During annual workforce planning, Scott Ward, the President of Medtronic Vascular, used to say, “Hire us some more mavericks. They don’t always fit in, but we need them for innovation.” He defined mavericks as the technical people who were dedicated to solving the mysteries of the disease states we treated and the current shortcomings [...]
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Many business leaders want more collaboration and innovation from their workers, but they often struggle with how to get it. Too often, they believe that a crisis, an open office environment, or a set of values will spur collaboration. They often can see progress, but their efforts fall short. Why? Collaboration requires a set of [...]
Artificial Intelligence is a buzz word these days, and many believe that companies are using AI to automate customer service, recruiting, store data, and perform other functions. However, the buzz has run into a buzz saw. After surveying thousands of executives about how their companies use and organize for artificial intelligence and advanced analytics, McKinsey [...]
Many executives we work with are frustrated in their efforts to improve the innovation of their companies. One of the problems? Middle management gets in the way of innovative employees by clinging to dominant leader styles. Our experience and the lessons of empirical research shows that middle management can be the key to a company [...]
New research is underway which will provide extraordinary insights for you on how companies become innovative. InnovationOne, LLC and The Conference Board have launched the 2019 Global State of Innovation Survey. You can be a part of it. But there is only two days left to complete the Survey. Our 2017 Global State of Innovation Survey showed that highly [...]
Some 170 of the world’s largest companies (as measured by revenue), have a declining return on investment for their innovation projects, according to research. Why? Many companies under pressure to show that they can disrupt a market (or starve off disruption) are pursuing innovation haphazardly. Many of their investments end up being non-strategic, poorly linked [...]
We are excited to invite you (those of you in management) to participate in new and exciting research being conducted to identify what drives innovation in organizations and the tools, measures, and talent strategies necessary to be a highly innovative company. InnovationOne, LLC and The Conference Board are launching the 2019 Global State of Innovation Survey. The [...]
Many business leaders don’t get Silicon Valley. They know the reputation, the high-tech giants, the casual dress, the innovation that fails and succeeds in Silicon Valley and the unicorns. But the common theme among the SV innovation labs, venture capitalists, and start-ups at The Conference Board’s 6th Annual Innovation Master Class hosted at the [...]
Do you have a process that allows leaders and employees to suggest and develop innovation ideas? The Innovation Acceleration Process program will focus on processes and tools needed to brainstorm, prioritize, and develop innovative ideas. Join facilitators Brooke Dobni and Victor Assad on January 22-23, 2019 to learn what drives innovation in organizations and how to [...]