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Author: Rikus Grobler

An ounce of execution is worth more than a ton of theory

I have now discussed the innovation themes of generating useful ideas and choosing the best ideas to implement. This is the “sexy” part of innovation. The hard part is actually implementing the ideas to bring the innovations to life. Remember if it stays in idea form, that is all it is and ever will be – an idea – the idea has to be implemented to be an innovation. Execution is by far the discipline of innovation that the majority of organisations have the most difficulty with. Implementing ideas I am making the assumption here that after more than...

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Separate the sheep from the goats – how to pick the best innovation ideas

By Rikus Grobler – In the previous two articles I reviewed the issue of coming up with great ideas – the source of innovation. Now that the organisation has generated lots of great ideas, you realise that you do not have the capacity to implement all the ideas, and you will have to choose the top ideas to make the best use of scarce resources. This is an issue which all organisations struggle with, finite capacity is the reality for all of us. So, in this article, I want to address two issues about evaluating ideas: How to deal...

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YouTube can help the group storm into great ideas. Idea Generation Part II

By Rikus Grobler – I am currently discussing the issue of coming up with great ideas – where innovation starts. In the previous article I made the case that creativity and idea generation is a skill that organisations can develop and can get better at. I also busted the myth of the lone genius and established that coming up with great ideas is a team effort. In this article, I want to look at specific idea generation techniques, so I want to touch on a well-known method for generating ideas in a group format, Brainstorming, and a lesser known...

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Innovation requires great ideas at the brainstorming side

By Rikus Grobler – In the previous two articles I focused on the culture of innovation, specifically making the case for the co-existence of “run the business” and “change the business” activities in the organisation; and the link between trust and innovation. Innovation has two distinctive stages, there is the front-end, the idea generation stage; and the back-end, the implementation of these ideas. There are many terms for these two stages, and there are no wrongs or rights in this regard. I usually refer to it as ideation and implementation. I want to first focus on the ideation stage....

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The right organisational culture needed for Business Innovation – Part 2

By Rikus Grobler – I am still on the topic of creating a nurturing culture for innovation. In the previous article I laid the table with the argument that an organisation has to drive the “run the business” activities AND the “change the business activities”. Change in the sense of change for the better – for the sake of surviving and beating the competition. Established organisations are by definition designed to drive efficiencies and does not take disruption of the status quo well. A significant part of establishing the right culture is acknowledging this fact and creating the climate,...

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The business culture needs to support innovation incentives

By Rikus Grobler – I am on the topic of how to incentivize innovative behaviour in organisations. In the previous article it was highlighted that this is not such a straightforward matter as one might think and that it is imperative that organisations must first create an environment, or a culture, that fosters innovation, before just going the “cash for ideas” route. Hence, in this article, I want to look at the link between organisational culture and incentives for innovation, and also share some ideas on how to encourage innovative behaviour through other means than monetary rewards Incentivizing Innovation...

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Good ideas need to be rewarded for innovation to work

By Rikus Grobler – In the previous two articles I discussed the phenomenon of disruptive innovation, the occurrence where industries are basically made obsolete through an innovation that creates a new market and value network, displacing an earlier technology. As I always promulgate, innovation (including disruptive innovation) start with a novel idea, and by now you also know that I believe that people are inherently creative and have useful ideas. However, employees do not necessarily submit and implement the good ideas they have, sometimes they need a little “push”. How to give this “push” is not that straightforward, and...

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Disruptive Innovation – Part 2. Embrace disruptive technologies

By Rikus Grobler – I am continuing with the short series on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation. This is the occurrence where industries are basically made obsolete through an innovation that creates a new market and value network, displacing an earlier technology. In the previous discussion, I defined the spectrum of “newness” related to innovation (incremental to radical) and looked at some examples of disruptive innovation. In this article I want to review some strategies organisations can deploy to counter disruptive innovation or even benefit from it by creating new channels. Defending disruptive innovation Organisations today, face a big...

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