place, preparation, problem

Persistence - single-mindedly openminded...

Willingness to fight for new ideas - displace old - comfortable with conflict

Culture, toxic, wasteful, friendly, hungry

Giving up old ideas/habits for better ones

unnecessary pain, necessary pain, industry pain, personal pain

quitting can be winning

how do traditions, habits and bias impede new ideas?

Wk 2 - Leading Innovation - building a bigger brain!

Leading Innovators

Strange, novel, risky propositions

Innovation as a collaborative activity, Investigators, Creators, Evaluators, Implementers

Organising others

Organising Self....the challenges of the sole innovator?

Bottom Up, Top Down, Open (idea orgy) and Closed (idea incest)

Increase and improve connections between people with a hunger for innovation, Coach in those with less enthusiasm or confidence

Elite sport or Mass participation?, Harnessing under-appreciated intelligence, experience, wisdom, Bigger brains reduce uncertainty

Reach out to people that wiil give you a bigger brain, Who, How

Organising Innovators

ALL new ideas need other people, Personalities, Politics, Processes, Places, Connections, Exploring (diverging), Exploiting (converging), Costs and Benefits, Permanent teams, Temporary teams, Networks, What new networks might extend your innovative brain?, How can you make more of existing networks?

Culture beats structure....

Consider the flow of ideas through an innovation process, Stagegates?, Convergence/divergence

Creating a Powerful Innovation Cuture, Inspiring people (including yourself) to see and want better futures, Love and Hate as great inspirers, How people work together to go from insight to implementation, Idea toxic, Idea wasteful, Idea friendly, Idea hungry, All of the above...., Encouraging creative behaviours, Time, Watercooler conversations and lunches etc, Developing group based practical creativity, Expert groups for sole traders, Expecting it in 121s and appraisals etc, Develop existing culture or transform it?, Innovation hub, idea clinics,, Develop existing meetings, trainings etc, Use visuals, Motivating Innovators, ideas motivate actions, different people are motivated by different ideas, link what people care about to their innovation work, cycles of motivation and demotivation, innovation as a learning process, reduce demotivators and inhibitors, discuss pro-innovation and innovation inhibiting behaviours

Wk 3 - Creating Innovation - from insight to implementation

the innovation curve and the leap to a new curve

If traditional wont work...traditions wont do

innovation as deviance

requires the rebel and the maverick, challenges to conformity, enough rebellion? Increasing/decreasing?, How do you harness the rebellious minds

The 'sameness' filters - recruiting in our own shadow - repelling outsiders, recruiting outsiders, balance of sameness and difference

How can you influence the climate of practical creativity?, soldiers, conformers, rebels, mavericks

business as usual will eventually fail!, leadership as fanning the flames of creative conflict

making ideas useful, neednt be the originator - whose ideas could you help?, bolting on features, taking stuff away, gap between innovators interests and users, different perceptions of value, better ideas - better problems - better questions - complete set of questions, localising, simplifying, overcoming, functional fixedness - fixed assumptions, phases of innovation, pre-innovation, from divergent to convergent, Fuzzy front end, innovation, focus - convergent, Fuzzy middle end, post-innovation, divergent - lifecycle management, fuzzy back end, a learning process - not a project plan...

Measuring Innovation

calculating ingredients

monitoring process

reviewing impacts

Developing innovation perspectives on existing metrics

exploiting the bias towards numbers...while measuring the unmeasurable

using measurement to lead improvement

Innovation targets

Wk 4 - Winning with Innovation

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties

Which of your certainties would require the most courage to let go of?

A desire that the better ideas should win...a battle

Novelty versus habit

Innovating is not the same as winning, You make a giant leap - they add the final tiny step

Can you pick a 'winning' innovation, can you make almost any idea a winner - Pixar, smart ideas neutralised by dumb processes, smart ideas badly packaged, smart ideas badly protected....

Innovation has to be harnessed to strategy

setting up a stream of innovations that are understood, shaping the market for an innovation, almost all about the timing and context?

using innovation to move somewhere better



3-5 milestones over 3-5 years?

what makes an idea attractive?



adoption, use, popularity

fit with existing ideas....

planned development AND following what works - even if you don't know why

Adaptation....dont nail it down....

From the intricacies of innovation to the dynamics of the market

Your first and last ideas are unavoidably imperfect

Sell the idea

Strategic logic

Business case

Show and try

Gut evangelism

formal criteria and process for approval and funding?

eventually you have to change how something is done or what is done

Renew, Transform, Disrupt

is a head of steam built up?, why innovate?, response to burning platform?, pursuit of burning aspiration

reach for the garbage can - or go beyond the obvious?, build a bigger brain?

innovation as a means to an end...start with the end in mind

Surfing waves of creativity

Stranded, surfing, shaping, smashed

Wk 5 - Innovator's Turning Points

Learn from what innovators do, how they focus, feel and think




Energy, purpose and choices in real-world innovation

Yes, No and a 1000 Maybes - get your mind dirtied up!

A beautiful idea is never perfect

the circularity of success and failure

focus on better - not profit or cheaper or market share

don't look for innovation in the P&L statement

Little differences make a big difference

Find a problem worth solving

Gamble enough! Everything?, Time, Money, Relationships (Love)

From experimenters to implementers...

long, medium, short term innovation

Leaders get the Innovation they deserve

Wk 6 - The Innovator's Toolkit

Questions? Insights? Observations? Practical Ideas?