Understanding your innovation capabilities to make them more dynamic

The Nine Stages that are needed for developing an understanding of your innovation capabilities, so as to make them more dynamic and as a result to be at the top of your innovation game. This “step process” I believe gets you to the point of understanding what innovation capabilities are a better ‘fit’ for the … More Understanding your innovation capabilities to make them more dynamic

Achieving agility within your innovation work

How can we map a new pathway for shifting current practices so as to transform them? How can we bring increasing agility into our innovation work, that requires both stable and dynamic moments to deliver better outcomes? Where do we focus, what do we recognize as organization practices, that can begin to transform the organization … More Achieving agility within your innovation work

The Orchestrator needs to orchestrate your innovation capabilities.

To deliver innovation, sustaining innovation, it needs to be built on dynamic skills, then you have to learn how you can orchestrate the capabilities you have, with those you have to bring in. Building on those that give the necessary dynamic result you are looking for; to purposefully build what is needed to deliver the … More The Orchestrator needs to orchestrate your innovation capabilities.

Moving towards Innovations Capability Coherence

Innovation often fails to align with the strategic needs. This is often not the fault of the innovator happily working away with no specific guidelines, apart from the general remit of “we need to be more innovative”, it lies in the boardroom not communicating the board’s needs clearly enough down the organization. Building up our … More Moving towards Innovations Capability Coherence

Knowing where your innovation fitness comes from

Are we in a more Darwinian world perhaps? I’d suggest that today innovation is caught up in the survival race, where the bolder ones are more innovation fit and pulling further ahead. We need many more organizations to get out of this survival trap and exploiting innovation in bolder ways, become fitter in their innovating … More Knowing where your innovation fitness comes from

Recognizing the different capabilities to develop and grow

A firm’s ordinary capabilities are the ones that enable us to perform efficiently and effectively, those essential routines and practices that often require having a high level of technical need supporting these activities. In contrast, dynamic capabilities are those higher level competencies that determine a firm’s ability to integrate, build, and reconfigure both the resources … More Recognizing the different capabilities to develop and grow

Defining Innovation Capital

My definition of what makes up innovation capital: “Innovation capital is the sum of all that promotes the development and changes required for achieving innovation outcomes, within one organization or its broader networked environment, for marketplace advantage” “These are made up of the resources, processes, knowledge, and capabilities, that are constantly evolving and highly dynamic … More Defining Innovation Capital

The world is working within increased complexity, are you?

The challenges of managing in today’s worlds are tough, very tough and demanding. It is so volatile, potentially disruptive and full of risk. Organizations are simply struggling to shed their clothes in the 20th century and find a way to smoothly manage to become more adaptable and agile in form. They are adjusting to offer … More The world is working within increased complexity, are you?

Understanding Your Innovation Capital- Well Do You?

If someone came to you and asked the question: “tell me what makes up your financial capital?” I expect you could answer this fairly comfortably. It might need a little added help from your finance department but you could produce and show significant details that we are all ‘schooled’ to understand and generally have accepted, … More Understanding Your Innovation Capital- Well Do You?

Struggling with counting ALL the sums of our capital

Organizations have been focused for far too long around the importance of financial capital. It determines and drives organizations destinies. We are caught in a constant focus upon our achieving a return on our (financial) capital as our measuring criteria. Organizations strive for improving their ROCE, RONA, IRR,  EVA and a host of other financial … More Struggling with counting ALL the sums of our capital

Understanding that innovation capital becomes your new core

Much of my focus within my work is to move organizations towards recognizing and expanding their innovation capital or stock. The hard part for many organizations is that many of the key elements of innovation capital consist of many intangibles as well as tangibles and this needs deeper understanding and appreciation. These intangibles are in … More Understanding that innovation capital becomes your new core

Putting some dynamic tension into the system

          There is a growing need for having some dynamic tensions within the organization’s system; these helps generate the better conditions for innovation to thrive. We are learning more on the better tools, techniques and approaches available for putting the learning tensions into our work, making them more dynamic, linked and … More Putting some dynamic tension into the system

Innovation tension lies in our layers and structures

Reduce the tension in the layers or structures for innovation to emerge. A really hard part of managing in larger organizations is in managing the layers and competing forces. Hierarchy dominates the speed of what we do. Often we forget to reinforce the very design within our organizational structures, we leave role structures incomplete and … More Innovation tension lies in our layers and structures

Organizational legacy so often chokes innovation

    Often organizations are weighed down by legacy; it chokes off innovation and much of the potential creativity. This comes in many forms; in its culture, in its history, its core markets or products, in its systems, structures, and processes built around innovation practice. Today, we are confronted with a very different global marketplace … More Organizational legacy so often chokes innovation

Understanding Our Knowledge-Based Capital

It is our non-physical assets that drive innovation, these make up our knowledge-based capital.  The economic value of managing our knowledge capital offers the Enterprise the opportunity to transform themselves and perform at higher levels of awareness. It is becoming critical to understand our sources of knowledge, it gives us the unique capital that differentiates … More Understanding Our Knowledge-Based Capital

9 Stages for building innovation fitness

Achieving innovation fitness is a journey- to get there we often have to manage the switchbacks as we build our capabilities and capacities to innovate. Getting Started – Understanding the Needs & Imperatives of Innovation Fitness Why we must travel this critical path for Innovation. The meaning of dynamic capabilities and innovation fitness landscapes Merging … More 9 Stages for building innovation fitness

Do you REALLY want to know how to innovate?

