Innovation QI

Want to Dominate the Competition? Then Create Your Evil Twin.

“Train like your stronger, fitter, faster evil twin is trying to kill you.” – popular CrossFit saying Companies settle into what Jeff Bezos calls ‘Day 2’ all too naturally. It takes effort, often superhuman effort, to remain in ‘Day 1’ – that time when you were the start-up underdog that […]

Internal Innovation Networks: Why You Need Them Now More Than Ever

“This new mode of organization—a “network of teams” with a high degree of empowerment, strong communication, and rapid information flow—is now sweeping businesses and governments around the world.” – Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Ret.) Innovation Networks are no longer optional for large companies. Today’s VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) requires […]

You ARE Being Digitally Disrupted – Now What?

There is no reason and no way that a human mind can keep up with an artificial intelligence machine by 2035. – Gray Scott, Futurist & Techno-philosopher In 10-15 years time, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be helping to run your company. An AI could be “sitting” on your board […]

Building Your Innovation Team: Jobs, Roles and Proficiencies

A large, global company was reconstituting its corporate innovation team after a period of massive and intense reorganization involving all aspects of the business. The key innovation stakeholders were given what was essentially a blank sheet upon which to design and build a corporate innovation system that would drive transformational […]

The State of Innovation 2016 – 2017

It’s the time of year for those of us of with a forecasting bent to opine on the state of innovation practice and what’s to come in 2017. We don’t claim to have perfect insight, but our reading and research, our participation in multiple innovation conferences, and our work with […]

Breaking Through: A Mindset for Business Transformation

What do you do if you are a business leader who needs to drive significant growth in your business but realizes that sticking close to your core, despite its current success, is not going to be sufficient? How do you break the bonds of company orthodoxy that are, quite frankly, […]

Developing New Eyes: Discovering Opportunities in a Well-trodden Domain

This tale represents a composite account of several real client project experiences Inovo has had over the past three years. This tale is told in the first person to share the experience that we’ve seen many times, through our clients’ eyes. If you see yourself in this situation, then know that […]

Insights from the Yearly Strategic Innovation Conference

At the 6th annual Strategic Innovation Summit on September 19-20, twenty individuals came together to collaborate on identifying and solving the most pressing innovation issues their companies face. Here is a glimpse of what happened at this year’s summit. Culture What are the unwritten rules that inhibit innovation in your […]

Creating an Innovation System: The Intersection of Strategy, R&D and Business Development

A major US company is currently in the process of getting rid of their large corporate R&D group. They are moving all of the scientists and engineers into the Business Units. Over 50 years of R&D tradition is being disrupted. What could go wrong? Looking closer at the rationale for […]

When it Comes to Innovation Strategy, We’re All Below Average

With apologies to Garrison Keillor and Lake Wobegon where ‘all the children are above average’, when it comes to innovation strategy, it’s safe to say ‘we are all below average’. An explanation is in order. A survey of innovation experts (leaders and team members of innovation groups) at 55 large […]