Innovation is very present in the minds of many companies, but only few know how to be creative and foster a culture of innovation and intrapreneurship. This course shows the importance of innovation, how creativity and innovation works, and what you need to do to create engaged intrapreneurs in your company.
Examples will show how innovation disrupted industries who never saw it coming, what steps you can take to create an innovative company culture, and which tools can help empower your employees.
Innovation happens when people come together. The lone genius is nothing but a myth. This introduction demonstrates where and how innovation happens.
Innovation happens on many levels and requires more than just creativity. An invention without the execution will never become an innovation.
FastCompany's David Brier reflected in this essay on Steve Jobs' now famous commencement speech from 2006 when he talked about "connecting the dots." Together with graphic motion designer Rafa Galeano he created the following video to tell the story of innovation and connecting the dots.
The companies who bring new innovations successfully to the market are often not the incumbents of the past technology generations. And the innovation cycles are accelerating. While you cannot connect the dots forward, but only in the past, you can recognize patterns that allow you to predict changes.
In an experiment, a scientist placed fleas in a glass jar. They quickly jumped out. He then put the fleas back into the jar and placed a glass lid over the top. The fleas began jumping and hitting the glass lid, falling back down into the jar. After a while, the fleas, conditioned to the presence of the glass lid, began jumping slightly below the glass lid so as not to hit it. After three days, the scientist then removed the glass lid as it was no longer needed to keep the fleas in the jar. The fleas have learned to limit themselves from jumping beyond the height of the lid even if the lid was removed as they have been conditioned to the fact that they cannot escape from the jar.
Notice that the limit is mental, not physical.
An Innovation Management Framework can give innovation driven companies a structured way of innovation, but can have some risks and give false security, if done for the pure purpose of "having a process".
Dick Fosbury gained the world's attention when he used a very different technique in high jump. Instead of rolling over the bar with the straddle technique facing the bar, he turned away from the bar and landed on the back.
This breakthrough technique landed him the Olympic gold medal, and within a few years the Fosbury flop became the dominant style in high jump.
Innovators have some certain qualities that make them creative and driven.
What are now models that help organizations to create ideas and enable innovators?
The best ideas aren't worth much, if they aren't executed on. To turn an idea to reality, makerSQR helps get people and resources together. This marketplace of projects, skills, and resources helps to match them and make people live their creative dreams.
What makes an intrapreneur and what makes creative? Some hints from neuroscience...
Why is it important for innovation to describe a problem and use the proper vocabulary? Here are examples that help you understand when it's good to push the boundaries, and when to limit the scope.
In this lecture we will learn about five different and easy techniques that allow us to discover innovation around existing products.
A shorty on Design Thinking as an empathy-based innovation technique.
Service Thinking is like Design Thinking an emphatic methodology that looks at how customers experiences services, co-create them, and what is necessary to achieve them. Examples are the holistic service experiences with companies such as Apple and Starbucks.
How does architecture, office and virtual spaces support innovation and creativity? Some examples from PIXAR, open space designs and innovation management systems demonstrate that.
Some good tips of how to kill creativity and innovation. Of course that's not what you want. But anyways, it's good to know...
Monthy Python's John Cleese is not only one of the funniest men alive, he also reflected a lot on creativity. Well, that's one of the most important things for a comedian. At the end of his talk he gives a humorous take on how you can destroy creativity.
Having the support and active collaboration of your legal department is crucial for successful innovators. Here we discuss some ways of how this can become a fruitful cooperation.
In this final lecture we look at how you can prepare yourself for innovation, read up more and find the right attitude.
MARIO HERGER is CEO and partner of Enterprise Garage Consultancy LLC, a strategic consulting company focused on innovation, Silicon-Valley-Mindset, creativity, gamification, and intrapreneurship in the enterprise. Formerly a Senior Innovation Strategist at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California and Global Head of the Gamification Initiative at SAP, he has encountered and supported efforts on gamification, innovation, and mobile app development in the enterprise from multiple levels and departments.
He is the author of the following books: