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Innovation and creativity

Why try to be more innovative? Because it breaks the natural “aging pro­cess” or entropy that occurs in an organization as evidenced by bureaucratic growth (see excellent articles on Microsoft’s lost decade). The rules and hab­its by which organizations operate come in conflict with events, and rather than adapting or reacting or even “hollering for help,” organizations grad­ually devolve in their innovation and agility as new rules are introduced to prevent future missteps.

So what are we really doing in a large organization by chasing innovation? We are in a sense fulfilling our purposes, aims, and goals as exemplified by a leadership team that is not afraid to give permission and take techni­cal risks!


planningSet Innovation Strategy

Shared articulation of your Innovation ambition and intent®
Identification of your
Most critical themes® to guide innovation activity and investment
Knowledge of the
Capabilities, assets, and partnerships® needed for success
A clear, risk-balanced
Portfolio of initiatives®

innovationBecome Better Innovators

Employees who are Enabled and engaged® to drive innovation
Enterprise-level innovation capabilities® that integrate innovation across business units
Innovation centers and labs® for rapid prototyping and human-centered design, innovation tools, and innovation coaches
Incentive programs and metrics® to help foster and manage innovation efforts over time
Open innovation capabilities, processes, systems, and networks that amplify your own resources and are designed to drive higher
Returns on innovation investments®

buildDesign, Build +Launch Innovations

Clear Business cases and launch plans® for new ideas
New discoveries about the
Unmet needs® of current and future customers
Distinctive insights and points-of-view on seemingly
Intractable challenges®
New business concepts that are made tangible through visualizations and demonstrations of the
Future value® we are developing
Prototypes® that help test and refine the future business, aligning the enterprise and accelerating piloting
Motivated employees® eager to support implementation and see innovations succeed
Implemented Growth offerings, business models, and platforms® that generate new revenue and scale quickly



In deriving how to implement innovation-oriented changes to culture, processes, and creativity, we merged innovation and systems principles to develop an innovation framework. We used the framework to identify gaps in innovation culture and practices and to also identify indicators and metrics that could perhaps help assess the impacts of introducing these innovation initiatives. 
The Innovation Framework®

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The Innovation Tools Handbook, Volume 1, 2 and 3: Organizational and Operational Tools, Methods, and Techniques that Every Innovator Must Know
By H. James Harrington, Frank Voeh
The three volumes of The Innovation Tools Handbook cover 76 top-rated tools and methods, from the hundreds available, that every innovator must master to be successful. 



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Infusing Innovation Into Organizations: A Systems Engineering Approach
By M. Ann Garrison Darrin, Jerry A. Krill
Introduces a systemic approach that supports an innovative culture and describes novel approaches to addressing problems using creative, viable solutions. This book serves undergraduate and graduate-level professors and students in systems engineering as well as managers and consultants working in systems analysis and design.


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Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs
By Larry Keeley, Helen Walters, Ryan Pikkel, Brian Quinn
Innovation principles to bring about meaningful and sustainable growth in your organization. Using a list of more than 2,000 successful innovations, including Cirque du Soleil, early IBM mainframes, the Ford Model-T, and many more, the authors applied a proprietary algorithm and determined ten meaningful groupings—the Ten Types of Innovation—that provided insight into innovation.

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