How to find the sweet spot for your innovation project? #innovationVirgins

Tips for first-time corporate innovators

In this series of posts we help corporates that soon will make the big jump to start their first big innovation project. You might feel uncomfortable. Don’t worry… we’re here to help. ;)

Business innovation projects need a different mindset

You want to generate extra revenue for your business, right? But where do you start? Just tweaking your existing product or service offering will not make a big difference. Business innovation projects similar to the ones we are running are focused on finding new offerings, potentially for new markets. In general we see that innovation teams or their stakeholders in bigger corporates are not used to this kind of break-through challenges. So, here’s a starter. Read more

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The One Thing Your Team Wants You to Stop Doing

The other day, on the sidelines of a conference, a bright young manager sought my advice. “I’ve tried using different leadership styles, but I can’t seem to dispel my team’s sense of disengagement,” he confessed. “I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong.”

“Why don’t you ask your team?” I asked him. Read more

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How to Manage Conflict in Virtual Teams

Employee conflicts can be poisonous. We have all experienced the damage to productivity, crushed creativity, and squashed morale. As Kevin M. Campbell, Accenture’s Group Chief Executive, Technology, notes, “All too often, I’ve seen that personal conflicts derail costly projects and important initiatives.” Unresolved employee conflicts are bad enough in a traditional, physical workplace. They are all the more dangerous in a virtual environment, where people don’t have the luxury of proximity to work their differences out face-to-face. Read more

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Managing Stakeholders in Team-Based Innovation: The Dynamics of Knowledge and Trust Networks

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Purpose – Team-based innovation requires a balance of creative and pragmatic processes both within teams and between teams and their organizational stakeholders. However, prior research has focused primarily on the internal team dynamics that facilitate innovation, paying comparatively little attention to team-stakeholder dynamics. This study addresses this limitation by studying the impact of team-stakeholder networks and shared cognition on the effectiveness of innovation Read more

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2go set for availability on smartphones

2go, Africa’s popular mobile social network, is making its phone app available to smartphones. At the same time, the company has announced that it will be growing its software development team.

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Group Intelligence Correlates With Social Aptitude, Not IQ

Considering the complexity and global nature of business today, work is nearly always a team activity, and often those teams are embedded in ever-shifting networks. A new field of study, collective intelligence, is measuring the ability of teams to solve problems. This research is yielding powerful insights into improving the performance of networks, teams, and other collective groups. One breakthrough finding shows that collective intelligence is variable and measurable and — most surprisingly — correlates more with the social abilities of the team members than with the team’s aggregate individual IQ. Read more

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How We Finally Made Agile Development Work

Many software products benefit from a continuous improvement model, and for the teams working on them, increased agility is inevitable. Yet, despite dozens of books on the subject, thousands of eager coaches, and a multitude of software vendors hawking products to make agile development “easier”, many companies struggle to get to a point of true agility (i.e., being agile instead of “doing agile”). Read more

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