Igniting Innovation: Tips, Sparks and Ideas for Acting on 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

How To Believe That the Impossible is Possible With Innovation

Posted by Greg Lemmon on Aug 16, 2016 12:02:40 PM

The Olympic games have been a lot of fun to watch this year. While it is exciting when your country or favorite athlete wins gold, it is also exciting to see athletes break world records. 

In London 24 world records were broken and as I’m writing this there have been 21 records broken in Rio. These records are the result of innovation. People are not only working harder, but working smarter. Better competition, better technology, and sadly in some cases better drug cheating. We see the result of all the progress on display during the games, but just like when an organization ships a new innovation, we don’t see all the work that made the once impossible, possible.

Doing something new to the world is clearly a great way to win. It is tough to lose a race while running faster than every human in history.  But with this uniqueness comes doubt. It isn’t believable to others that you can do the impossible even while you’re doing it.

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Topics: innovation, innovation system

Innovation Training: Fast Food And Fast Thinking

Posted by Corie Roudebush Spialek on Aug 10, 2016 2:46:26 PM

People often ask us where to start and what about training?  We wanted to share one companies experience with the trianing we LOVE the most:

Picture the scene: ‘Eureka Ranch’ in suburban Ohio; a meeting of professional minds from such diverse backgrounds as an international supermarket giant, Hawaiian culture programme INPEACE and a Canadian fish company; a super-charged week of 12 hour days with exercises timed against the clock and assignments graded in real time; a ‘no whining’ policy in place; and American-sized food portions and a self-serve M&M bar that would keep us fueled throughout.

It was the scene of our ‘Blue-Belt’ training in Innovation Engineering last month. IE is a world class innovation system deployed by power brands like P&G and with $8 billion worth of innovations in active development. The claims are no less impressive than its calibre: increasing speed to market by up to six times and reducing risk by 30-80%, and they have data from more than 20,000 innovations and 33 years of quantitative research to back it up.

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Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation, innovation system, innovation training, Education

When it Comes To Innovation What Do I Do First?

Posted by Jesse Bechtold on Feb 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM
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Topics: innovation, why innovate, innovation system

Your Org Chart Does Not Apply to Innovation

Posted by Maggie Slovonic Pfeifer on Jan 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Don’t get me wrong, organizational structure with job functions and some kind of hierarchy is useful for conductingbusiness as usual. People have specific roles to play in serving yourcustomers. However, when it comes to innovation, the structure is less useful, because by definition, innovation is not business as usual.

So how do you make use of that structure when it comes to innovation? Who is best positioned to generate and develop ideas?

You shouldn’t be surprised to hear my answer. After all this blog is called No Guru Needed, Anyone Can Lead Innovation!

With a system in place, anyone from any department at any level within your organization could lead your next successful innovation project.

That’s because when you have a system that enables people, so anyone with the energy and passion for an idea is able to explore it.

How can this possibly work?

Well, I’ve seen innovation thrive inside organizations who don’t have a guru when…

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Topics: innovation, innovation system, strategy, alignment

Which comes first..the Innovation System or the Innovation Culture?

Posted by Maggie Nichols on Jan 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

I’d like to share with you a tale of two companies.  

At the start...

Company A:  We’d like to do more innovation.  But we have to get our culture right first.

We’re going to bring in some creative speakers to get our employees ‘fired up.’  We might even start asking them for their ideas and we’re going to start an incentive program where we pay them for every idea they give us.  After we get everyone thinking the right way and being more innovative, then we’ll be in a place to do a ‘real’ innovation system.

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Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation, Innovation Culture, innovation system

Four ways service firms can innovate

Posted by Corie Roudebush Spialek on Jan 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

This post was written by Ryan Caliguri and is reprinted with permission from InVision Edge:

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Topics: innovation, innovation system

How Many People Should Be Responding To My Research Surveys?

Posted by Greg Lemmon on Nov 5, 2015 10:02:20 AM

When leading innovation, you’ll want to have a system for doing research. Research doesn’t have to be in the form of surveying customers, but asking a potential customer if they’d purchase a new offering is typically done at some point in the innovation process.

The question we get asked quite frequently is how many customers do I need to survey. My answer is that it depends.

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Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation, innovation system, Consumer Research

Why Law and Accounting Firms Struggle to Innovate

Posted by Corie Roudebush Spialek on Oct 15, 2015 10:00:00 AM

This week's post is reprinted with permission from our friend,  Ryan Caligiuri at InVision Edge:

For almost a decade, I worked with professional service firms developing sales, marketing and account management strategies that would help them grow. One thing I had a tough time wrapping my head around was why so few firms were open to innovation.

Why is it that professional service firms, especially accounting and law firms, find it so difficult to embrace innovation in order to build a stronger future?

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Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation, innovation system, Patents

Structure and Innovation

Posted by Corie Roudebush Spialek on Oct 13, 2015 10:00:00 AM

I was idea mining for ideas on what to write for today's post and I came across a post from Kanella Aliferis entitled, The 3 Tactics Used to Innovate and Really Stand Out.   

Kanella talks about looking at things from another angle and also, investing in technology, but what stood out to me was how she talked about structure.

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Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation, innovation system

Welcome to the first blog from the Eureka! Ranch and Innovation Engineering Institute team.  Here you will find a diverse group of innovators dedicated to changing the world by transforming innovation from a random gamble to a reliable system that delivers increased innovation speed and decreased risk.


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