Friday, January 27, 2012

Video Sneak Peek: FEI Design Track, Smart Design's Sean O'Connor

Design within the FEI process is helping organizations unlock their innovation potential.

Today more than ever, design is working to increase operational efficiencies, improve processes and deliver superior products and services into the marketplace. Design is enabling companies to create better and more meaningful experiences which delivers a competitive edge.

Get a sneak peek of what's in store in this preview video from the chair of the Design Track, Smart Design's Sean O'Connor below:



Want to see all of the entire sessions? Join Smart Design and hundreds of of leading innovation and design executives at FEI Europe 2012: Europe's leading innovation conference.

To Register:
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Innovation Best Practices from Google, Credit Suisse, IBM, Volkswagen, Nestle, Nokia, BMW and more

The Front End of Innovation 2012 brings you the cross-industry insights on the topics you need to master to drive profitable innovation in your organization, including: Disruptive Innovation, Integrating Design at the Front End, Reverse Innovation, Megatrends and Technology, Making Innovation Repeatable, Social Media, Sustainability, Open Innovation, and Innovation Management.

A Sampling of the 50+ Corporate Case Studies at FEI include: 

• IBM The Socially Synergistic Enterprise: Balancing Innovation and External Collaboration to Improve Innovation
• Credit Suisse Service Innovation: Turn Brand Strategies into Compelling Client Experiences
• Volkswagen Open Strategy: Using Wisdom of the Crowds for Identifying Future Trends
• Google How Does Google Stimulate Internal Innovation to Serve Users and Clients?
• Procter & Gamble World Class Innovation in China: The Search for Disruptive New Products & Services
• Nokia Inform, Involve, Empower: An Informative Revolution at the Bottom of the Pyramid
• Intel Open Innovation 2.0 and New Innovation Ecosystems: Industry, Academia & Government
• Adidas Uniting the Creative Design Process with the Front End
• Nestle The Freedom to Innovation, and Why Corporations Should Consider Having a Separate Research Team
• Henkel Performance-Based Sustainability: The New Green is Blue
• BMW BMW i Brand: Design Language and the Future of Mobility

Download the conference brochure for full event details.

Who Else Will Be There?

FEI EMEA, The World Leader in Advancing Innovation, brings together innovation, R&D, product development and (NEW for 2012) product design executives.

Companies already registered include: 

ABN Amro,
Adidas,
Airbus Deutschland,
Alcatel Lucent,
Alessi Spa,
Altria Client Services,
Antwerp Management School,
Arc International Middle East,
Arcelik AS,
Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen,
Astra Tech AB,
AT Kearney,
Ball Packaging Europe GmbH,
BASF SE,
Bayer,
BBVA,
Beiersdorf AG,
BMW,
Bostik SA,
Celanese Emulsions GmbH,
Claro Partners,
CoCatalyst Ltd,
Creaholic,
Credit Suisse,
Dialego,
DOKA,
Dow Corning,
DSM,
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL,
Elsevier,
European Patent Office,
Ericsson,
Ernst & Young,
Ethz,
European Investment Fund,
Farenheit 212 Europe,
FIRMENICH Perfumery,
Forbes.com,
GlaxoSmithKline,
Google,
Grundfos Management,
Gruppo Campari,
Hasbro UK Ltd,
Henkel,
Hype Softwatetechnik GmbH,
IBM,
Imperial Tobacco Group,
Innabler,
Innovation Leadership Network,
Innovia Technology,
Institute of Innovation & Environ,
Intel Labs Europe,
Intercontinental Hotels Group,
Johnson & Johnson Medical,
JTI, Kaba AG,
Kaos Pilots,
Kiln,
Kraton Polymers LLC,
Lantor,
Lanxess Deutschland GmbH,
Leaf,
Leiden Univ Res and Innovation Svcs,
Lonza Group,
Magna International,
Malaysian Technology Development Corporation,
Mars Europe, Mars Research GmbH,
Maurer & Wurtz,
Ministry of Manpower Singapore,
Nestec, Nestle,
Nine Sigma,
Nitto Europe NV,
Nokia, Novartis,
NV Bekaert SA,
Oce Technologies BV,
Oriflame Cosmetics AB,
P&G, PDD,
Philips,
Philips Consumer Lifestyle,
PRTM,
Pureinsight,
Rabobank,
Rafaela Kunz,
Reckitt Benckiser,
Royal College of Art,
SABIC,
Sabic Services Ltd,
Sage Publications,
Sanofi Pasteur,
SAP,
Saxo Bank,
SEB,
Seek Research,
Segway,
SGL Carbon,
Sherwin Williams,
Siemens,
SmartDesign,
Starbucks,
Strategos,
Swarovski,
Swiss Post International,
Swisslog,
Telefónica I+D,
Tetra Pak,
TomTom Int'l,
Trend Desk,
TRUMPF Maschinen Austria,
Vestas Wind Systems,
Volkswagen,
Whirlpool Corporation,
Wyndham Worldwide,
Yle Broadcasting,
and more

