Innovation Through Internal Promotion, Thiago
This is an entry summing up the points in a blog entry on the Innovating to Win site titled "Internal Promotion of Innovation". Short discussion of "pillars of internal promotion", which are:
- Selling Up
- Selling Outward
- Make it Personal
Why so little innovation?, Dave Winer
Dave points to a video on the Zdnet site: Silicon Valley's Judy Estrin warns we are running out of innovation, which is a conversation about some of the content in her new book: Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of Creativity in a Global Economy. A good quote that Dave picked out:
"She warns that we are living off of the innovation investments made in decades past and that is going to be a problem in the future."
Other links that discuss Judy's new book: The Easy Road To Incremental Innovation and Is innovation falling behind in the US?
How to Increase Your Odds of Getting a Big AHA!, Mitch Ditkoff
Mitch offers a look at some great creative legends of the past to offer tips on how you might be able to reach your breakthrough. A good quote:
It is sustained and focused effort towards a specific goal -- not luck, wishing, or caffeine -- that ultimately prepares the ground for creative insight.
This kind of effort does not always generate immediate results and sometimes leads people to conclude that it's just not in the cards for them.
Creating Innovation "pull", Jeffrey Phillips
This is a short entry in which Jeffrey discusses the push vs. pull approaches to innovation (as a means for growth). Interesting, it does seem that push might be more popular than pull these days. Interesting quote from entry:
So, in many companies, the strategy for encouraging innovation is what I'd call innovation "push" - the senior leadership will push innovation into the business. What I'd like to recommend, and what I think you'll find is common in most successful innovation firms, is what we call innovation "pull".
Pixar on Creativity (Find Good People, Ideas Will Come), Ben Casnocha
Ben links to a new article up on HBR by Ed Catmull: How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity. Its a long one (7 pages) so I haven't read it all yet, but here is a good quote that Ben picked out of it:
A few years ago, I had lunch with the head of a major motion picture studio, who declared that his central problem was not finding good people—it was finding good ideas. Since then, when giving talks, I’ve asked audiences whether they agree with him. Almost always there’s a 50/50 split, which has astounded me because I couldn’t disagree more with the studio executive. His belief is rooted in a misguided view of creativity that exaggerates the importance of the initial idea in creating an original product. And it reflects a profound misunderstanding of how to manage the large risks inherent in producing breakthroughs.
Another link to the HBR article: How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity