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15 Examples of Open Innovation between Big Companies and Startups

Open innovation is a strategic game for big companies and one of the most important moves to consider for their innovation leaders is the allocation of focus and resources in the context of open innovation.

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FREE Books, Papers and Insights on Open Innovation and Innovation Culture

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FREE Books, Papers and Insights on Open Innovation, Corporate Innovation and the People Side of Innovation

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Treat Sales with the Respect It Deserves!

by Stefan Lindegaard
September 21, 20159/21/15 6 Comments

“Sales is not an after-thought, it is critical. I see startups that have spent six months developing a product trying to develop a sales strategy in a few hours. Treat sales with the respect it deserves.”

This is the first rule on sales for startups given by Neal Cross, Chief Innovation Officer at DBS in a recent post. This is must read for everyone working with innovation and entrepreneurship as sales is something that happens all the time.…

Work Culture Beats Innovation Culture: Inspiration from Google

by Stefan Lindegaard
September 9, 20159/9/15 4 Comments

Not so long ago, I put up some warnings on the approaches we often see on “innovation culture” and how companies and their executives, managers and employees try to build this highly desired “innovation culture”.

As you can read in this post, The Perfect Storm: Why Big Companies Get Better at Innovation, I argue that you can’t really develop a culture of innovation when you struggle to define what innovation means to your company and that you can’t really copy the initiatives of Google, Apple or 3M as they have developed their own unique cultures.…

Innovation is More Than Products and Technology!

by Stefan Lindegaard
September 8, 20159/8/15 No Comments

Do you still know of people who equates innovation with R&D, products and technologies? Not you – of course, but someone you know. If so, you should let them check out these facts from Vestas, one of the global leaders within wind energy, on their service business.

– Global Service was established as a stand-alone business unit in 2014. It now accounts for more than 1bn EUR annually and thus approx. 15% of the total annual revenues.…

Why Social Media Is a Key Element for the LEGO Success

by Stefan Lindegaard
September 6, 20159/6/15 15 Comments

I just read an interesting article in Jyllands-Posten, a Danish daily, on how LEGO requires that every employee who is representing the company through social media take a “social media driving license” – even on the executive level.

One of the key reasons for this initiative also explains much of the success for LEGO. The company prides itself for a very high level of communication, internally as well as externally, and at the core of this, they have “the LEGO way”.…

The McWhopper: A Lesson on Disruption

by Stefan Lindegaard
August 27, 20158/27/15 No Comments

I chuckled when Burger King proposed the McWhopper. This was a great PR stunt and I shared this on LinkedIn.

Ken Foster had a different opinion and I can definitely follow him on his views (but I still think it was a great PR stunt). Ken´s comment:

“My apologies to you who are fans or employees of these two companies but this seems to be a completely ridiculous stunt. Both of these companies have some incredible challenges going forward so why would they waste efforts on a PR stunt.…

Join Innovation Upgrade: A Training Program by Stefan Lindegaard

by Stefan Lindegaard
August 27, 20158/27/15 22 Comments

Do you and your colleagues want to stay ahead of the curve and get the latest insights on innovation management? Do you want to expand your mindset, skills and toolbox on innovation? Do you want to get ready for the future of innovation?

Then, you should join Innovation Upgrade, a training program that gives you insights and inspiration on topics such as:

• open innovation and how this works for large companies, SME´s and startups • the future of corporate innovation (lots of change on the way) • the talent for innovation (the skills and mindset you need to be successful with innovation)

The topics will be addressed through webinars and virtual Q&A sessions.…

The Perfect Storm: Why Big Companies Get Better at Innovation

by Stefan Lindegaard
August 18, 20158/18/15 11 Comments

I had an interesting discussion recently in which I heard arguments why big companies are not good at innovation and why this will not change in the future, which belongs to the more nimble and adaptive startups.

I fully understand why many people do not believe in the innovation capabilities of big companies today and in the future, but I have faith in them. Things will change and we will see that big companies will improve significantly on their innovation efforts in the next 3-7 years.…

4 Lenses of Innovation: A Great Tool for Creativity and Innovation

by Stefan Lindegaard
August 13, 20158/13/15 10 Comments

I am a big fan of Rowan Gibson and his work on the 4 lenses of innovation. Not so long ago, Rowan published a book on his work and this is something you should definitely check out.

Rowan states that if we unpack hundreds of cases of successful innovation, it turns out that there is a common signature to all of these big ideas. Time and again, visionary inventors and entrepreneurs came to their insights and discoveries not by sitting there waiting for a Eureka moment but by looking at the world from particular perspectives.…

Stop Doing Stupid Things: The Innovation Challenge for All Companies

by Stefan Lindegaard
August 11, 20158/11/15 6 Comments

There are lots of innovation challenges out there as there are lots of problems to be solved and lots of new ideas and input to be taken in.

One of the key issues with innovation challenges is to develop the right questions and challenges to ask to the right audience.

Today, I heard of a great theme for a challenge. It was so simple and yet so relevant that many other companies should do it. The theme was:

What are the stupid things that we should stop doing?…

How Companies Must Learn, Unlearn and Relearn

by Stefan Lindegaard
July 16, 20157/16/15 5 Comments

Not so long ago, I read this great quote by Alvin Toffler.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”

What if we put this into the context of corporate functions and the rise of collaboration and the shared economy?

Production / supply chain: Companies learned to make their products and services by themselves; then they unlearned part of this in order to become even better through outsourcing and supply chain systems.…

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