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Jesse Nieminen

Innovation culture starts from the top down

Innovation Culture – The Ultimate Guide

Innovation culture has long been one of the most challenging, and oft-discussed, topics in our conversations with business and innovation leaders. Given the extraordinary importance of innovation for businesses, and society in general, and the fact that culture has been shown to be one of the biggest barriers for innovation performance, it’s not much of a surprise. Because most …

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Why Innovation Should Be Decentralized In Every Large Organization

I recently met with a very successful company that is seen as a highly innovative global pioneer that others in their industry, which is facing many structural headwinds and inevitable changes, look up to. They understood that even though they are seen as an extremely innovative company now, their current success is actually a result …

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Here’s how you can come up with outside the box innovations

If you’ve been working in innovation for at least some time, you’re probably sick and tired of hearing people talk about “thinking outside the box”, or the need to create “outside the box innovations”. The phrase has become one of the most overused clichés out there. However, just like so many other clichés, there’s an …

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Business Model Innovation – The What, Why, and How

In the last couple of decades, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the popularity of business model innovation – and for good reason. Technology has made it easier than ever to adopt a wide variety of novel business models effectively. At the same time, increased pace of innovation and global competition has made differentiation more important than ever. …

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When tough times are ahead, double down on innovation

When tough times are ahead, you should double down on innovation

As I’m writing this, the last couple of weeks have been quite eventful around the world. There’s a lot of uncertainty and even panic regarding the coronavirus, its current and potential impact on our economy, and of course, its effects on people all around the world. As a result, we’re seeing more and more action …

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why is innovation so important for businesses?

Why Is Innovation So Important for Businesses?

Even in our line of work, we often meet people who aren’t very familiar with innovation. As such, we often get to answer the question of what exactly innovation in business is, and why businesses should care about it. Given how vaguely the term innovation is used, that is hardly surprising. Also, while we’ve seen …

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Flywheel of growth – strategic innovation framework

The Flywheel of Growth – A Strategic Innovation Framework

These days virtually everyone agrees that innovation is strategically important. For example, in an international PwC innovation survey of roughly 250 CEOs, only 3% said that innovation is not a strategic priority for them. Regardless of these results, organizations often struggle in aligning their innovation efforts with their overall strategy. On the other hand, top performing innovators always seem …

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An innovation manager

What Is an Innovation Manager – And How Do You Become a Great One?

In the last few months, I’ve had a few readers ask me how they could become an innovation manager, as well as how they could succeed in that role. So, I thought I’d give my take on what an innovation manager actually does, how to become one, and how to be good at the job. …

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innovation isn't supposed to be fun

Innovation is Not Supposed to be Fun

Gary Pisano, a Harvard Business School Professor, wrote an excellent article in HBR last year on the hard realities of what innovative company cultures actually look like, which I highly recommend every aspiring innovator to read. The bottom line? The inspiring and comfortable attributes, such as freedom, low hierarchy, and tolerance for failure that are associated with innovative company …

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