Applying a lens of discovery: The basic questions that need to be addressed are: “what are our dynamic capabilities that will deliver innovation impact? More importantly: “which ones should we focus upon to improve our capabilities and competencies over the longer-term? We recognize resources are scarce as our starting point Yet we fail to understand … More Do you REALLY want to know how to innovate?

It is all innovation talk, not much real doing.

All companies talk about innovation and its growing importance but it seems to me very few succeed in actually doing it on a repeatable scale. So have you ever asked what inhibits innovation? What would drive innovation success? What aspects of innovation are critical to have so innovative growth can be achieved? Where should a … More It is all innovation talk, not much real doing.

One pressing need in Innovation understanding.

There is a really pressing need in Innovation to tackle and resolve and that’s our capabilities to innovate. Yet do we know which are the critical factors for sustaining innovation success? What capabilities are needed to be built? What are not so necessary and will occur more naturally due to us finding these dynamic ones? … More One pressing need in Innovation understanding.

The Orchestrator needs to orchestrate your innovation capabilities.

To deliver innovation, sustaining innovation, it needs to be built on dynamic skills, then you have to learn how you can orchestrate the capabilities you have, with those you have to bring in. Building on those that give the necessary dynamic result you are looking for; to purposefully build what is needed to deliver the … More The Orchestrator needs to orchestrate your innovation capabilities.

Shifting our dynamics to innovate within the digital age

There was a report written back in 2013 entitled and under, “The New Normal: Competitive advantage in the digital economy” written for the Big Innovation Centre, an initiative of The Work Foundation and Lancaster University that I would recommend your time to read. I often go back to this as it provides a real source … More Shifting our dynamics to innovate within the digital age

Restating the Value Proposition of Innovation Fitness

I have been reviewing my work on innovation fitness landscapes, in the designing and understanding of the dynamic capabilities organizations constantly need to find, evolve and establish for sustaining successful innovation. Those that are more essential to manage the growing complexity in moving towards achieving successful and sustaining innovation outcomes. I felt it was time … More Restating the Value Proposition of Innovation Fitness

Understanding Your Innovation Capital- Well Do You?

If someone came to you and asked the question: “tell me what makes up your financial capital?” I expect you could answer this fairly comfortably. It might need a little added help from your finance department but you could produce and show significant details that we are all ‘schooled’ to understand and generally have accepted, … More Understanding Your Innovation Capital- Well Do You?

Holding the innovations of the future back

I clearly believe we do need to understand the strategic importance of the make-up of our innovation capital, yet presently nearly all our corporate boards lack any clear line of sight into this. Why? Not understanding what makes up the capital is holding innovation back. We are actually constraining growth through this lack of understanding … More Holding the innovations of the future back

9 Stages for building innovation fitness

Achieving innovation fitness is a journey- to get there we often have to manage the switchbacks as we build our capabilities and capacities to innovate. Getting Started – Understanding the Needs & Imperatives of Innovation Fitness Why we must travel this critical path for Innovation. The meaning of dynamic capabilities and innovation fitness landscapes Merging … More 9 Stages for building innovation fitness

Defining Innovation Capital

My definition of what makes up innovation capital: “Innovation capital is the sum of all that promotes the development and changes required for achieving innovation outcomes, within one organization or its broader networked environment, for market place advantage” “These are made up of the resources, processes, knowledge and capabilities, that are constantly evolving and highly … More Defining Innovation Capital

Understanding that innovation capital becomes your new core

Much of my focus within my work is to move organizations towards recognizing and expanding their innovation capital or stock. The hard part for many organizations is that many of the key elements of innovation capital consist of many intangibles as well as tangibles and this needs deeper understanding and appreciation. These intangibles are in … More Understanding that innovation capital becomes your new core

Recognizing the different capabilities to develop and grow

A firm’s ordinary capabilities are the ones that enable us to perform efficiently and effectively, those essential routines and practices that often require having a high level of technical need supporting these activities. In contrast, dynamic capabilities are those higher level competences that determine a firm’s ability to integrate, build, and reconfigure both the resources … More Recognizing the different capabilities to develop and grow

Combining four foundation pillars.

We need to think about recognizing the ‘combining effects’ of four foundation pillars; of value creation (vc), business models (bm), intellectual capital assets (ica) and innovation capital (ic). It is the dynamics within the multiple combinations that will generate the future wealth creation we need. We are in need of having a better understanding of … More Combining four foundation pillars.

