Igniting Innovation: Tips, Sparks and Ideas for Acting on Innovation

How to Include Your Manufacturing Team in Innovation

Posted by Maggie Slovonic Pfeifer on Mar 31, 2016 10:00:00 AM

A few weeks back, I asked you for your Innovation Questions. Innovation Questions. Thanks to everyone who contributed a question, and please continue to do so. The goal with my responses will be to suggest a tool, process or principle that could help you build a systemic solution.  Below is a question from Greg Allen about getting more people involved in his innovation initiative and a response from a non-Guru.

“How do I get my manufacturing team more involved? The office folks are starting to make the transition, but the team who is out on the floor getting their hands dirty building our products do not seem to understand that their insight and input is gold for our innovation process.” - Greg Allen

Hello Greg, thanks for asking this question. I can tell you are already heading in the right direction by seeking information on how to include your manufacturing team and leverage their invaluable insight.

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Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation, diversity

4 Different Types of Innovation Sessions

Posted by Jesse Bechtold on Mar 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

I read an article encouraging leaders of organizations to have more ceremonies.  Bring people together and have a ceremony to launch a new product or a new market, ceremonies for reaching a goal or some personal achievements.   Ceremonies energize and build excitement. The author gave the example of Steve Jobs bringing his developers together and, while on stage, ceremoniously burying an effigy of an old version of OS in a casket while the developers cheered and mocked mourning.

Bringing people together also has a powerful impact on your innovation program.  In fact, the most impactful thing you can do to grow the value of your innovation pipelineis to run more sessions.  Each person coming to a session brings stimulus from their varied backgrounds, education and stimulus mining.  A group provides diversity of thinking styles and experiences.  And sessions provide us freedom within a framework to reduce the fear that is naturally part of exploring new ideas.  Stimulus, diversity and reduced fear, the three key variables in great innovation, are all the benefits of a well run innovation session.

We recommend four different types of innovation sessions:

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Topics: Create, innovation, diversity, innovation pipeline

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