What is Better for Innovation? Small Ideas vs. Big Ideas

Bigger and brighter ideaDo you want your employees to come up with a “breakthrough” idea, one that will be a game-changer for your organization?

It probably won’t immediately come in the form of just one big idea. Ideas focused on solving day-to-day workplace complications make up the first steps of large-scale innovation. [Read more…]

How Kraft Foods Continuously Innovates with an Idea Management System

Hot Homemade Chocolate PuddingWhat is co-creation, and how can it improve innovation in your organization?

Kraft Foods innovates using “co-creation” with their customers, which involves an ongoing dialogue between the two about what improvements Kraft can make. This practice has led to new ideas, packaging guidance, and insights into cooking habits. So, how does it work?

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3 Reasons to Encourage Small Ideas in Employee Suggestion Programs

A lot of companies believe that they need big ideas to have a successful employee suggestion program. Fortunately, it’s not true!

chick in eggSmall ideas can be very powerful. How can that be?

There are at least 3 reasons:

  1. Small Ideas Promote Innovation Culture
  2. Small Ideas Lead to Big Ideas
  3. Small Ideas Can Be Implemented Quickly

Let us take a detailed look into each of these reasons.

1. Small Ideas Promote Innovation Culture

Encouraging employees to share small ideas can help a company build a strong innovation community & culture.

Without much thought, employees can come up with small ideas as they work on their daily tasks.

Something is wrong if workers do not look around each day, find things that are tedious or boring, and then rewrite the procedures. Even last month’s manual should be out of date.
– Taiichi Ohno, the “father” of the Toyota production system.

When your company is open to small ideas [Read more…]

The First Step in Building Your Innovation Management Process

In a previous post, I shared my view that “innovation management process” is not an oxymoron – and that innovation can indeed be managed as a process.

In fact, I believe innovation must be managed as a process – not as random Eureka moments. Research shows this is how “built to last” companies such as GE and P&G approach innovation.

Ok, that settles that! The next question is:

How do you start implementing an innovation process at your organization?

I’ll share my thoughts on this question today.

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Innovation Management Process – An Oxymoron?

This is our first blog post, so let me start with the obligatory “Hello world!”

What is this blog about? It’s about innovation – specifically, practical tips & articles to help you manage innovation at your organization.

The word “innovation” conjures up many images. Creative genius. Eureka moments. Light bulb going off. Magical. Mystical. Accessible to only a select few blessed humans. You get the idea! Well, I’m not a big believer in this notion of innovation. Why not, and what do I believe then? [Read more…]