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Innovation in the Time of Coronavirus: How to Innovate Effectively During a Crisis
Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining There is an old Chinese proverb that says, “Crisis is an opportunity riding on a dangerous wind”. During these days of global unrest – with news about the coronavirus and its severity changing daily – businesses across all sectors should keep the message of this proverb in mind. Although we are inevitably seeing the cancellation of business gatherings and events, along with increasingly severe “social distancing” restrictions concerning movement and the sharing of public spaces, this doesn’t mean that innovation at your company needs to be stifled. Ironically, the same behaviours that fertilize ideas

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What is Crowdsourcing, and How Can it Add Value to Your Enterprise?
Since the 2004 publication of James Surowiecki’s highly influential book, The Wisdom of Crowds, the idea that large groups of people can be smarter than a few individuals, no matter how brilliant, has been gradually gaining prominence in academic circles, business communities, and public opinion. Crowdsourcing...
5 Corporate Innovation Tools and Tactics: How to Choose the Best Option for Your Company
Looking to inject ideation into your company’s innovation process, but not sure where to start? This is the blog you’ve been searching for… As French author Victor Hugo famously wrote, “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” These words ring...
Why Innovation Management is Important for Your Company – 3 Strategic Reasons
“Innovate or stagnate.” It’s a stark choice that businesses across all sectors must confront daily. Although many decision makers at large companies recognize the importance of innovation, most fail to implement it in a strategic, consistent, and effective way. A recent study by McKinsey & Company found that 84% of executives agreed innovation was important for their growth strategy, but only 6% said they were satisfied with innovation performance. In this article, we’ll explore why innovation management is important for any company looking to remain competitive on the corporate landscape.  In a nutshell, innovation management can be defined as...
Innovate, Adapt, Overcome: How to Beat a Recession with Idea Management & Continuous Improvement
In the precarious economic climate, a global recession is an ever-present danger. However, by developing an innovation strategy that anticipates a downturn, you can help your enterprise weather the storm and even uncover lucrative ways to gain a competitive edge. Read on to discover...
Eliminating Uncertainty: How to Manage Innovation Risk in 3 Easy Steps
Herman Kahn – futurist, author, and inspiration for Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr Strangelove” – once described risk taking as “the essence of innovation”. It’s a fair assessment. Afterall, innovation often means abandoning an old, well-established practice in favour of something potentially greater, but less predictable....
What is Total Innovation Management? Achieving Excellence from Idea Generation to Implementation
To maximize the ROI of your innovation initiatives, it’s vital to gain input from as many sources as possible and ensure all departments take part in a culture of ideation. In this article, we explore the concept of Total Innovation Management (TIM) and how...
Building the Hype: 4 Communication Best Practices for Innovation Management
The great Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, “the single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Too often, leaders in the corporate sphere assume that once a new project – such as the implementation of an innovation...
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Game Changers: How Citizen Science and Gamification Are Transforming the Business World
The acclaimed educational reformer John Dewey once said, “every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination”. Today, this audacity is reflected in the rising influence of citizen driven innovation and science – that is, the collaboration of volunteer non-scientists with professional scientists in collecting data and analyzing it to resolve real-world issues. The citizen science movement is growing rapidly on a global scale, synergizing professionals from diverse scientific fields and volunteers from around the world. As the general public’s interest in science continues to increase, professional scientists and researchers develop innovative tools to effectively...
Adding Eye Candy: 4 Visual Best Practices to Boost Engagement on Your Idea Generation Platform
The great Israeli artist Yaacov Agam once said “while the verbal can separate, the visual is understood by everyone.” The same principle holds true when it comes to boosting user engagement on your idea generation platform. Implementing sleek, eye-catching visuals wherever possible will help...
The Innovation Hotline: How Colruyt Group is Championing Intrapreneurship with Collaborative Idea Generation
Often times, the most successful and innovative companies stem from the humblest of origins. Colruyt Group is a great case in point. Its rapid expansion from a small, family-run wholesale goods business in 1928 into a multinational conglomerate with 30,000 employees, can be attributed...

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