Author Archives: Steve

Loose Connections Stimulate Innovation

How many friends do you have? How many acquaintances and contacts? 5, 50, 150, more? Often innovation is about making unexpected connections. A diverse network of contacts increases our chances of making these connections. Your network is a great asset … Continue reading

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Innovation – Where Should You Invest?

Recently I visited a company that wanted to invest in innovation. They wanted to act, yet they were hesitating. They were thinking of innovation as the creation of totally new, game changing products that radically change the marketplace. They were … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Innovation – The 20:20:20 Rule

When I talk about innovation I usually start with an explanation of why innovation is important. To do this I use two reports, one published in 2000 by PWC, the other published in 2010 by DeBooz. Although the surveys were … Continue reading

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Tablecloths for Idea Generation

I recently organised a workshop with Sara Jones of City University, London. Sara wanted to use the Digital Shoreditch Festival as an opportunity to generate new and useful ideas on ‘How to foster a culture of collaboration between universities and … Continue reading

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Creativity is a Feeling

Have you read Making is Connecting by David Gauntlett? It’s a great book about creative collaboration and how this enhances creativity, creates a sense of community and improves individual happiness. If you are interested in creativity, collaboration and change I’d … Continue reading

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Twitter: The Amplifier and the Fishing Rod

I was speaking with the social media director of a large company recently and he described Twitter as the amplifier in the social media system. His company posts interesting content into different platforms (Facebook, Pinterest, blogs etc.) They know it will … Continue reading

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Enterprise Social Networks: Build It and They Will Come (Maybe)

Enterprise social networks (like Yammer or Jive) are great for sharing information, having conversations and developing ideas. I seen a number of businesses implement enterprise social networks. I know that some of them have been disappointed with the outcomes. They’ve … Continue reading

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