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Hamlet’s line “To be or not to be…” is one of Shakespeare’s most famous. And he did write quite a few good ones. Hamlet’s concern is a choice between living a troubled life; and embracing death. OK, it’s a fairly deep analogy when it comes to innovation, but the choice of embracing or avoiding innovation choices can lead to corporate death – think Kodak.
Recently I was reminded of the famous scene in the film, Spartacus, where all the slaves shout “I’m Spartacus”. The prompt was another statement that innovation is everybody’s job. It’s fairly common, for example a thread on the Beyond Innovation group page on LinkedIn, running a poll on the subject “Innovation is Ev
Innovation is hard, isn’t it? That seems to be the prevailing wisdom. This was going through my mind when I read a good post from Tim Kastelle recently. Tim described how some of his innovation consultancy projects go through three phases – simplistic, complex and finally, simple. The objective is to produce an innovation that is simply communicated and easily understood; simple is the end objective of all good innovation.
Many large companies who have implemented Open Innovation use “Technology Scouts”, searching the external world for interesting opportunities. This description, whilst functional and descriptive, is missing a trick. Instead, companies should be developing Open Innovation Ambassadors.