Category Archives: Chap 16 Innovation and CI

Research Insight: how to find the innovative people in your organisation

Over the years I have run a number of two day Innovation workshops for managers from industry.  Amongst other things, the workshops include brain-storming and other techniques for generating new ideas.  And I’ve always been struck by how some delegates … Continue reading

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Air-Ink – creating ink out of air pollution

Who would have thought it!  Gravicky Labs have found a way of using the soot found in air pollution – mainly from motor vehicles – and turning it into an ink used in marker pens.  Best to let them explain … Continue reading

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Birmingham Children’s Hospital outstanding

Listening to Today on Radio 4 this morning, Sarah-Jane Marsh, the CEO of Birmingham Childrens Hospital was inspirational.  Eight years ago this hospital was identified as having major shorting comings in three key areas of provision.  Today it is the … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley moves east?

This report from Capgemini Consulting identifies that Asia now hosts nearly one third of all the innovation centres built and operated, overtaking Europe for the first time.  Four Asian cities are leading the charge – Singapore, Bangalore, Shanghai, and Tokyo.

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Thoughts on innovation

See what four entrepreneurs have to say on this topic in this video here. Source: Fast Company

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Is Japanese innovation an oxymoron now?

A thoughtful article on innovation in Japan on the BBC Business website suggests it is a lack of marketing expertise that is holding back Japanese companies and their ability to innovate.  Also the innovative companies of thirty years ago have … Continue reading

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Isn’t all innovation “brutal” to a certain extent?

Fascinating article on the ThoughtWorks website discussing how Chinese operators approach innovation, especially with regards to ecommerce.  It provides great insights in a number of ways…. how businesses develop within the Chinese economy the demand for, growth and scale of ecommerce in … Continue reading

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Innovation agents – do you have to be quirky to be innovative?

Fast Company have a series of short videos on what they term “Innovation Agents”.  These reveal the “people and personalities driving the world’s most radical, disruptive and creative companies”.  The videos are more eclectic than this suggests, as some focus … Continue reading

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Why are employee engagement gimmicks still peddled when all organisation could adopt CI?

It’s a bit unfair to have picked just this one example of what I’m talking about, but it makes my point.  The blog talks about employee engagement and team building exercises to avoid, but then proposes some “good” ideas – … Continue reading

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Most UK government departments have a continuous improvement strategy

Finding out about the NPIA (see blog 14 October) has lead us to discover the Home Office Continuous Improvement Strategy (click here).  This is similar to many other such plans that government departments have to implement CI.  What is more … Continue reading

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