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12/5/2013
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Kate Vitasek
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5 Ways To Turbocharge Innovation

Think "creative conflict" rather than touchy-feely collaboration to get the best ideas out of your organization.

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Somedude8
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12/7/2013 | 2:30:01 PM
Creativity on Demand
Innovation results from creativity. I don't think there is any process that can replicate creativity and provide it on demand. Group-based efforts at forcing creativity to appear on demand often seem to result in nothing more than some variation of Loudest Common Denominator, where the the most aggressive or loudest people's ideas are the ones that get pushed through, regardless of merit.

The real innovation, the revolutionary stuff, not the evolutionary incremental improvements, seem to come down to one person with an exceptional idea and the work ethic to make it happen. To ask "how do we innovate like that?", when it really means "how do we create a repeatable process that I can put in my spreadsheets, so I can tell stakeholders that we will increase our bottom line this year through XX percent innovative improvements?" belies a fundamental misunderstanding of how true innovation occurs.

What is a better way? Beats me! I do know however that when you get that person working for you, the one that does come up with the truly innovative ideas, it is wise to go to great lengths to keep that person! Of course, that requires management that would be capable of recognizing that person for they are, which is almost as rare as the actual innovator. In the words of a great innovator (The Oracle from The Matrix movies hehe) "'tis a pickle"!
RobPreston
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12/6/2013 | 3:15:23 PM
Not settling for "or" options
Another CIO, besides P&G's Filippo Passerini, who doesn't settle for "or" options is GM's Randy Mott, formerly of HP, Dell, and Wal-Mart. Mott insists on taking on big IT projects -- data center consolidation, app portfolio management, insourcing, etc. -- all at once. "Choosing is losing," is the way he puts it.

 

 
bascombeb
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12/5/2013 | 1:48:44 PM
TURBOCHARGINN INNOVATION?
THIS RACE-TO-THE-BOTTOM, on behalf of unlimited profits, makes the concept of this type of innovation impossible. It is, however, an ideal worth pursuing.
Laurianne
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12/5/2013 | 10:50:06 AM
Elephants In the Room
Point 2 is often the hardest to get past. i love the Angry birds example of encouraging people to speak up even when it is hard.
Lorna Garey
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12/5/2013 | 9:16:51 AM
Devil's Advocate
In World War Z, a Mossad agent explains that Israel built the wall against zombies because one person in the group is charged with asking, essentially, "What if X is true?" with X being a wildly unlikely scenario. Like the elephant in the room if the concept were to have a flying pink elephant.

What if we could have drones deliver Kindles? What if we could create a new currency? Seems like asking "Why not? What if we could do X?" is also important. 
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