In the last 12 months we've hosted 500+ online sessions covering everything corporate innovation A-Z, welcoming 5,500+ corporate innovators to gain new insights, learn new approaches and discuss solutions to their challenges.

We crunched the numbers and compiled this list of the most popular session recordings of the last year for you to watch. Grab your notebook and a pen, and enjoy!

#1 | How Invincible Is Your Company - Tendayi Viki & Alex Osterwalder

There has been a significant shift in leadership attitude towards innovation. Leaders now value innovation as their most important driver of growth. But even as leaders have become more interested in innovation, they still struggle to create the right structures and processes within their companies. So how do we fix this gap between aspiration and capabilities?

This is what Alex and Tendayi addressed during this Ask Me Anything session. They illustrated how leaders can manage their portfolios to ensure that their company is innovating beyond the core business, develop the right programs to avoid innovation theatre and create the right culture to support and nurture innovation.

#2 | Finally, A Framework For How To Build Businesses From Innovation - Frank Mattes

In this session, Frank guided us through the Lean Scaleup™, the Best Practice framework for building businesses from innovation.
This framework was co-created with 20+ industry leaders. More than 30 companies already apply it.

Learn more about
- the three core capabilities your company needs to build
- how to get validation in the corporate context right
- how to transition from validation to Scaling
- how to orchestrate Core and Innovation along the innovation journey

#3 | Measuring Innovation Progress and Communicating Innovation Investments - Dan Toma & Esther Gons

The uncertainty associated with innovation needs to be managed. Yet in order to be able to manage something, it first needs to be measured and understood. Unfortunately, traditional financial accounting metrics have not evolved to address the needs of innovation management, and it’s unlikely that accounting standards will change in the near future. Therefore, organizations often revert to using lagging financial indicators such as profit and loss (P&L) and return on investment (ROI) to measure the progress in innovation.

While these might be useful indicators for the core business where the degree of uncertainty is small, for innovation they feel like trying to steer a car on a highway, looking in the rear-view mirror. This is due to the fact that the results occur far too late in the idea’s life-cycle to inform its actual development. Thus, an innovation accounting system becomes a mechanism of evaluating progress when all the metrics typically used for mature businesses are effectively zero. Esther Gons and Dan Toma, co-authors of the new book Innovation Accounting, shared how you can measure the progress an innovation team is making and contaminate all the investments in innovation to your executives.

#4 | Transforming DBS into a 28,000-person Start-up Through Culture by Design - Paul Cobban

Since 2009, DBS has been reimagining banking through digitalisation and a fundamental shift in organisational culture and mindset. With data and design-thinking at the forefront, Paul set out to transform DBS to a digital platform company around a culture-based vision that is reflected in the way we work and solutions we create, an achievement recognised by Harvard Business Review (2019 Top 10 Business Transformations of the decade).

Paul Cobban shared three secret leadership mantras that has helped DBS to transform into more than 28,000-person start-up.

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#5 | Why Do Most Business Ecosystems Fail - Ulrich Pidun

It is widely acknowledged that business ecosystems offer great potential. However, there is a hidden and inconvenient truth: most business ecosystems fail. Research by the BCG Henderson Institute found that fewer than 15% were sustainable in the long run.

Based on an analysis of more than 100 failed ecosystem, Ulrich Pidun addressed the most prevalent reasons for ecosystem failure, identify early-warning indicators and explain how to improve the design and governance of an ecosystem in order to increase the odds of success.

#6 | Is Agile Killing Stage-Gate® - Paul Heller

This is a question that is on the minds of many people. Stage-Gate® can appear waterfall in nature and therefore can seem in conflict with the Agile methodology. Both methodologies are targeted at reducing risk but do so in very different ways. Stage-Gate® adds a level of rigor that can seem counter-productive to people working in an Agile process and lead to people doing everything they can to avoid it. And Agile processes can seem to “loose” for those who require the structure of Stage-Gate® and this misperception can lead to friction in the other direction.

Often times conflict arises as a result of an incorrect process being pushed onto the wrong part of the organization, sometimes leading to unintended and undesired consequences. In this session Paul Heller explored these two methodologies and how they can both complement and conflict with each other. We discussed strengths and weaknesses of each and identify where and how they can be used together to achieve a better end result than either alone.

#7 | Ideas Are Not Enough: What’s Your Innovation ROI - Suzan Briganti & Mary Ann Bianco

Many innovation leaders can report the number of Ideas their internal innovation programs have generated. But if you throw your hands up at calculating the business ROI of these ideas, you’re not alone.

In this session, Mary Ann Bianco, former VP at Oracle, and Suzan Briganti, CEO and Founder of Swarm Vision, took a deep dive into calculating innovation ROI in large organizations.

#8 | ING Neo: How to Create an Innovation Enabled Organization? - Lieven Haesaert

ING has built a strong reputation in the banking sector, as recognised by Global Finance magazine’s Innovators 2020 awards, which named ING the most innovative bank in Western Europe. With the launch of ING Neo since January 1st of this year, ING is taking the next step in their journey – by combining all its innovation activities into one dedicated business area.

In this session, Lieven explained what were the lessons learned for ING that led to ING Neo.

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#9 | Psychological Safety For High Performance - Laura Delizonna

Psychological safety is the number one driver of performance and is essential for creating an inclusive environment where everyone can bring their best.

This highly actionable “how to” session equipped you with the research-based key actions leaders can take to foster psychological safety. You learned the 5C's of psychological safety and gain a sample of simple tools to enhance their ability to promote psychological safety in 1:1, team, and supervisor relationships.

#10 | How to Overcome Resistance To Change - Greg Satell

Make no mistake. Any change, if it is important and has real potential for impact, will inspire resistance. There will be some people who will hate it and seek to undermine it in ways that are dishonest, underhanded and deceptive.

Yet that doesn't mean you can't bring about the change you seek. Based on his award-winning book, CASCADES, Greg Satell explained through vivid case studies, the science and practice of how ideas spread and show how you can overcome resistance and make your brand of change a reality.

#11 | The Human Element - David Schontahl

How do you get people to say yes to a new idea or innovation? The deep assumption of most people in the business of creating change is that the way to sell an idea is to focus on heightening its appeal. We instinctively believe that if we add enough value, people will say “yes.” This reflex tends to lead us down a path of adding features to an idea and amplifying its benefits in order to get others on board. These activities and strategies designed to generate demand is a set of tactics David Schontahl and Loran Nordgren refer to in their book The Human Element collectively as “Fuel.”

But by focusing on "Fuel" to enhance attraction, innovators often neglect the other half of the equation – the "Frictions" that work against the desired behavior we seek in others. Frictions are the psychological forces that oppose and undermine change. In this session, David highlighted the frictions that operate against new ideas and innovation; describe the unexpected reasons why the ideas and initiatives they are most passionate about get rejected; and explain how to transform those frictions important catalysts for change. Here's the full recording of the session.

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