To Register:
Visit www.iirusa.com/feieurope, Call: +1.941.554.3500, Email: register@iirusa.com 
Please mention your priority code when registering to save 15% the standard and onsite rate: FEIEMEA12BlOG

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The top 8 reasons I can’t seem to get anyone else at my company to embrace innovation

Maybe this rings a bell for you: You want to launch an innovation program at your company but you can’t get any support.

I talk all day to people who are interested in innovation. They know in their hearts that embracing innovation is the only way their organizations will flourish. They know the only way their company can compete in the difficult economic climate we face is to adopt an innovative approach. These people I talk to fall in love with the idea of collaborative ideation; assembling all of their smart people while they share ideas and other information of interest. They yearn to allow their cohort to find others within the company who are like minded; with common areas of interest.

Yet when the innovation topic is brought up, their managers turn a deaf ear. Management at their company tells them that they agree innovating is key, but “we all have day jobs”. No one at the company is really allowed to spend time on special projects.

Often these companies go so far as appointing a new Chief Innovation Officer. But then this new senior executive doesn’t get enough budget or doesn’t get enough people to do much. Every senior executive realizes that innovation is the way to go. It’s just that no one is sure what steps to take to get there.

More specifically they face some of these obstacles (tell me if any of these sound familiar)…

1. The new innovations the company pursues are the result of ideas that come from the HPPITR (the Highest Paid Person In The Room). A group of workers, their creativity taken away, stifled and discouraged, all decide the boss’s idea is the best one. This system is easy to adopt because those in power have great confidence and no one will voice any opposition.

2. If anyone on the team, besides the boss, submits an idea, they don’t get any feedback or acknowledgment. The idea goes in a hopper, the inventor never finds out if there is any action taken on his invention. There’s no reward for this creative behavior. There’s no reason to ever submit another idea.

3. Even if the company is open to new ideas, there’s no process to manage submissions well. Ideas are put into a list. Someone has to manually sort through ideas (the poor shmo). At its best these ideas go into a spreadsheet which is emailed to a group of managers who first rank them and then email them back. Because these ideas are never enhanced or flushed out, they’re judged based on their original formation and frequently rejected as being ill advised.

4. Creativity is stifled whether by rule or by action. If the average worker bee becomes an expert at their jobs and suggest informed improvements, they’ll be reluctant to opine regularly when management stresses that individual contributors are to only focus on their assigned tasks. There’s no time allotted for innovation. “We’ve got no time to dedicate to innovation. We need to focus on our ‘day jobs’”.

5. If one worker has an area of expertise, there may be no forum to communicate with others at the company with the same expertise. Perhaps these other people with common areas of interest are working in other company divisions and/or are located in other time zones. There’s no mechanism for any of these folks to compare notes or even to find one another.

6. We know innovation requires disruption and chaos. Yet, frank comments that can result in disruptive and innovative directions are considered shocking and unacceptable. No one in management is prepared for transparency. Thinking is done in isolation and in private. There’s no democracy because people are only allowed to follow “the chain of command”. If anyone picks up the banner for improved innovation or processes, they find no support from management.

