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The Power of Empathy in Innovation

by Stefan Lindegaard
September 20, 20139/20/13 1 Comment

I believe that the innovation output would be much better if we really know and care about those we innovate with. How can we become better at this? Well, you can start by asking yourself questions like these:

Why am I working with this person? What are the real reasons for us to do something together? Most often, the reasons you come up with are all about yourself. This can still bring good benefits, but you win even more when you start seeing the full picture – and both sides – of the partnership.…

Metrics and Open Innovation: What Should We Measure?

by Stefan Lindegaard
March 26, 20133/26/13 3 Comments

This is a difficult topic. There is definitely some in the adage of “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”. However, I have seen too many examples in which smart people get side-tracked on what really matters – the output – as they try to develop metrics in order to satisfy executives further up in the system.

The development of metrics for innovation in general has been a major topic for more than two decades.…

Passing the Mental Check on Innovation Challenges

by Stefan Lindegaard
October 29, 201210/29/12 3 Comments

As I mentioned in this blog post, 5 Key Elements for Making Communities Work, I gave a talk at the HYPE Innovation User Forum last year.

At the forum, I met Colin Nelson from HYPE Innovation, who gave an interesting presentation in which he shared some good insights on how to make people participate in innovation challenges.

I especially paid attention to his comments that any individual that we invite to share ideas or expertise run through a series of mental checks before they spare their time.…

Why Open Innovation is Not for Small Companies

by Stefan Lindegaard
July 30, 20127/30/12 34 Comments

This blog post was first published more than two years ago. I decided to re-post it because the topic is still relevant and because of the value in the many great comments that my fairly provocative thoughts generated. If you want to read more about open innovation between big and small companies, you should take a look at my on book on this topic: Making Open Innovation Work. It is free of charge : – )

Back to the post…

It is difficult to find good cases on how smaller companies have engaged with open innovation.…

Is Corporate Venture Dead? Is Open Innovation the New Thing?

by Stefan Lindegaard
June 11, 20126/11/12 20 Comments

NOTE: I just had another great visit in Silicon Valley and one thing I picked up this time is the surge of corporate venture like initiatives in the area. I met with several such units and I was pleased to learn that they work on a combined platform of corporate venture and open innovation activities.

This was one of my conclusion when I first published this blog post almost two years ago and my visit in Silicon Valley is why I am re-posting it.…

From Archer to Magnet: A Good Goal for Open Innovation

by Stefan Lindegaard
April 10, 20124/10/12 1 Comment

A while back, I met with Jan Bosch, a former VP of Open Innovation at Intuit. As you might already know, I am a big fan of their work on Intuit Collaboratory and especially on how they combine virtual and real life activities.

During our talk, Jan and I discussed a situation that I have seen at several companies. The situation was about how a company goes from being an “archer” in which you aim and shoot for relevant contacts to being a “magnet” in which relevant contacts come to your company.…

The Side Effects of Open Innovation

by Stefan Lindegaard
March 30, 20123/30/12 8 Comments

Open innovation will not only lead to new ways of making innovation happen. Innovation leaders and their executives will also experience side effects. I think most of these effects will be positive, but some will be mixed or perhaps even negative.

As innovation leaders and their executives implement open innovation practices, they can just as well start figuring out how to deal with side effects of open innovation such as described below.

• Open innovation is very much about managing change.…

You Always Have to Sell Innovation!

by Stefan Lindegaard
January 15, 20121/15/12 2 Comments

As an innovation leader or intrapreneur, you always have something to sell. In the end it is a product or a service, but during the development of a revenue-generator, you have to sell a vision to internal and external stakeholders.

You communicate that vision by: •   Developing a value proposition that can be adapted for various stakeholders, and then •   Capturing the very essence of the value proposition in a short and brief elevator pitch that focuses on the recipients of the message.…

7 Challenges for Corporate Innovation Units

by Stefan Lindegaard
October 31, 201110/31/11 7 Comments

What are the key challenges for corporate innovation units? Let’s have a discussion on this. Below you get my starters. Your input is highly appreciated!

Hit the window! The window of opportunity gets smaller and smaller and the time to success decreases. In short, cash cows are a dying race. Corporate innovation units need to hit smaller windows more often in order to create strong return on investments.

Organize for fast pace, fast change! This builds further on the above.…

FREE BOOK: Making Open Innovation Work

by Stefan Lindegaard
October 28, 201110/28/11 27 Comments

“Big and small companies—you need to open up!” This is the key message in my new book, Making Open Innovation Work, which is available on Amazon.com.

Yes, I might make a few bucks on the book if you buy it, but since the key reason for writing this book was to increase the awareness of open innovation, I will give it to you free of charge. I even encourage you to share the book with your network.…

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