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Innovation Insights from across the Net

Welcome to The Q-Review – Qmarkets’ recap of some of the best innovation insights on the web! In this space we plan to bring you the most interesting powerful and helpful ideas from the world of innovation, searching the net to bring you the latest and greatest stories in innovation as well as our recent blog posts, highlighting innovation uses in the real world.

Lufthansa Technik Saves 40 Million Annually by Using Idea Management System

Qmarkets would like to congratulate Lufthansa Technik on generating 2000 ideas within the first year of using a digital idea management solution, and generating millions in savings for the entire Lufthansa Group. Qmarkets is proud to be Lufthansa’s Innovation partner of choice, and as we enter the third year of our relationship, we look forward to building on this foundation and to many more successful years together.

Read the Lufthansa press release to learn how they are taking advantage of an idea and innovation management system to promote ideas company-wide and save Lufthansa millions each year! 

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How to Navigate the Politics of an Innovation Project

You would think that innovation is something that everyone in the company would strive for, until you encounter the first barrier put up by one of your colleagues or...

You would think that innovation is something that everyone in the company would strive for, until you encounter the first barrier put up by one of your colleagues or coworkers. Regardless of the reason, internal politics play an important part in getting innovation off the ground. This interesting article from the Harvard Business Review gives a quick guide in how to get your innovation project up and running. 

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Open Innovation: The Cooperathon Approach

Open innovation. Hackathons. Collaboration. All innovation buzzwords, and all important. One company, however, decided to combine all three into an overall concept, the Cooperathon. In essence, it's a hackathon...

Open innovation. Hackathons. Collaboration. All innovation buzzwords, and all important. One company, however, decided to combine all three into an overall concept, the Cooperathon. In essence, it's a hackathon on steroids, but in reality, it's so much more than that, proving that by listening to your employees, your customers, involving experts and external stakeholders, you can reach innovative success. 

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How Attention From Top Managers Impacts Innovation

Innovation often comes from an external source. In many cases, global enterprises will purchase an innovative company and bring them into the fold. In other cases, companies will partner...

Innovation often comes from an external source. In many cases, global enterprises will purchase an innovative company and bring them into the fold. In other cases, companies will partner with innovative companies, or just license their product. Intuitively we would think that of the last two, partnering with an external innovative company will by far create the better results, but is that really true? This article examines the two types of external innovation models, and reaches the conclusion that far more important than the type of model used, is that the leadership in the company doing the innovating is the real difference maker when it comes to actual results - strong leadership can make or break the innovation program. 

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The Coming Wave of Digital Disruption

Digital disruption is one of the hottest things occupying the thoughts of executives all over the globe, and every innovation expert worth their salt is spreading the word. However,...

Digital disruption is one of the hottest things occupying the thoughts of executives all over the globe, and every innovation expert worth their salt is spreading the word. However, as Canadian rock band Bachman–Turner Overdrive once said "You ain't seen nothing yet!" It turns out that in the past 15 years, company value in 36 of the top 39 business sectors has only shifted by 6%. We've only just begin to witness the beginning of the snowball effect, with much more yet to come. Is your company ready to act?

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Google X and the Science of Radical Creativity

If a person were asked to name the most innovative company in the world, chances are their immediate, instinctive answer would be Google, followed by Apple. These companies have...

If a person were asked to name the most innovative company in the world, chances are their immediate, instinctive answer would be Google, followed by Apple. These companies have made global-scale innovation look easy. Now, we dive down to take a close look at X, Google's innovation factory, where thinking outside the box is considered the norm, and thinking outside the realm of possibility is not only encouraged, it's the only way you can get through the door.

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4 Ways Leaders Can Get More from Their Company’s Innovation Efforts

Innovation is not linear, it frequently takes the form of an S-curve, advancing slowly until exponentially exploding. Because of its unique shape, many companies have a hard time managing...

Innovation is not linear, it frequently takes the form of an S-curve, advancing slowly until exponentially exploding. Because of its unique shape, many companies have a hard time managing their innovation, treating it in the same linear style they do their normal operations. This interesting article provides four tips to differentiate between the two and set your innovation program on its own successful path. 

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Design Thinking 2.0 – Turbo charge how you innovate

While corporate innovation can be expressed or practiced in a myriad of different ways, it seems that a particular method, Design Thinking 2.0, has taken the innovation world by...

While corporate innovation can be expressed or practiced in a myriad of different ways, it seems that a particular method, Design Thinking 2.0, has taken the innovation world by storm. This interesting, in-depth article provides a fundamental look at Design Thinking 2.0: the process, how it ties into the world of corporate innovation, and the human touch which seems to be missing from many other corporate innovation programs.

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Failure in Innovation, what does it really teach you?

Failure is a crucial part of innovation, some would even argue that failure is even more important than success. However, failure for failure's sake doesn't do anyone any good,...

Failure is a crucial part of innovation, some would even argue that failure is even more important than success. However, failure for failure's sake doesn't do anyone any good, and will just lead to an environment of mediocrity at your organization. Failure, just like success, needs to be channeled, funneled into the relevant areas, where failure will help advance you to your goal of successful innovation. 

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Lean Decision Quality: which skills to improve to be innovative?

"Be Innovative!" All you need to do is come up with the next great idea. No biggie, right? The core of innovation, and being innovative, is hiring someone with...

"Be Innovative!" All you need to do is come up with the next great idea. No biggie, right? The core of innovation, and being innovative, is hiring someone with the skills to be innovative. This is why for your company to truly be innovative, change needs to begin in the HR department. From creating inter-departmental communication lines to hiring people with the right skill set to be innovative, having your HR department on board is one of the key factors to successful innovation.

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The Disruption That’s Putting Bikeshare Into a Higher Gear

Bikesharing is something that has begun to spread to large cities all over the globe - New York, London, Paris, even Tel Aviv. The scheme is simple, and is...

Bikesharing is something that has begun to spread to large cities all over the globe - New York, London, Paris, even Tel Aviv. The scheme is simple, and is growing, the definition of successful innovation. Now, companies are beginning to deploy their disruptive innovation, bikesharing programs without the familiar docks. This article provides four case studies, cities in the US and how they are dealing with the new dockless bikesharing programs that are disrupting their innovation markets. An excellent piece of real-world research!

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From Our Blog

How to turn a Multinational Automotive-Finance Company into an Innovation Powerhouse

With over 3,100 employees across 36 companies, RCI Bank and Services is a multinational finance company which is focused on delivering innovative services to customers of the Renault and...
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How RTE, Europe’s Biggest Transmission System Operator Implemented a Collaborative Innovation Lab

RTE is an energy and utility provider, France’s electricity transmission system operator, responsible for the operation, maintenance and development of the French high-voltage transmission system. Approximately 100,000 km long, the system is...
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How Qmarkets Partnered with NHS to Create the Most Sophisticated Healthcare Innovation Exchange Platform in the UK

Tammy Holmes, Innovation and Adoption Programme Manager for the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN), talks about the changes in the healthcare industry in England, the challenges in...
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Innovation Inspiration – Driving Sustainability at Ford, ESB, and Solvay

Whether it’s air pollution, water pollution, or even climate change, the major sustainability issues facing the world and its citizens are topics that every business should feel a sense...
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Qmarkets & Amer Sports – An Innovative Partnership that Created Unprecedented Employee Engagement

From mobile innovation solutions to analog internal marketing, gamification, and employee meeting spaces, read our case study to learn all about Amer Sports’ approach to innovation today.   Who...
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