Managers, Innovation Show Stoppers

Insecure Managers Block Innovation Innovation is the cornerstone of progress, driving organizations toward new heights of success and competitiveness. However, the fostering of innovation within a company is highly dependent on the culture set by its management. Insecure managers, due to their fear of failure, reluctance to embrace change, and inability to empower their teams, […]

How do Companies Benefit from their Chief Innovation Officer

When you talk to most executives about the CIO, they immediately assume you are talking about the Chief Information Officer. Therefore, in this article and going forward, we will use the less common, but better acronym of CInO. The CInO as you can ascertain from above is a relatively new position with many organizations just […]

What the World Will Look Like for Future Generations

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. Warren Bennis Flying cars, the Terminator and the end of poverty. If one were to believe the future […]

Does Your Company Need a Chief Innovation Officer

Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about looking after those in our charge. Simon Sinek Does a ship need a captain? Does a sports team need a coach? Does an army need a general? One could argue that a ship can function without a captain because the crew does all the “hard […]

Mastering Innovation: Perspectives from a Certified Innovation Professional

In the second chapter of Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Outliers: The Story of Success”, Gladwell references the 10,000 hour rule, asserting that the key to achieving true expertise in any skill is simply a matter of practicing for at least 10,000 hours. What does this mean when trying to master innovation? First, let’s examine what 10,000 […]

Can Innovation Be Learned?

I have the great fortune of living in Santa Fe, New Mexico (a southern city in the USA, not Mexico) that in 2005 was named the first city in the United States as a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)-designated city of craft and folk art ( The group of UNESCO Creative Cities […]

For the Love of Generalists

pol·y·math /ˈpälēˌmaTH/ noun 1. a person of wide-ranging nowledge or learning. a Renaissance polymath Many people know a polymath or two, and it is likely that you know one, or if you are an innovator, you may be one. A polymath is often referred to as a Renaissance person and is known for being an […]

Tasks of a Chief Innovation Officer: External Idea Sourcing

The tasks of whoever is in charge of maximizing the company’s innovation activities should involve both external and internal activities and programs to make their companies as innovative as they hope them to be. Today’s post focuses on external activities to make firms more “innovative.”

Are Innovators Moving Beyond Incremental Innovation?

Are Innovators Moving Beyond Incremental Innovation? Insights by Rob Hoehn — Board Director of the GIM Institute The automobile didn’t disrupt horse-drawn carriages. Or at least not right away. It wasn’t until Ford introduced the egalitarian Model T that could be mass produced and adopted by a large percentage of the public that the equestrian […]

The Netherlands | GIMI Country

THE NETHERLANDS The 2nd most innovative country that reclaims its land from the sea   The Netherlands has achieved the no. 2 ranking in Global Innovation Index 2018 (GII), and is overtaken only by Switzerland. According to GII, Holland has a “strong, interlinked business sector that collaborates well with universities.” GII also stresses the fact […]

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