Innovation Pond

By Jill Ellul | Stimulus and inspiration. Curated content with a focus on leadership & innovation.

Steal These 5 Exercises From Innovation Consultants to Come up With More Creative Ideas

Think like an innovation consultant to come up with your best new product, service and marketing ideas.<p>Getting a job as an innovation consultant requires equal measures of creative thinking and strategic rigor. And while the scope of the role encompasses everything from redesigning a stage gate …

Creativity

Frogoff – Stay focused and friendly in shared offices – DrugStars – #GivingByTaking

FrogOff is a humorous way to show your colleagues that you need to stay focused. Perfect for all of us working in shared offices.<p>Given to you by the …

Startups

It Isn't Failure, It's Data: Dorie Clark On Failing Without Blame Or Fear

(Photo courtesy of Dorie Clarke)<p>Listen to the full episode here:<p>Strategy and leadership expert Dorie Clark is no stranger to career transformation—before starting her own business, she studied theology, worked as a journalist and a presidential campaign spokesperson, and led a small non-profit.<p>When …

Entrepreneurship

Announcing The 2017 World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies

Amazon, Snap, Chobani, and others are changing the way we shop, eat, play, work, and live in 2017.<p>This year marks the 10th edition of our World’s Most Innovative Companies ranking. Our reporting team sifts through thousands of enterprises each year, searching for those that tap both heartstrings …

Innovation

Can Hackathons Give Big Banks The Fintech Edge?

Banks and startups are coming together in nontraditional ways to develop better products faster.<p>Banks and other financial institutions are taking on some surprising partners in an effort to keep pace with innovation.<p>Accelerators, hackathons, venture capital and private equity firms, and even …

FinTech

AXA partners with startups to develop disruptive business models

How to Create an Innovation Mission Statement

So why Create an Innovation Mission Statement? Before we get to the ‘how’, let me briefly discuss the ‘why’.<p>Your initial reaction might be something …

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5 Strategies Big Businesses Use To Build A Culture of Innovation

<i>This post was co-written with my colleague David Farber:</i><p>As over-used as the word “innovation” may be these days, there is no denying that building a culture of innovation is at the top of most corporate agendas. After all, a company’s own employees are uniquely positioned to understand the …

Innovation

Neuroleadership Lessons: The Science Behind Creative Problem Solving and Making Better Decisions

In today’s hyper fast-paced business world, it is common to experience an ongoing influx of information needing to be reviewed and processed as well …

Creativity

This smart mouth guard can predict an athlete's risk of concussion

A "smart" mouth guard could show an athlete's risk of a concussion "immediately after a nasty hit," said Dean Takahashi at <i>Venture</i> <i>Beat​</i>. The mouth …

Health

Janssen Leads on Patient-Centric Innovation

Janssen Healthcare Innovation, an entrepreneurial group within Janssen, the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, triumphed at last year's …

The Art of Innovation: How to Become a "Partner of Choice"

There was a time when pharma did everything in-house, particularly R&D. These days outsourcing is well established and collaboration amongst …

Innovation requires new approaches to feedback and failure

"Organizational culture" is something plenty of people are puzzling over today, and with good reason. More and more leaders are realizing that the …

Innovation

Fostering A Culture Of Innovation

Ten Tips for Creating a Culture of Innovation

Recently it seems that innovation is a buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Need happier employees? Innovate! Need bigger profits? Innovate! …

Innovation

Innovation Is Not About Digital, It's About Culture

AFP Ina Fassbender Getty Images<p>Companies can outsource innovation. They can launch accelerators, incubators and hackathons. They can even invest in startups with options to own the company down the road. They might even form commercial partnerships which blend their products with those of newer, …

Innovation

Small Ways to Embrace Disruptive Innovation

Most companies recognize the threats that "disruption" poses to their business. But few see the opportunities in disruptive innovation, much less set …

The Science of Innovation: How to Imagine the Unimaginable

Why can certain companies see things that others can't, and what gives them the fortitude to invest in the seemingly impossible? Here are three brain-based strategies.<p>Time and again, Tesla continues to prove it’s a company that dares to imagine the unimaginable. From electric cars to autonomous …

Redirecting

Looking for a TEDx Talk? Find it on the TEDx YouTube Channel!<p>You are being re-directed<p>Why the re-direct?<p>We are in the process of re-thinking the way …

TED Talks

Education & Business Have The Same Problems (And The Same Fix)

As much as we don't want to believe it, the same challenges exist in every industry and there's one easy way to fix all of them in one fell swoop. …

Management

20 Innovative Ways Companies Are Using Virtual Reality

Virtual reality might be the new reality for concerts, home renovation, roller coasters, and commercial real estate.<p>Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Magic Leap, Google Daydream View, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR have created immense buzz about the potential of Virtual Reality (VR). VR has been met …

Creativity and Innovation

These are Google’s 4 best practices for fostering creativity and innovation

“How many golf balls could you fit in a school bus?” This is the kind of question Google and its big tech brethren were once known for asking would-be employees. The reasoning behind the technique seemed intuitive. Ask people odd questions, see how original and well analyzed their thought process …

Creativity

What the Research Tells Us About Team Creativity and Innovation

<i>courtesy of NASA/ESA</i><p>There are areas in the research on teams where the findings are all very clear, as are the prescriptions for leaders. Creativity and innovation are not among them. We know how some factors affect creativity and innovation, but we’re only just beginning to understand some of the …

Management

3 Myths That Are Killing Your Creativity

Not creative? The problem isn't your lack of ability; it's the myths you believe about innovation.<p>If you're not as creative as you'd like to be, you might tell yourself that you lack a certain something -- an inborn instinct for creativity, a natural talent for fresh ideas, the personality needed …

Creativity

Buddy Up, Big Guy: Why Getting Big Companies to Collaborate With Small Creative Innovators Will Benefit Everyone

This week, the media has been awash with stories of Apple's economic woes, despite its position as one of the world's most successful, creative companies.<p>What the latest development in the Apple story demonstrates is that, no matter what incredible feats of success a business achieves, there can be …

The Innovator's Storybook: Creativity and the Well-Told Tale

There are six irresistible words at the start of all major innovations: let me tell you a story. Behind every great change is a well-told tale -- a compelling narrative that pulls you into its world but also teaches you something new about our own world. The best stories are both seductive <i>and</i> …

Storytelling

The Creative Workplace explores the spaces where bright ideas grow

When it came to the ideal creative workplace, we previously imagined a happy communion of the personal and the professional that challenged, ignited and engaged our curiosity (see W*173). Kindling a radical type of office design, Silicon Valley’s freethinkers have conjured veritable Wonderlands of …

Creative