7. Innovation is best realized using social media enabling people to connect and collaborate. Conservative team members, sometimes older employees, run the other way when social networks are discussed. There is no appetite for a collaborative ideation system.

8. Some senior people are believers themselves, but don’t believe anyone else on the team is. They believe the average person at their company won’t go through the trouble of finding the collaborative idea system, logging in, and learn how to use it. That’s quite a barrier and it’s called a self fulfilling prophecy.

But…have no fear… there’s a pathway out of this forest and into the light of an innovative world. It is possible (in fact inevitable) to get believers at the C-level to support innovation. It is possible to nurture a culture of innovation.

It requires a champion; in fact the more champions the better.

If you’re a believer; if you think your company must be innovative to succeed, then stand up now, make your case and keep on making it.

If you’re interested in learning some best practice approaches to getting everyone at your company on the innovation bandwagon, consider registering for an upcoming webinar covering this subject matter. On February 23rd, CogniStreamer, with our partner Cloverleaf Consulting, will present the top ten steps for addressing these issues. You can learn how to empower your people to participate in innovative behaviors and how to get management on board. You’ll hear how other organizations have successfully gained consensus, putting innovation at the forefront of their corporate mission. You can find the registration form here: http://bit.ly/zkgf5f


Ron Shulkin is Vice President of the Americas for CogniStreamer®, an innovation ecosystem. CogniStreamer serves as a Knowledge Management System, Idea Management System and Social Network for Innovation. You can learn more about CogniStreamer here http://bit.ly/ac3x60

Ron manages The Idea Management Group on LinkedIn (Join Here) http://bit.ly/dvsYWD .

CogniStreamer® is an idea management software tool. It is an open innovation and collaboration platform where internal colleagues and external partner companies or knowledge centers join forces to create, develop and assess innovative ideas within strategically selected areas. The CogniStreamer® portal is an ideal collaborative platform that invites users to actively build a strong innovation portfolio. In addition it provides a powerful resource for internal and external knowledge sharing. The CogniStreamer® framework is used by industry leaders such as Atlas Copco, Bekaert, Case New Holland, Cytec, Imec, Phillip Morris, Picanol and ThyssenKrupp. CogniStreamer® represents the best use of adaptive collaborative technology to harness human skill, ingenuity and intelligence.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Special 2012 Alumni-Only Curriculum for Past Front End of Innovation Attendees


Why should you return to FEI this year?

Each year, the Front End of Innovation celebrates the power of collective intelligence by creating an environment that empowers innovators to have the confidence to contribute meaningfully. 
No other event exists that attacks present and future challenges through content rich conservations and collaboration.

We know you have limited budgets to attend events each year, and want to be respectful of your time and investment. That’s why there are there Are No Repeat Performances. While other events repurpose content and speakers, we ensure fresh new perspectives from the hard to get speakers each year. 
The FEI main conference features 100% new speakers. No repurposed content.

PLUS - FEI 2012 features a Special Alumni-Only Curriculum - with new content and experiences created ONLY for past attendees.
  • Bonus time with Opening Keynote Dr. A.K. Pradeep and His Brain-Scanning Headset! (Tuesday, 5:30-6:00) You may not know Dr. A.K. Pradeep now, but trust us, you’ll be wowed by his opening night keynote Monday night on “Secrets of Appealing to the Subconscious Mind: The Role of Neuroscience’s in How We Decide.” After his talk, FEI Alumni only will have extra Q&A time with Dr. Pradeep. You’ll be able to ask him questions and try on his MYND creation: the world’s first full-brain, wireless, dry, EEG headset. Are you ready to have your mind read?  
  • Special Alumni Welcome Cocktail Reception (Tuesday, 6:00-6:30) Right after the Q&A with Dr. Pradeep, join him and your fellow alumni for a welcome cocktail reception in the Alumni Only room. This is a great chance to catch up with those you’ve met at past events, and get to know the people you’ll be spending time with over the course of the event in a smaller, more intimate group.
  • Bonus Q&A Time with Keynote Jeff Dyer, Author, The Innovator’s DNA (Wednesday, 5:30-6:15) Skip the lines at the book-signing! Jeff Dyer is the co-author with Clayton Christensen of the much buzzed about book The Innovator’s DNA. Join him after his keynote session for a special Q&A and informal discussion reserved exclusively for FEI Alumni.
  • Special Personal & Leadership Development Session (Thursday, 10:00-10:45) With the current pace of business, it’s hard to find time in the day to work on our own personal development, our personal brand. This is YOUR time to focus on YOU.  During this session, Mike Myatt, America's Top CEO Coach, Forbes Contributor, and Author of Leadership Matters, explores three key development areas essential to accelerating your career: Being a Better Leader, Staying Business Young, and Making Your Personal Brand Relevant.
  • Bonus Q&A Time with Keynote Rob Cross, Author, Driving Results through Social Networks (Thurday, 2:45-3:30) It is no longer possible to build a powerful sphere of influence and be a social media novice at the same time. Benefit from extra time keynote Rob Cross, Associate Professor in Management at UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce after his keynote for special Q&A and informal discussion with your fellow FEI Alumni.
Also New for 2012:

