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Failing… or shall we say learning?

Nobody wants to fail, we see the word "failing" as something negative. But what if we swap the word failing with "learning"?!

Seven creative tensions in innovation

Innovation work must be BOTH exploratory AND exploiting, which we call to be ambidextrous. But there are many other tensions we have to manage.

Collaboration vs. Cooperation – what is the difference?

Collaboration vs. Cooperation – both words translated to "samarbete" in Swedish. What do they really mean?!

The unarticulated reasons FOR multi-tasking

A collection of opinions of advantages regarding multi-tasking - perceived by both team members AND project orderers.

Cascading Change versus Viral Change

When implementing change in a company, should we choose a top-down process or an epidemic/viral route?

Breakthrough Innovation Capability

A large study of major companies shows that personal relationships is a common denominator in how these companies ensures breakthrough innovation.

7 quotes on humor and play

Humor is the second most important factor when looking at how innovative companies differentiate themselves from stagnating companies.

The 7 Co-levels of interaction

Read about the 7 “Co-tions” to get the whole picture on what we call the 7 Co-levels of interaction…

Having more and more facts… is not always advantageous

There has been a lot of research done lately that shows that having too much facts actually impairs decision making!

Too high efficiency at one place leads to… too low efficiency overall

Are we really more efficient the more we use our resources? And what resources do we mean?

Multi-tasking efficiency is a myth

When we run projects today, we let people work on several projects simultaneously – “Multi-tasking”. But is this really efficient?

Flow – a part of intrinsic motivation

In this Food for Thought we will dwell a bit on what Flow is and how it can affect your attitude to your work.

Are you self-assured in your creative ability?

It is time that we stretch our old opinion on what creativity is all about – here I present 7 different ways to be creative.

We have to change – but what? Culture, Climate or Behavior?

It takes decades to influence culture enough to be able to state that it has changed – and the question is then where to start?

Creative climate factors that separate innovative from stagnating companies

What factors constitute the Creative Climate within a company and which of these factors separate innovative from stagnating companies?

Predictably irrational behavior regarding risk taking in innovation

People are highly risk averse when it comes to potentially increasing their wealth, but risk seeking when dealing with potential economic loss. Why?

I, T or PI people - what are you?

Are you a specialist or a generalist? Or can you be both?!

Weak is sometimes better than strong

In networks sometimes weak is better than strong - Bengt explains why

Seven quotes and comments on failing

Don't be afraid of failure!

"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently"

Golf and innovation – when to think about what you’re doing and when not to…

When dealing with new business and innovation you need to learn a new game and follow your intuition.

Instinct and Intuition

We usually believe gut feeling is the same thing as instinct or intuition …because these two things are just about the same ...or aren’t they ??

Play-not-to-lose or play-to-win?

We all prefer to win, but how far are we willing to go not to lose?

The Knowing-Doing gap

What is stopping us from actually doing what we know, or think, is right? Why is there a Knowing-Doing Gap? Well, there seem to be at least five hurdles hindering us.

Mahouts, elephants and jungle paths – a way to look at Change for Innovation

Why is it sometimes so hard for someone to act in a way that favours long term rewards and instead mainly choose short term rewards?

The pillars and hurdles of innovation

In innovation - What works as a pillar in a familiar situation may be a hurdle in a new situation. Why is this?

Innovation is so much more than products

When we talk about innovation, we tend to limit ourselves to inventions of products. But - invention is NOT the same as innovation!

Do we recognize talent and creativity when we see it?

Why is the selection process when it comes to discovering the truly creative people so difficult?

The importance of proximity to the user

Talking about True customer and Customer Understanding, the proximity to the object or situation we are studying is incredibly important for the reliability of the result.

The eternal fight between important and urgent

How come we usually go for the cheap and shortsighted gains at the cost of the more precious but longsighted gains?

Coffee cups and Toblerone – Examples of our biases

The wisdom of predictable irrationality is called Behavioural Economics and here are some examples on how this new branch of science can be adopted to the area of innovations.

Motivation 3.0 – Intrinsic motivation

In our view the most effective type of motivation is Intrinsic Motivation – motivation where the activity itself and the effects the activity has on the chosen environment is in focus.

Motivation 2.1 - “Now that…” instead of “If...then...

“Rewards given the wrong way are actually not only irrelevant… but even harmful. This is not an opinion, it is a fact. It is even what we in Washington call a true fact”.

Now shall we skip rewards? Are they outdated as incentives for innovation? The answer is no, not necessarily.

Scenario Planning – Imagining the unthinkable

Avoid surprises by rehearsing the future and breaking the “illusion of certainty”. Dare to think the unthinkable, and you are better prepared if it happens!

Motivation 2.0 – The stick & carrot principle

The way we usually use to incentivize efforts may not be working as we intend to. Why is this?

Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

Enligsh is an easy language, but some words are more difficult to use when translated. Here we look at the difference between Efficiency and Effectiveness.

Threats and opportunities, risks and rewards

A loss makes us more unhappy than a gain makes us happy – this affects innovation risk management too.

Brand is king

Many times throughout the years, in branded tests, it has been shown that Coca-Cola is the preferred drink. Why is this?

Ants as an organisation - Are there similarities between ants and man?

A study of the Nevada Seed Ants in the 90's shows there is!

The importance of Diversity for innovation

We often talk about the need for cross-functional teams, cross-gender groups etc. Is there anything in it?

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