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It's not how many ideas you have, it's how many you make happen

First sight of my book

First sight of my book, co-authored by my good friends Bassam Alkarashi and Patrick Roupin. Looks great.

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Quirky.com is back!

Quirky.com was launched in 2009 with a mission to make invention accessible to everyone. You could share your ideas with a community of over a million people and get involved in bringing the best ideas to market. They started hundreds of thousands of idea projects through the community, launched hundreds of products and paid over […]

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Now this is an idea. China aims to rate its 1.3 billion residents

The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020. The aim? To judge the trustworthiness – or otherwise – of its 1.3 billion residents They are calling it a Social Credit System. They will seemingly do this by monitoring and evaluating your daily activities; what you buy at the shops and online; […]

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Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

This is new research from Harvard Business Review is worth a read. They analysed millions of employees of users of an innovation management platform called Spigit. If you only have 60 seconds, here are the take-aways; Scale – more participants. To succeed, an innovation program needs lots of participants. It’s the wisdom of the crowd: […]

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The reluctant innovator

I was working on a project recently and helping out with a roadshow at one of their sites. They were actively looking for ideas from employees. One chap came up to me and promptly told me his idea. Of course I said, “great idea, put it in the system” to which he replied, “nah, you […]

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Is asking staff for ideas always a good idea. Radio show interview

In case anyone wants to listen to me on Engage for Success radio talking about whether Staff Suggestion Scheme really are a good idea.   http://www.blogtalkradio.com/engage-for-success/2017/03/06/show-197-is-asking-staff-for-ideas-really-a-good-idea

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What can we learn from education to make ideation workshops more productive?

We’ve probably all been in the situation where someone has caught us off-guard and asked, “any ideas”? For as confident that we might be that we ought to be able to come up with ideas, they’ve caught us off-guard, we feel totally un-prepared and our mind goes blank. The next time you run an ideation session, […]

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Why we kill our own ideas

Human beings are idea machines. All us have ideas all the time. Most of us don’t notice because we kill those ideas as soon as we have them. We’re all guilty of this. In writing down and sharing my ideas on this blog I’m pretty unique – odd some might say, but despite the fact […]

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So True. The Emotional journey of creating something new

This is so true. I wish I could find the source, but I can’t.

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Fighting Commoditisation with Innovation

The global nature of commerce is such that all products and services are liable to commoditisation – the process of products becoming simpler, more ubiquitous and lower cost. If you are in the business of disrupting a marketplace, commoditisation is great, otherwise, it’s very much the enemy. Generally speaking the more commoditised a product, the […]

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Searching for ideas? Here’s where to start

Do you find that sometimes ideas seem to flow really easily, and other times it seems impossible to come up with ideas? I often get asked “how do you come up with ideas”? The first thing that you can do is…. stop trying to come up with ideas… It’s counter-intuitive I know, but stick with me. Ideas […]

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Bike manufacturer sees huge reduction in delivery damage by printing TV on the box

Now this IS a good idea. Dutch bike manufacturer Vanmoof sells bikes online so most of their customers receive their bikes via a courier. They were irritated by the number of damages caused in delivery. For some reason the couriers seemed to drop or damage their consignments. “No matter who was doing the shipping, too […]

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Damn. Someone beat us to it. We should stop, right?

So you’ve had a great idea, and you start work on it only to find something’s already out there – someone beat you to it. You should stop, right? Wrong.  We’d love to think all of our ideas are unique, right? And when we find they aren’t, we’re naturally deflated. But don’t stop. Remember; Apple […]

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Obsess in the problem your idea solves rather than the technology that solves it

I see and hear about new ideas all the time – partly because it’s my business, but partly because I’m a naturally inquisitive person. It’s not hard to find cool new ideas, but….the acid test is, “would I use it” and indeed, would I use it more than once or twice, would it become a habit – would […]

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Those clever Innovators from IKEA are at it again

One of the Innovation Tools I teach is SUBTRACTION – you take a process or value stream and subtract one thing at the time and then ask “if we subtract this, how will we still make money / satisfy our customers? A good example of this is as a warm-up exercise is a restaurant. You […]

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The Life-cycle of Ideas

To innovate, we need to pursue our ideas and turn them into reality. Most of your ideas won’t get that far. Here is the life-cycle of ideas.

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The Madness of Crowds

[ezcol_1half]Yes, it’s official: standing on a busy escalator IS faster than walking! If you have ever used the London Tube you will have figured out the convention: you stand on the right to allow people that want to walk up the escalator to do so on the left. Seems sensible? Why then did Transport for […]

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Crowd-sourcing doesn’t always work….

When the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) here in the UK opened up suggestions to name their new £200 million ship to the Public, little could they have predicted what the frontrunner would be. Steaming ahead of its rivals, RRS Boaty McBoatface outstripped the likes of Endeavour, Henry Worsley, David Attenborough, Falcon and many more […]

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Could you really be too old to have a brilliant idea?

If you are a regular reader of this blog you’ll know my answer, but take a listen. Click Here

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Brilliant Article from HBR

Here’s a brilliant article from HBR – “Your idea is worthless unless you know how to sell it”. Click here to read it in full.

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