Celebrate Collaboration and Co-Creation.
Other conferences focus on what’s already been done. FEI’s all new CHALLENGE & CHANGE sessions leverage the collective intelligence of our fabulous attendees. After each session, work together to create a powerpoint that will be immediately distributable to your colleagues when you leave the event.

Intrigued? Downloadthe brochure to learn more!


* FEI Blog Readers receive 15% off the standard and onsite rate when registering, just mention code FEI12BLOG. 


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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

BMW, Adidas, Nestle Discuss Importance of Design at the Front End of Innovation


Attention Design Industry!  Design is invited to take a prominent seat at the innovation table.  

The Front End of Innovation EMEA now includes a 2-day track dedicated to Uniting Design at the Front End.  

Design applied to the Front End of Innovation is acting as a therapeutic lens across disparate functions within the organization.  This ultimately leads to a more successful innovation pipeline.

If you are responsible for industrial design, product design, user experience design, or design thinking at your organization, this program is designed specifically for you. 

Special design keynotes never before on the same stage:

Alberto Alessi, Legendary Design Guru & President, Alessi S.p.a

Benoit Jacob, Head Designer, BMW iBrand

Tap into a carefully curated group of both design and business leaders from Nokia, Hasbro, Tetra Pak, Nestle Purina, BMW Group Designworks USA, Fahrenheit 212 Europe, Adidas, Smart Design, Vestas Wind Systems, Segway, Telefonica, Royal College of Art, TomTom, Whirlpool, Airbus, and more to discuss, learn and share best practices for the following topics:
        
·         How to sustain design innovation over decades
·         Creating a design language in an ever changing mobile world
·         Realizing a design vision across-organizational silos
·         Identify the future of design within your organization
·         Successfully uniting the creative and FEI processes
·         How to succeed in designing an innovation organization
·         How to inspire and focus non-designers to see things differently
·         Rethinking the producer and consumer relationship

 Download the conference brochure for full event details.

To Register:
Visit www.iirusa.com/feieurope
Call: +1.941.554.3500, 

Please mention your priority code FEIEMEA12BLOG when registering to receive 15% off the standard and onsite rate.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Challenge & Change the Way You Innovate at FEI 2012


What is the Front End of Innovation (#FEI12) conference?

There is no ONE defining characteristic. It the combination of exceptional keynotes, powerful content, and distinctive experiences that make FEI the world leader in advancing innovation.

