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Author: Rikus Grobler

Innovation happens when people take action

Start of a new Series Trying and Failing by Rikus Grobler of Namibia Innovation Solutions   I trust that your expectations are charged for this new series on the implementation of Innovation. We are now at the stage where innovation managers must go over to execution. This is an exciting time where real changes must be made and real differences expected. Usually around the beginning of the year, I start with some innovation goals, since it’s the time when resolutions for change are being made. Well, recently I have reflected a lot on goal setting and why people give...

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By studying problems, the mind generates many new ideas

Reflecting and thinking ahead by Rikus Grobler of Namibia Innovation Solutions One of the leadership bloggers I follow, Michael Hyatt, did a study in 2014 on high achievers to find out what they do to position themselves for success. He identified a lot of commonalities, but by far, the most consistent practice high achievers share to set themselves up for a great year is to reflect on the current one. The review process was a little different for each person, but most seemed to focus on what went right, what went wrong, and what could be learned for the...

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An innovation strategy must be tailor-made for every organisation

Whose job is innovation? by Rikus Grobler of Namibia Innovation Solutions I have written a lot about the different roles and responsibilities regarding innovation and about innovation processes and culture in the organisation. However, how innovation actually happens in the organisation is not a one size fits all, and depending on the type of organisation, the culture and some other factors, there are different ways of going about making it happen. For example, innovation in a high-tech company might be driven by a few highly skilled and qualified subject-matter experts in the R & D department, whereas in a...

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Sometimes unplanned innovation must be stopped

When Not to Innovate by Rikus Grobler of Namibia Innovation Solutions Preventing Innovation may sound like a paradox, but find out below why sometimes it may be necessary. In the previous column, I looked at the value of including innovation in the planning cycle. The key message here was that there is no substitute for good planning. Innovation benefits can only be achieved through planned effort to invest in new ideas and convert them into practice in a systematic way, and inclusion in the planning cycle is a good foundation for this. If you have followed this column regularly,...

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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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