The Value of Facilitation

Posted by ExperiencePoint on May 29, 2017 9:37:46 AM

Facilitation guru Michael Wilkinson once said: “You can achieve more effective results when solutions are created, understood and accepted by the people impacted.”

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Topics: Facilitators, Article

Charting Your Journey to Innovator: Where Do We Go From Here?

Posted by ExperiencePoint on Apr 24, 2017 10:30:00 AM

(7 min read)

More organizations than ever are embarking on the journey to build innovation capability as a way to improve agility in the face of market disruption. But many of these initiatives will hit roadblocks, veer off course or run out of gas along the way.

Just what is it that separates the successful journey from the bumpy ride?

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Topics: Innovation, Change, Article

5 Ways to Get Started with DIY Innovation

Posted by ExperiencePoint on Jan 16, 2017 11:03:00 AM

(4 min read)

Recently, we talked about the fact that our greatest innovators might actually be right under our noses. In fact, the people who are closest to the problem, living and dealing with it every day, are often the ones who are best suited to solving it. They understand it like no one else.

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Topics: IDEO, Innovation, diy, Article

How to Build Commitment to a Culture of Innovation

Posted by ExperiencePoint on Nov 7, 2016 11:03:00 AM

(4 min read)

You’ve heeded the rallying cry to create a new culture of innovation. You’ve established the foundation for this new culture by cultivating new mindsets and creating the conditions to support the new behaviors. So why haven’t those new behaviors and actions become part of the organizational DNA?

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Topics: Innovation, culture, Article

Are Your Most Valuable Innovators Hiding in Plain Sight?

Posted by ExperiencePoint on Jun 9, 2016 3:17:11 PM

(5 min read)

A number of months ago, IDEO announced that it had joined kyu collective, a creative collective of partner companies working together to come up with solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. While the intentions are grand, the concept is fairly simple: bring together organizations with complementary creative skills and missions, give them the tools to collaborate, invent, make, prototype and design, and it’s not only possible but likely that they’ll do great things.

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Topics: Innovation, Article

What Does It Really Mean to Create a Culture of Innovation?

Posted by ExperiencePoint on May 4, 2016 1:47:52 PM

"We need to create a culture of innovation."  

(4 min read)

So begins a familiar conversation in boardrooms across the world. The reasons for wanting innovation (game-changing products, services and processes) are well understood. But why "culture"?  

Here’s how Tony Bond, EVP and Chief Innovation Officer at Great Place to Work®, answers that question in his work:

Why focus on culture? Workplace culture, intentionally or unintentionally, affects how your employees and your customers experience the business and the brand.

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Topics: Change Management, Innovation, Change, Design Thinking, Article

4 Ways Design Thinking Can Be a Powerful Tool for Change

Posted by ExperiencePoint on Feb 22, 2016 7:00:00 AM

(4 min read)

As we discussed in our previous post, a common challenge organizations face with their innovation initiatives is getting the idea out in the world. Executives put out the mandate:

We need to be more innovative. We want great ideas. Innovation needs to be part of our core principles and everyday practice.

But even when great solutions are introduced to the organization, many remain best-kept secrets, failing to ever reach scale. More often than not, the problem is that the stakeholders who will make or break the idea’s execution aren’t ready, willing and able to support its success. They haven’t bought in to the change.

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Topics: Change Management, Innovation, Change, Design Thinking, Article

Are Your Innovative Solutions Gathering Dust?

Posted by ExperiencePoint on Jan 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM

(3 min read)

A company senses changes ahead in its market, changes that could rock its very foundation. Against this turning tide, it assembles an enthusiastic, talented team and gives them a mission: go create the future.

And that’s what the team does. It challenges convention. It tries out new ideas. It develops concepts and components that look nothing like the status quo. It’s a radical leap forward.

And they can’t seem to get management to care. The executives’ implicit question: How can this be our future when it’s not even part of our bread-and-butter product line?

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Topics: Change Management, Innovation, Change, Design Thinking, Article

The Secret to Enduring Competitive Advantage: What Game Changers Know

Posted by ExperiencePoint on Jan 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

(3 min read)

“How do they do it?”

It’s a question we hear all the time. “They” might be referring to big-name innovators like Apple or Netflix, or it could be the big fish in a specific small pond—the one company that regularly blows everyone else in the industry out of the water (whether everyone else wants to admit it or not).

"They" are the companies that consistently put out offerings that tap into the desires of their audience. They’re agile in the face of relentless change and complexity. It’s like they have the magic touch, an uncanny ability to turn ideas into impact, and in the process, rewrite the rules of their industry.  

No wonder so many leaders want to unlock their secrets. 

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Topics: POV, Thought Leadership, Game Changer, Article