Lean Startup Mindset

A Lean Startup Mindset Ignites Amazon-Like Innovation

The best, most innovative companies in the world are experts in finding new business models while ensuring their current paradigms run smoothly. They protect their cash flow and revenue-generating portfolio. But above all else, they are always evolving to not only stay ahead of the competition, but also deliver on shifting customer expectations.…

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How 3 Companies Created An Ecosystem for Innovation

How 3 Companies Created An Ecosystem for Innovation

What is common between Cisco, GE, and Intuit? They all knew that before they could disrupt markets and competitors with breakout innovations, they first had to disrupt themselves. And fast. In order for innovation to come from anyone, anywhere, always (our definition of intrapreneurship), they all shook things up in their own unique way. Let's…

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Intrapreneurship: The Answer to the Millennial Problem

Intrapreneurship: The Answer to the Millennial Problem? [Part 2]

We recently looked at some of the issues around millennial engagement and retainment, and wondered if intrapreneurship is the answer to the millennial problem. By investing in intrapreneurship programs and in an intrapreneurial culture, companies increase their chances of attracting and retaining the millennial talent they need to drive innovative…

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Intrapreneurship in 2017

Intrapreneurship in 2017? 5 Leading Trends in Corporate Innovation

Intrapreneurs deliver faster than hierarchy, noted Gifford Pinchot recently. When speed and agility increasingly make the difference between winning and losing, it's no wonder companies large and small are experimenting with ways to foster innovation from within. Intrapreneurship done well not only leads to promising and profitable new products…

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true innovation culture

What a true innovation culture looks like, and why you need it

It used to be that innovation was the province of start-ups - small, usually tech-focused companies, in markets defined by rapid change. No more. Rapid change is the norm across industries. And maintaining the status quo is no longer sufficient to effectively compete. Neither is it enough to simply develop new products - true innovation is…

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Five Key Tenets of Cultural Intrapreneurship

Five Key Tenets of Cultural Intrapreneurship

In my last article I made the distinction between structural or procedural intrapreneurship and cultural intrapreneurship. Structural or procedural intrapreneurship is focused on the business or product that is the outcome of an intrapreneurship initiative, while cultural intrapreneurship focuses on using intrapreneurship experiences as a…

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5 Stories of Intrapreneurship:

5 Stories of Intrapreneurship: New Revenue Streams, Talent Development And Agile Transformation

In the last 5 years we were proud to feature on stage a wide range of great intrapreneurship case studies shared by a diverse group of 100+ corporate innovators. It's hard to pick favourites, but if you're wondering how intrapreneurship is done in other companies (and what you can learn from their successes and mistakes) and why companies like…

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What's in the box for thinking outside the box?

What's in the box for thinking outside the box?

On the outside it's not much more than a simple cardboard box, but Adobe Kickbox definitely counts as – and encourages – outside the box thinking. It's everything a would-be innovator needs to generate, prototype, test and iterate a new idea – all packaged up neatly in a small red box. Peek inside to find a set of printed instructions, notebooks,…

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An innovation revolution: Cisco's Innovate Everywhere Challenge

An innovation revolution: Cisco's Innovate Everywhere Challenge

You know it's true: the digital revolution is changing the way we do business and forcing organizations to reinvent themselves. Instead of relying on their traditional way of doing things, Cisco decided to rise to this challenge by embracing the call for reinvention and creating a cultural transformation within their organization. They wanted to…

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4 Keys to Successful Intrapreneurship

4 Keys to Successful Intrapreneurship

Intrapreneurs often don't have job descriptions- and if they do, most of their actual work is probably done outside what's written down on that piece of paper. It's the role of the intrapreneur to find new and disruptive ways of doing business, deliver innovative products and services to the market, and foster a culture of innovation to maintain…

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Disruptive innovation

Why big companies are losing when it comes to disruptive innovation (and how to get back on track)

Companies have money and resources, so why is it so hard for them to excel in groundbreaking, disruptive innovation? Just before the iPhone was announced in 2007, BlackBerry phones were the most popular on the market. However the iPhone, with its revolutionary touch screen, turned the BlackBerry into an archaic device. Instead of turning to…

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The Crowd Within - Crowdsourced Innovation Inside Companies

The Crowd Within - Crowdsourced Innovation Inside Companies

This is a chapter from the book Crowdsourced Innovation - Revolutionizing Open Innovation with Crowdsourcing by Catharina Van Delden. Re-published with permission. From an outside perspective, innovation and idea management within a company seems like one of the most exciting jobs possible – determining the future of a company by analyzing trends…

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