Why Having a Process Doesn't Make You an Innovator

Having a process doesn't make you an innovator. That's a strange thing to hear from someone who has created a new innovation process.

Jorge Barba says that people love to trust formulas and fancy consultancies with their golden ratios who cram everything into the same cookie cutter mold. But innovation doesn't work that way. One size doesn't fit all.

However, innovation is a practice done by people, with the emphasis on people. That's why the promise of innovation by Artificial Intelligence is dubious, because innovation is a human practice. Humans assign meaning and make sense of it all.

Why Fashion Week is Innovation Week

Each year, Fast Company Magazine lists its pick of top innovative companies. Certainly, technology companies are predictably present. Surprising, one category that’s really worth watching is fashion.

Designer Michael Kors made the “Most Innovative” list for 2014. If innovation is about providing value to the customer and taking ideas to market, then Kors scores big. Another perennial fashion innovator is Tom Ford, designer, creative director, motion picture director, and fellow Texan. These designers don't just create new ideas–they take them to the bank.

How do they do it? Natalie Nixon

Evernote Answers the Apple Watch Question

The Apple Watch question has been answered. What is the Apple Watch question? It's the proverbial elephant in the room: "Why do I need this?"

Evernote answers the Apple Watch question with the same answer: "To remember everything." If Evernote is "your digital brain," then the Apple Watch is the icing on the cake of digitally-aided cognition.

With instant access to all of the benefits of Evernote on your wrist, Evernote for Apple Watch can help you:

  • Remember everything - timely alerts and reminders
  • Capture inspiration - because the best ideas come at random times
  • Get stuff done - be

How Leaders Innovate

Not every leader can be Steve Jobs. But what if every leader created an environment where the entire organization could be like Steve Jobs?

A good leader understands that innovation is larger than any one person, including himself or herself. Furthermore, he or she recognizes that innovation is a team sport. Multiple individuals and departments are required to take ideas to market. Therefore, the innovative leader will be occupied with establishing and maintaining the environment that is most conducive to growing an innovation ecosystem.

In a great article for CEO magazine, Ron Ashkenas

Why Innovators are Pod People

“The invasion of the pod people” sounds like a low-budget science fiction movie. However, because innovation is a team sport, innovators are pod people!

In a great article for entitled “The Future is Podular,” Dave Gray describes innovation pods and why they make such a difference.

According to Gray, an innovation pod is “a small, autonomous unit that is enabled and empowered to deliver the things that customers value.”

Slow and steady does not win the innovation race. Agility and focused intensity give the winning edge.

Where does agility come from?