But, with all the conference options out there, we know it can be confusing. If you're deciding between FEI and any other innovation event, we've made it our responsibility to help you understand what makes FEI a truly unique, one-of-a-kind experience.
  • Celebrate Collaboration and Co-Creation. Other conferences focus on what’s already been done. FEI’s all new CHALLENGE & CHANGE sessions leverage the collective intelligence of our fabulous attendees. After each session, work together to create a powerpoint that will be immediately distributable to your colleagues when you leave the event.
  • Client Side Shows Up Big. In 2011, 75% of participants came from the client side, making the connections, story-telling, and best practice learning that much more valuable.
  • Mentor Program. If you're a first-timer, get paired with a veteran who can show you the ropes and help you maximize your experience.
  • Big Name Keynotes Mixed with Real-World Industry Case Studies. Innovation guru’s like Phil Duncan, Global Chief Design Officer at P&G * Jeff Dyer, Author, The Innovator’s DNA * and Chris Anderson, Editor-in-chief, Wired Magazine deliver expertise through storytelling, while real-world practitioners make the content actionable.
  • Remove Boundaries between Speakers and Attendees. There are no hierarchies at FEI. Everyone at the event is a senior leader with something to contribute. Choose from 8 different learning formats that encourage sharing, collaboration, and interactivity.
  • Unique Speakers that Inspire you Personally AND Professionally. FEI goes beyond the typical corporate case study. Hear from innovators like Brian Hart, who lost his son to a roadside ambush in Iraq, and created an affordable robot that defuses bombs so the troops don't have to. The result? Popular Science's "Best of What's next" and "Top 100 Innovations of the Year".
  • Six Conferences in One. FEI offers more options to customize your agenda. Benefit from 4 full-day Monday Summits: the annual Voc Summit, the annual Portfolio Management Summit, the all New Trends & Technology Summit, the all new Co-Creation Summit, OR a full day workshop on A Universal Framework for the Front End of Innovation.
  • Unmatched Pre-Event Networking. Other events post a list of attendees on-site. We allow you to connect beforehand with a unique facebook-like online program where you can see who else will be there, set up meetings with attendees, and ask questions of speakers BEFORE you arrive.
Each year FEI celebrates the power of collective intelligence by creating an environment that empowers innovators to have the confidence to contribute meaningfully. No other event exists that attacks present and future challenges through content rich conservations and collaboration.

Intrigued? Download the brochure to learn more!

* FEI Blog Readers receive 15% off the standard and onsite rate when registering, just mention code FEI12BLOG here.

Transformation Happens at the 10th Annual Front End of Innovation.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pinterest: A Dream-catcher for Creatives & CEOs



What's Pinterest?

There's been a torrent of media interest in a new social network called Pinterest lately.

In fact, it's being billed as the hottest social media trend of 2011-2012. The explosion of traffic to the start-up's site in less than one year (from 40,000 to over 3.2 million monthly unique visitors) is perhaps an explanation of the fascination and enthusiastic declaration of  it being "the Web's next best new Thing," combined of course, with the over $37 million in funding it's received.

For those of you not familiar to the site, it works as a pinboard or scrapbook, where users can create boards and pin links, photos, or videos and then share them with friends. Users can also follow other members and re-pin their content as well. The site is currently invite-only but users can also browse boards without signing up.

Currently, 70% of Pinterest's users are female and the site is getting a lot of interest from marketers and brands who want to engage consumers by promoting a lifestyle concept or get them to discover their products through a social medium. So it makes sense that as of now, the content being curated and shared leans very heavily toward fashion, home decor, food, and travel.

But what seems crystal clear to me is the site's potential to inspire and share beyond these categories and market segments. It can be used for play but it also holds potential for being fertile ground for innovation. The site is extremely visual and I can see it catering to creatives and dreamers in much the same vein as Behance, Tumblr and Vimeo do.

How?

Dreaming 4.0

Pinterest brings to mind to my bedroom walls where as a teenager I taped up photos, posters and collages of magazine cut-outs to remind me, inspire me and nurture my spirit. It is a good habit that I've never kicked. I know many artists and creatives who maintain dream or vision boards and sometimes carry quotes, pictures or inspirational items with them at all times. Web users regularly do this via bookmarking or sharing content.

From moleskin to iPad, cork bulletin board to sleek portfolio, the concept of organizing and storing your ideas, dreams and desires remains the same. Where are you currently storing your ideas?

Why not bring this dream-catcher process inside your company or use it to connect with your followers?

"Innovation" Pins on Pinterest

Inspire your team internally

Imagine an online pinboard dedicated to inspiring and connecting your team and other employees, allowing them to cultivate a vision and ideas together, fueling the fires of creativity and set the tone. By pinning items and tagging each other, they are collaborating and brainstorming ideas in a fun creative way that creates a strong, unified interest in your company's success.

