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

New Things are Brewing

Posted by Corie Roudebush Spialek on Jan 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As we enter 2017...everyone starts the year with resolutions and goals for the year.  This year No Guru Needed has exciting new things in the works stay tuned!

In the meantime if you haven't checked out the new Eureka! Ranch website you should (www.eurekaranch.com) and if you haven't read up on the new Innovation Engineering Quick Start Course go check it out (https://eurekaranch.com/quick-start/) or better yet reach out to learn more about any of the upcoming ones.

We hope everyone had a great Holiday and a Happy New Year!

The Team at Eureka! Ranch International, Ltd.

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Topics: innovation

Innovation & Employee Engagement: Lessons from a Chief Innovator

Posted by Maggie Nichols on Nov 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

 I was recently interviewed by my friend, Justin Zawaly, COO  of TalMetrix about innovation & employee engagement...as Justin states, "One of the outcomes of an engaged culture is innovation. Innovation doesn’t just happen, or at least it cannot be sustained, unless both the employer and employee are thriving. Innovation becomes part of organizations culture and must be measured and monitored like anything else to ensure the creative vision is being nurtured."

Check out our interview below:

What does the term ‘innovation’ really mean?

Something that’s meaningfully unique. Unique in that it’s uncommon, unexpected, a wow or dramatically different than any other option. Meaningful in that it makes sense in your customer’s life. It improves something. It adds value.

Interestingly, so many of us over complicate this term. Others oversimplify. But in every case there’s something that holds true in everyone’s definition in a company - and that’s that they’re all different! One of the most common sources of misalignment on innovation is a common definition of innovation. And if I don’t know what we “count” as innovation, then how can I hope to know when I’m working towards it.

Why don’t more companies innovate?

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Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation, culture change, Innovation Culture, leadership

Developing a new idea? Now’s the time to be critical

Posted by Corie Roudebush Spialek on Oct 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The following post is reprinted with permission from David Moskal at InVision Edge in Winnipeg.

We’ve all seen entrepreneurs on Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank pitching their idea and pouring their heart out because they are so passionate about it. Some say they’ve even remortgaged their home or spent their retirement money to fund their idea, only to hit a death threat that puts the idea in jeopardy. The Dragons or Sharks beg them to stop investing in their idea and kill it before it’s too late.

What a defeating feeling. Imagine investing a bunch of time and money into an idea, only to find a roadblock that is immovable. All those hours and dollars become a sunk cost and leave you wishing you had seen this coming earlier. This happens more often than you’d think – and even multi-million dollar companies experience it.

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Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation, fail fast fail cheap

Top 3 Things that Can Silently Ruin Your Innovation Program

Posted by Brad Hall on Oct 25, 2016 11:21:55 AM

We’re running our training program off-site this week and it brings to mind all the small things that seem insignificant but can have a drastic impact on the outcome of the week.  Through trial and error we’ve come up with some solutions  to handle these potential landmines even when we’re off-site.  So here are the top three hidden killers for innovation programs and some potential solutions to them.

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Topics: innovation, training

2 Significant Impacts from Innovation Checklists

Posted by Greg Lemmon on Oct 20, 2016 9:01:49 AM

It is no secret that when you have a "to do" list you get more done and the same goes for innovation.  When you use a "to do" list or checklist we see the following:

1. You will ship more innovations.
Innovation projects that leverage a checklist are over twice as likely to be in a development or shipping phase than projects not using a checklist.

2. You will ship faster.
Projects with checklist move 4 times faster.

Checklists tell the project teams: WHAT to do. WHY to do it. And HOW to do it.  By removing this mystery at every step in the process teams can do more and move faster.

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Topics: innovation, accelerate

Are You Out of Touch With Your Innovation Boundaries?

Posted by Scott Dunkle on Oct 18, 2016 10:47:03 AM

I recently read a post about the difficulties of becoming of CTO and the struggles of no longer being part of the “doing the menial work” crowd as it relates to a web programming department of an organization.

The job of the leader in this instance isn’t to be on the forefront finding and implementing new technologies, but instead to provide guidance on which technologies can be implemented - and when - based on the information provided by the person that researched it.

So often the leader of an organization or department sets boundaries on how far the employees can go with their research, “because I’m the leader and I know from experience what is best”. How do you know what is best now compared to when you WERE in the trenches?

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Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation

Why in the World Would I Do That?

Posted by Jesse Bechtold on Oct 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Imagine the cockpit conversation…

First Officer:  Looks like we are headed into turbulent air, sure glad you checked the annunciator panel when we started up and before we took off.

Pilot:  Yeah, looks a little rough…wait, what’s that about the annunciator?

First Officer:  You did check it, right?

Pilot:  I’m supposed to do that before every takeoff?

First Officer:  I thought so??

Pilot:  Well, why didn’t you say something…

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Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation, innovation system

3 Tips to Increase Your Innovation Speed

Posted by David Lafkas on Oct 11, 2016 11:07:14 AM

Lets Get right to it...

1. Write It Down.  Sounds simple, and writing down what your innovation is serves two purposes. 

First it forces you to focus on what the innovation truly is and what its benefits are.  Think about how different it is when you read a description of something versus having someone tell you about it.  The written version, if done properly, is going to be more focused and to the point.  And that's important when you consider that eventually your consumers may only see a written description of your innovation - usually in the form of the product package.

Writing down your invention also helps get your invention out of your head so others can help you improve upon it.  Which brings us to our next tip…

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Topics: innovation, collaboration, increasing speed

3 Questions That Can Keep Your Innovation Projects On Track

Posted by Maggie Slovonic Pfeifer on Oct 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

I am working on two major projects at the moment. And I will use my absence of disciplined working rhythms and feedback loops as a lesson to all of us this week.

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Topics: innovation, collaboration, Dr. Deming

No One is Safe from Innovation

Posted by Corie Roudebush Spialek on Oct 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

My friend, Wendy Ferris, at InVision Edge recently shared the article, "Costco's CFO doesn't belive his company is Amazon-Proof."  After reading the article in Business Insider it reminded me of one of my previous blog posts and I thought it was worth another share. What I think Richard Galanti has that those before him didn't understand is that he doesn't believe that Costco in invincible.

The world is constantly changing.  Nothing stays the same. Innovation changes the world on a regular basis. In my short life I have personally experienced life changing innovation in how I watch movies, communicate with friends and family, and receive world news.  By no means is that a complete list. 

What I ask you today is, "Are you planning for the next big world changing innovation?"

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Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation, strategy

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