Complementary Innovation

Companies are enamored with chasing “white space opportunities.”  White space is the nickname for new, undiscovered growth segments.  It spins the notion that opportunity lies just ahead of us.  Telling colleagues you are working on white space...

Innovation Telltale

If you want innovation in your company, hire innovative people. But how do you know if someone is innovative?  What do you look for?  What telltale evidence might suggest that a person has superior innovation skills? Several years ago, I ran a youth hockey league for...

Innovation Muscle

The best Fortune 100 companies see innovation as an ongoing capability, not a one time event.  These companies work hard to build muscle around this capability so they can deploy it when they need it, where they need it, tackling their hardest problems.  Companies do...

The Dream Catalog

For many companies, the catalog of products is the strongest statement of brand positioning a company can make.  It is your arsenal of commercialization.  So imagine you could peek into the future and see a copy of your company’s product catalog five years from...

Funding Innovation

Mitch Ditkoff takes on the all important issue of how to fund innovation, and writes about innovation slush funds as a way improve innovation results: What I like about this approach is that it sidesteps the bureaucratic hokey pokey, run-it-up-the-flagpole, command...