Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a good Easter weekend and are back all rested and creative? Here are my top 10 links of the week, hope you enjoy them. As always, I will be sharing the Twitter accounts so you are able to follow them.
- A Rubik Cube Approach to Innovation – Another fabulous post from Paul4innovating (@Paul4innovating) in this article, Paul compares innovation to solving the Rubik cube and explains how innovation, like the cube, is a puzzle with many moveable parts.
- Want Breakthrough Ideas? First, Listen To The Freaks And Geeks – A very interesting blog from Brian Millar (@arthurascii) looking at how to drive product innovation forward it is good to consult the extreme users of that product. It makes sense really and if more organisations took these points on board there would be far more innovation!
- Where Innovators and Entrepreneurs Intersect – One of the blogs I make sure I read on a regular basis is the Innovation Excellence. This piece from Nicolas Bry (@nicobry) is one post that stood out for me this week. Nicolas looks at what defines both Innovators and Entrepreneurs and the crossover between both. Well worth a read!
- What it Really Means to be Disruptive – Stumbled upon this page from another blog I was visiting this week. This post by Phil Martie (@philmartie) is a good introduction to disruptive innovation.
- 10 Tips for Successful Innovation Teams – One of the questions I am always asked is ‘How can we make our innovation programme successful’ this has been answered really well in this post by Carl Fudge (@carlfudge) over at Innovation Management. Fabulous post!
- 4 Perks Employee’s love – More and more recently I have been getting involved with the wider area of employee engagement not just innovation and ideas. Erik Sherman (@eriksherman) has produced this great little article on the best perks to offer an employee that will keep them engaged. Simple really.
- Sheryl Sandberg Leaves Work at 5:30. Why Can’t You? – I once worked with a great leader who told me that if I can’t do all my work within an eight hour day then he has failed me as my manager. Jessica Stillman (@EntryLevelRebel) has a great piece about the COO of Facebook and the issue of having a good work/life balance.
- Get your employee engaged – Something a little different for number 8, this is a great video on YouTube from Doug Conant, former president and CEO of the Campbell Soup Company, where he explains how to improve staff morale. Well worth 5 minutes of your time to view.
- DMAIC for innovation – This post from Braden Kelley (@innovate) got me really excited this week. I first came across Six Sigma when I was working for GE back in the late 90s and completed both Green and Black Belt training before I left in 2001. I can’t do the article any justice here, so I would recommend you go and read it, then read it again!
- And finally… The fun part of this post… I don’t know if any of you watched the new Ricky Gervais show Derek on the television Thursday night, but he played this clip from YouTube (SFW) on the show. I dare you to watch it and not start singing Hamster on a piano. I know it is silly and stupid, but even we innovators have a fun side!
Well that is my top 10 links for the week, hope you are all looking forward to the weekend?