Bring the innovation conversation online by pinning that new design, Superbowl commercial, song, gadget demo or street art that everyone needs to see. All hands on deck - Innovation warriors, come out to play!

Promote company culture externally


Pinboards can also be used to introduce and share your company's vision, mission and culture outwardly. Brands and figures like Whole Foods and Martha Stewart are already sharing via Pinterest. In this new marketing era of transparency, openness and connection, this avenue offers another way to delight your consumers by bringing them inside your corporation and showing them what you do literally and what you value.

Any social media marketer will tell you that consumers buy when they feel connected to a brand - that it reflects their shared values and aspirations and makes the consumer feel good about themselves.

Are you a creative? Are you a visionary? Are you a techie? A foodie? Connect with your peers and the people in that space, cultivate a following and then bring it back full circle.

Imagine being offered the opportunity to have a look at Guillermo Del Toro's, Walt Disney's, Anne Rice's or Steve Job's vision board, wouldn't you jump at the chance?

Have a company blog? Embed the Pinterest icon and invite readers to follow you.

Test, learn, gather insights


Pinterest may be used as a ideas bank internally but what about as a focus group? When you have a new idea or development in progress, you want to gauge interest and use failure as a learning experience. Pinterest's users share what inspires them on a very personal level.

Offer users the ability to pin your products or ideas or blog posts. Not only is it a great social marketing tool but you can use it to gather insights about your consumer base, your internal team or another audience.

What inspires them? What do they crave? What do they have in common? What are they saying about it?

Pin that new idea/concept/design and track how people react to it before actualization.

Take it to the people

You might ask people to pin photos or videos of themselves using your product, which may be used to reward your loyal customers by featuring them or for testimonials. Pass them the pin.

Take the marshmallow candy Peeps for example, it has such a devout fan culture that if you Google or Youtube it, you will find consumers doing way more than just eating them for Easter.


Untitled from 8/7 Central on Vimeo.

You might be surprised to see online fans videotaping Peep explosions in their microwaves or using them for artistic expressions in delightful out of left field forms such as Peep sushi creations.  Brands with similar devout fan culture, like Duct Tape or Lego, could easily reap the benefits of a user-generated pinboard.

You might run a contest asking users to submit ideas for a new product or just collect data about how they use the product to develop and innovate further.

The Myspace generation created a new wave of self-portraiturist, amateur photographers, using their mirrors and cameras to take candid shots of themselves and then posting them online that set the camera industry on a whole new design path.

Who knows what you might discover via Pinterest about your own concept and its use.

[Updated to add one more below]

From the Mixed Up Files of...


Libraries, museums and other institutions have practiced the noble art of information science and preservation for hundreds of years. Without much praise, social mediums such as Twitter, Foursquare, Flickr, Blogger, Instagram, Youtube and Facebook have done much of the same thing except that few people view them through that digital archives lens. That was...until Facebook owned it.


There's been a lot of fuss in the last several months about Facebook's major Timeline design overhaul. Call it what you will... curation, storage, archives, historical documentation, etc., There is a global collaboratory movement happening, preserving history (public or personal) has become a social phenomena.

Why not create an open, searchable, networked, digital channel that preserves your ideas, vision and creative passions for the future? Can you see the value of such a resource?

As inspiration for this post, I ran a search for "Zurich" on Pinterest since that is where the FEI team is headed next for Front End of Innovation EMEA. The results made me 'ooh and ah' but also validated my thoughts here:

  

Just look at those cool offices at Google Headquarters in Zurich!

Take caution though, Pinterest (n)etiquette restricts self-promotion so follow the rules and become a true part of the community before you begin sharing your own work. You don't want to be That Guy just talking about yourself all the time.

Lastly, remember to have fun. Play, explore and share - AND dream!

I have a few invites that I'd be happy to share with Front End of Innovation readers, please post your email address in the comments or contact me directly to request.

Feel free to connect with me at Pinterest too. A special thank you to Chris Brogan, whose own Google Plus post about Pinterest and its uses inspired me to write this - Inspiration is everywhere, don't forget to pay it forward.