Struggling with counting ALL the sums of our capital

Organizations have been focused for far too long around the importance of financial capital. It determines and drives organizations destinies. We are caught in a constant focus upon our achieving a return on our (financial) capital as our measuring criteria. Organizations strive for improving their ROCE, RONA, IRR,  EVA and a host of other financial … More Struggling with counting ALL the sums of our capital

Are we really measuring what matters?

Today, it is the non-financial performance, made up of mostly the intangibles within organizations, that is accounting for upwards of 80% of present investors’ valuation of our organizations. Yet do shareholders really have the knowledge to judge the real source of value creation inside our organizations? I think not but they should. Does Management actually? … More Are we really measuring what matters?

Putting some dynamic tension into the system

          There is a growing need for having some dynamic tensions within the organization’s system; these helps generate the better conditions for innovation to thrive. We are learning more on the better tools, techniques and approaches available for putting the learning tensions into our work, making them more dynamic, linked and … More Putting some dynamic tension into the system

All the capitals ‘fire’ innovation so as to make it combustible.

More often than not when we talk within business of capital we tend to default to the financial kind. Of course providing the financial capital into innovation is vital; it provides the potential ‘burn’ but what is often understated and certainly under-appreciated is the other capitals. These capitals when combined ‘fire’ innovation, they make it … More All the capitals ‘fire’ innovation so as to make it combustible.

Understanding the dynamics within your innovation system

The work of David Teece is hugely influential on exploring dynamic capabilities.  It was my reading of one of his early papers, published in 1997 (with Gary Pisano and Amy Shuen) that got me started down the dynamics path and my quest to identify the innovation landscape required by each organization to become innovation fit. … More Understanding the dynamics within your innovation system

Organizational legacy often chokes innovation

Often organizations are weighed down by legacy; it chokes off innovation and much of the potential creativity. This comes in many forms; in its culture, in its history, its core markets or products, in its systems, structures and processes built around innovation practice. Today, we are confronted with a very different global market place than … More Organizational legacy often chokes innovation

Establishing Distinct Capabilities for Innovation Success

The emphasis needs to be placed upon building distinct capabilities for innovation success. “the dynamics within the existing capabilities need to be fully understood and then you need to design the new capabilities on clear understanding of the direction, vision and mission required from innovation to be more successful in meeting the strategic needs”. Irrespective, … More Establishing Distinct Capabilities for Innovation Success

The world is working within increased complexity, are you?

The challenges of managing in today’s worlds are tough, very tough and demanding. It is so volatile, potentially disruptive and full of risk. Organizations are simply struggling to shed their clothes of the 20th century and find a way to smoothly manage into becoming more adaptable and agile in form. They are adjusting to offer … More The world is working within increased complexity, are you?

Greater fitness in innovation offers more value creation potential

The greater fitness you achieve equates to more value creation potential. The ability to inter‐couple landscape entities, to constantly combine the different capabilities in different often unique ways and exploit individual interactions alters your dynamics to innovate and does improve repeatable cycle times from this constant recreation potential. The key is to know what these … More Greater fitness in innovation offers more value creation potential

The value of fitness landscapes as part of your innovation awareness

I’d like you to work through these ‘thoughts’ to begin to evaluate the value of knowing your innovation fitness and what makes up your distinct dynamic capabilities: By firstly mapping out your innovation capabilities to the task at hand enables you to understand and relate to what is needed – we call that the context for … More The value of fitness landscapes as part of your innovation awareness

Understanding the value creation potential of fitness landscapes

The greater fitness you achieve equates to more value creation potential. The ability to inter‐couple landscape entities, to constantly combine the different capabilities in different often unique ways and exploit individual interactions alters your dynamics to innovate and does improve repeatable cycle times from this constant recreation potential. The key is to know what these … More Understanding the value creation potential of fitness landscapes

Knowing where your innovation fitness comes from

Are we in a more Darwinian world perhaps? I’d suggest that today innovation is caught up in the survival race, where the bolder ones are more innovation fit and pulling further ahead. We need many more organizations to get out of this survival trap and exploiting innovation in bolder ways, become fitter in their innovating … More Knowing where your innovation fitness comes from

Innovation tension lies in our layers and structures

Reduce the tension in the layers or structures for innovation to emerge. A really hard part of managing in larger organizations is in managing the layers and competing forces. Hierarchy dominates the speed of what we do. Often we forget to reinforce the very design within our organizational structures, we leave role structures incomplete and … More Innovation tension lies in our layers and structures

Today organizations essential design is for openness, agility and flexibility

There is a need in any framework design for building a new integrated innovation network that it needs to have openness, agility and flexibility purposefully built into it. It is more than likely that in the past design, the legacy within existing systems needs radically dismantling and redesigning to reflect the multitude of changes happening. … More Today organizations essential design is for openness, agility and flexibility