About Stefan Lindegaard / Services

I am a Copenhagen-based author, speaker and strategic advisor who focuses on the topics of open innovation, innovation culture/management and the people side of innovation (the mindset, skills and toolbox needed for innovation today).  I believe innovation requires an open and global perspective and I have given talks and worked with companies in the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America.

Besides sharing insights on my blog, I have written 5 books:

• Innovation Insights and Exercises by @Lindegaard – a workbook
• Social Media for Corporate Innovators and Entrepreneurs: Add Power to Your Innovation Efforts
• Making Open Innovation Work
• The Open Innovation Revolution
• Næste Stop: Åben Innovation (Danish)

You might read my books, blog or tweets and wonder how I can help your company on open innovation, social media and intrapreneurship issues. Here you get an overview.

Talks/sessions: As a speaker or session facilitator, I really like to interact with my audience. I prepare to be able to establish a connection that leads to a good two-way discussion that makes it easier for the audience to relate my ideas and insights to their own issues.

I am open to tailoring a talk, session or training program to your needs. My main topics are open innovation, the intersection of open innovation and social media, innovation management, intrapreneurship and the people perspective of innovation.

You can see me in action and find some of my presentation decks here: An Open Innovation Talk by Stefan Lindegaard (Video)

You can also find an overview of the topics for my recent talks and workshop below.

Consulting: As a strategic advisor, I provide corporate innovation units with an external view on the opportunities, challenges and initiatives that are related to further develop their corporate innovation capabilities.

Connecting: I help corporate innovation units connect with other units and thought-leaders within the innovation community and facilitate sharing of insights and experiences. This takes place in one-to-one situations as well as in Corporate Mind Exchange events organized by 15inno.

Promoting: I help companies become the preferred partner of choice within current and future innovation ecosystems and to become an admired innovation leader across all industries. If your foundation is in place, I help create a communication strategy that leverages my social media channels and network.

Let me know if you want to discuss ways of working together. My e-mail is stefanlindegaard@me.com

Topics for talks and workshops:

Innovation Culture: The Elephant in the Room

We all talk about it. Some corporate innovation leaders claim to have the answers. Lots of consultants are sure they know. Most CEO’s don’t really have a clue. It is just difficult developing a strong and sustainable innovation culture and one key reason is that a corporate culture in general is carved in stone during the first few years of the company’s existence.

After this, it becomes very difficult to change at all and only two things can change things fast; a truly committed executive group (this is very rare) or a true burning platform in which everyone realize that they need to change more or less everything in order to survive (not many companies are in such a condition, which is actually a good thing).

This is the outset for a webinar talk and discussion on innovation culture with Stefan Lindegaard and InnoCentive. At the webinar, we get into these topics:

• different types of innovation initiatives and how they impact the corporate innovation culture
• killers and boosters for innovation culture
• why middle managers hinder innovation just by doing their job
• an overview of the mindset and skills needed to succeed with (open) innovation today
• innovation methodologies and concepts in your organization
• why you need a common language and why you need to educate up and down
• why it should be people first, processes next and then ideas

This will be an interactive session with group and individual exercises as well as plenty of time for Q&A.


The People Side of Innovation

These days, there is much talk about open innovation, business model innovation and innovation culture these days. These are important topics, but the most significant element to anything related to innovation will always be people.

It is people that make things happen and this is you, your colleagues, your customers and other external partners that you engage with to bring innovation to market.

It is not that long ago that a good innovator was considered to be a good engineer or R&D person. However, things have changed big time over the last 5-7 years as the open innovation and business model innovation movements continue to rise while companies have failed to upgrade their innovation capabilities during the financial crisis.

In this webinar, Stefan Lindegaard will explain the consequences of these changes as he looks into the skills and mindset that are required to be a good innovator in this era of “modern innovation,” which is driven more by openness and business models than internal R&D and patents.

The topics include:

• 7 critical personal competencies for innovation success
• an overview of the types of people and functions you need for a strong innovation team
• insights on the key elements for corporate innovation training programs
• a view on why some people kill innovation – and how to deal with them

This will be a fast-paced webinar with plenty of time for questions and answers.


Be Competitively Unpredictable!
– Make it Happen with Innovation

Competitively unpredictable: two words that spell the key to success in today’s fast paced, highly competitive business arena. If your company has the ability to consistently outmaneuver the competition in ways they never see coming, then the future is bright.

Why is being competitively unpredictable so essential now? One key reason is the ever-shrinking window of opportunity. In the past decades, depending on your industry, you could count on having three or five or even seven years after bringing something new to market to make good money before you needed to come up with the next new thing to keep revenues growing.

This is no longer the case. While the pace of innovation used to be fast but still manageable, now the window of opportunity is getting shorter and moving faster so you’re forced to innovate ever faster. One of the best examples is the mobile phone industry where they are now counting in months.

Open innovation and business model innovation are key concepts for becoming competitively unpredictable and in this session Stefan Lindegaard shares his views on how companies can embrace these concepts in order to bring better innovation to market faster.

Specifically, he will provide:

• an overview of the current state of innovation and what the future will bring us
• examples on how leading-edge companies merge open innovation and business model innovation
• insights on why companies must embrace failure for better innovation
• insights on how companies can use social media for their innovation efforts

This will be an interactive session in which Stefan Lindegaard shares his insights and starts conversations on the above topics. Your input and insights are highly appreciated in a session where we all learn from each other.


Open Innovation: New Challenges, New Opportunities

Many companies are moving beyond the basics of open innovation making this new paradigm of innovation even more complex, challenging – and rewarding. This is the outset for this session with Stefan Lindegaard in which we get into these topics:

• the essentials: What open innovation is and why it matters?
• insights on how open innovation impacts management and organizational issues
• an overview of the mindset and skills needed to succeed with open innovation
• insights from companies on the leading edge of open innovation
• an understanding on how social media tools can impact open innovation efforts

This will be an interactive session with group and individual exercises as well as plenty of time for Q&A.


Embrace Failure to Build a Stronger Innovation Culture

When things go wrong (as they frequently will), a smartfailing organization does not focus its energy on assigning blame and doling out consequences. Instead, the smartfailing organization de-stigmatizes failure and uses failure as an opportunity to learn and to find a better course.

In this talk, Stefan Lindegaard shares his insights from a recent survey in which he looked at how global innovation teams deal with failure and embrace the concept of smartfailing. He will cover issues such as:

– The key reasons why innovation teams fail – and how they deal with failure
– The honest interaction – or lack thereof – between innovation teams and corporate executives when failure occurs
– The challenges in learning from failure in innovation teams and elsewhere in your organization

This will be an interactive session with plenty of time for Q&A.


The Power of the Crowd

Since the term crowdsourcing was coined eight years ago, the idea of tapping the knowledge, opinions, and ideas of the crowd has spread quickly and evolved in interesting ways. Today, every industry has examples of crowdsourcing and how it has helped with their innovation goals.

In this talk, Stefan Lindegaard provides history lessons, a present overview and future predictions on the benefits and challenges that come with crowdsourcing. The topics include:

• The early hype, status today and future directions
• Crowdwork, crowdinnovation and crowdfunding
• Examples of the companies leveraging the crowd to solve tough challenges
• The motivation factor (why people participate and why companies do it)
• Advice on getting started – and getting to the next level