For further exploration into social media uses within the  innovation process, you might be interested in attending our full-day "SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT: THE INTERSECTION OF CUSTOMER AND WEB 2.0" at the 6th annual Front End of Innovation EMEA in Zurich.

FEI Blog readers receive a 15% off discount on the standard and onsite rate by using code FEIEMEA12BLOG to register.

Valerie M. Russo is a Senior Social Media Strategist at IIR USA with a technology, anthropology, marketing and publishing business acumen.  She will be attending the 6th annual Front End of Innovation EMEA in Zurich, Switzerland on February 27-29, 2012, and covering the event live via Twitter and the FEI Blog. She is a published poet and also maintains a literary blog. She may be reached at vrusso@iirusa.com. Follow her @Literanista.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Assessing the State of Innovation: How Does Your Company Rate?

Join us for a new complimentary innovation webinar:


During engagements with Fortune 100 companies and at several executive workshops, Dr. Matheson has identified concerns among innovation leaders over the current state of innovation. Issues include disappointment with popular approaches to ideation and management of the innovation process. 


David will explore four “must-do” practices to improve the value returned by your innovation efforts. 

Participants will learn:

•    Better ways to identify winning innovation
•    Four “must-do” practices to improve innovation value
•    Why you cannot consistently predict winners, but you can develop a winning portfolio

Plus, all registrants will receive complimentary copies of the following white papers: "Assessing the State of Innovation", "Perfecting the Recipe for Breakthrough Innovation" & "Optimizing Product Portfolios with Advanced PPM"






Date: Tue, Jan 24, 2012
Time: 01:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour


Presenter: David Matheson, Ph.D. Co-Founder, President and CEO of Smartorg.


David has helped Sr. management of firms in the United States and Europe improve their results from portfolio management, product development, innovation, R&D, capital investment and strategy, and is an expert on measuring value and managing uncertainty. His practical experience covers a variety of industries, including printing, software development, biotechnology, telecommunications, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, manufacturing, electric power and entertainment. He is co-author of the best selling book, The Smart Organization: Creating Value through Strategic R&D and has authored numerous articles on innovation, portfolio management and decision making. In addition to being at the helm of SmartOrg, he is currently a member of the board at Photozini, Inc. and a Fellow with the Society of Decision Professionals. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University, where he currently teaches.

Here he is talking with Meet the Boss TV about corporate innovation:

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

How Does Google Stimulate Internal Innovation?

Has innovation plateaued in your organization?



A recent article in Fast Company stated: "Companies that succeed at innovation - Apple, Google, and GE, for example, have their own innovation DNA that exists independent of innovation managers."

In 2012, you must go beyond simply creating an innovation team, to truly creating a culture that breeds and rewards innovative thinking.

Hear from Google's Country Manager at The Front End of Innovation EMEA in Zurich to find out how they stimulate internal innovation.

Download the conference brochure for full event details.

Additional sessions focused on creating a culture of continuous learning include:

The Freedom to Innovate, and Why Corporations Should Consider Having a Separate Research Team
 - Alfred Yoakim, Nespresso R&D Leader, Nestle System Technology Center

Organisational Breathing: Embedding an Innovation Rhythm
 - David Thomas, Global Innovation Leader, MOS Program Manager (Innovation for Growth), Mars Incorporated

Who Else Will Be There?

FEI EMEA, The World Leader in Advancing Innovation, brings together innovation, R&D, product development and (NEW for 2012) product design executives.

Companies already registered include:

ABN Amro, Adidas, Airbus Deutschland, Alcatel Lucent, Alessi Spa, Altria Client Services, Antwerp Management School, Arcelik AS, Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen, AT Kearney, Ball Packaging Europe GmbH, BASF SE, Bayer, BBVA, BMW, Bostik SA, Celanese Emulsions GmbH, Claro Partners, CoCatalyst Ltd, Credit Suisse, DOKA, Dow Corning, DSM, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, Ericsson, Ernst & Young, Ethz, European Investment Fund, Farenheit 212 Europe, FIRMENICH Perfumery, Forbes.com, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, Grundfos Management, Gruppo Campari, Hasbro UK Ltd, Henkel, Hype Softwatetechnik GmbH, IBM, Imperial Tobacco Group, Innabler,  Innovation Leadership Network, Innovia Technology, Institute of Innovation & Environ, Intel Labs Europe, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Johnson & Johnson Medical, JTI, Kaba AG, Kaos Pilots, Kiln, Kraton Polymers LLC, Lantor, Lanxess Deutschland GmbH, Leiden Univ Res and Innovation Svcs, Magna International, Malaysian Technology Development Corporation, Mars Europe, Ministry of Manpower Singapore, Nestle, Nine Sigma, Nitto Europe NV, Nokia, Novartis, Oriflame Cosmetics AB, P&G, PDD, Philips, Philips Consumer Lifestyle, PRTM, Pureinsight, Rabobank, Rafaela Kunz, Royal College of Art, SABIC, Sabic Services Ltd, Sanofi Pasteur, SAP, Saxo Bank, SEB, Seek Research, Segway, Sherwin Williams, Siemens, SmartDesign, Starbucks, Strategos, Swarovski, Swiss Post International, Swisslog, Telefónica I+D, Tetra Pak, TomTom Int'l, Trend Desk, TRUMPF Maschinen Austria, Vestas Wind Systems, Volkswagen, Whirlpool Corporation, Wyndham Worldwide, and more

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

News Flash: Front End of Innovation 2012 Program Released


We are thrilled to unveil the full program for the 10th annual FEI: Front End of Innovation event taking place May 15-17, 2012, at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando.

Here’s the  the top 10 reasons to joins us at our 10th anniversary event:

1.         No Repeat Performances.  The FEI main conference features 100% new speakers. No repurposed content.

2.         Keynote Provocateurs: The best FEI keynotes yet deliver expertise through storytelling.
·         Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, Wired Magazine, Author, The Long Tail
·         Phil Duncan, Global Chief Design Officer, Procter & Gamble
·         Jeff Dyer, Author, The Innovator’s DNA
·         Michio Kaku, Famed Futurist, Physicist, and TV Personality

3.         6 Conferences in One: Benefit from the main conference plus either 4 full-day Monday Summits- the Annual VoC Summit, the Annual Portfolio Management Summit, the All New Trends & Technology Summit, and the All New Co-Creation Summit; OR the Full Day Workshop on A Universal Framework for the Front End of Innovation.

4.         Stories that Will Inspire You: Hear from innovators like Brian Hart, who lost his son to a roadside ambush in Iraq, and created an affordable robot that defuses bombs so the troops don’t have to. The result? Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New” and “Top 100 Innovations of the Year”.

5.         Make Meaningful Connections: Last year, we had 75% of participants coming from the client side, making the connections and story-sharing that much more valuable.

6.         Dissolve Boundaries between Speakers and Attendees: Choose from 8 different learning formats that encourage interactivity: FIRESTARTERS, CHAMPIONS, STORYTELLERS , FISHBOWL, SANDBOX, COINS, GREENROOM, CLASSROOM.

7.         All New Chief Innovation Officer Panel: Insights from those who’ve reached the top of the innovation field, including CIOs from Xerox, Dow Corning, and DSM.

8.         70 Real-World Case Studies: Break-out speakers worthy of the mainstage:
·         Karen Freidt, Lead, Navigation Center for Creativity, Collaboration, & Innovation, NASA
·         Gordon Jones, Director, Harvard Innovation Lab
·         Barry Calpino, Vice President, Breakthrough Innovation, Kraft
·         Bill Lunderman, Vice President, Global Strategic Brand Design, Colgate-Palmolive

9.         Special Alumni Curriculum: Been to FEI before? The 2012 event features special Q&A time with keynotes, personal development sessions, and bonus activities just for our past attendees.

10.        New Core Content Areas: featuring sessions on Reverse Innovation, Storytelling as a Core Competency, Design Integration at the Front End, Collaboration in the New Social Space.

FEI continually serves as the industry’s catalyst for change by masterfully facilitating the intersection of thinking and acting. Register now to lock in the lowest rate possible.

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