Top 10 Internet Links of the Week.


Happy Friday everyone! The long weekend is almost upon us! 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. Continue reading

Top 10 Internet Links of the Week 27th April 2012


Happy Friday everyone! Sorry for the lack of a list last week, I was busy treading the boards at an amateur musical production 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. Continue reading

Top 10 Internet links of the week – 13th April 2012


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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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. Continue reading

Top 10 Internet links of the week – 30th March 2012


Happy Friday everyone! 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.

  1. The Idea Pit; 5 Stupid reasons smart ideas fail – A very good explanation from John Bernard (@johnbernard) of the pitfalls of not managing ideas correctly. How many of you out there can read this article and relate to the points raised?
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Top 10 Internet links of the week – 23rd March 2012


Happy Friday everyone! 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.

  1. Denial and resistance versus self evaluation.  How to approach continuous improvement – Another great post from whatsthepont on continuous improvement and the constant battle faced by innovation professionals.  (Twitter – @whatsthepont)
  2. Creative Thinking and Idea Magnets – 11 Vital Creative Characteristics – Do you know people who seem to have an incredible ability to surround themselves with creative idea people? This article from the guys over at Brain Zooming (@brainzooming) look at the 11 characteristics of the creative person
  3. The Innovator’s Secret Weapon – Empathy Part 2 – I have been spending a lot of time recently at the Innovation Excellence (@ixchat) website and they really do have so good people writing articles. This one jumped out at me this week. A really good piece, go on take a look!
  4. Characteristics of Winning Communities for Social Product Innovation – I liked this post so thought I would share it. This looks at allowing both internal and external stakeholders adding value to ideas. A great thought provoking blog. (Twitter – @karin_wall) Continue reading

Top 10 innovation and ideas management internet links – weekly round-up 9th March


Happy Friday, Everyone! Here are my top 10 links of the week, hope you enjoy them. This week I will againbe adding Twitter IDs where possible so you can follow great Tweeters as well!

  1. The rise and fall of innovation at Yahoo – A very good article from the guys at Innovation Excellence about making innovation happen within organisations. A brief explanation of how Yahoo used to incubate ideas. (Twitter – @ixchat)
  2. Disrupting the public sector – A good post explaining how to innovate in the public sector, although it has an North American slant, it can be applied to government departments in any country really. (Twitter – @harvardbiz)
  3. Cupcakes and Innovation – Any blog that can explain innovation in layman’s terms has to be good right? This post jumped out to me today. Fantastic piece that really does explain the thought process around innovation. (Twitter – @TalentAnarchy)
  4. The value of crowd sourcing – We are all aware about how important it is to engage your employees to come up with ideas, however, what if you ask your customers to collaborate with ideas of their own? Take a look here for some research that has been carried out (Twitter – @masscustom) Continue reading

Top 10 innovation and ideas management links – weekly round-up 24th February


Happy Friday everyone! Here are my top 10 links of the week, hope you enjoy them. This week I will be adding their Twitter ID’s where possible so you can follow them as well!

  1. Does success kill innovation? This blog was recommended to me by one of our regular readers, I have spent a few hours over there the past week and this article has really stood out for me. It is the first of a series and will be good to follow. (Twitter – @e_r_coleman)
  2. Innovation and Stealing Shamelessly, one thing we always tell our members is to steal with pride when it comes to developing an innovation programme for your organisation. The great blog post re-enforces this thinking with some real life examples.  (Twitter – @vgalovski)
  3. The Learning Innovator – “The one common ingredient across successful and innovative organizations is the commitment to learning,” claims Bradley Bendle in learning cultures and innovation. A great article take a look and let me know what you think. (Twitter – @IXchat )
  4. Innovation Starts with a Vision – Paul Sloane looks at the innovation journey and how to create value in your innovation programme. Well worth a visit. (Twitter – @PaulSloane) Continue reading

10 Myths & Misconceptions about Ideas by Andy Beddows


Misconceptions about ideas can sink your ideas programme. But since we don’t want to see your hard work go down the drain, we would like to clarify a few points for you. These ‘Ten Biggest Myths’ are adapted from Ideas Are Free by Alan Robinson & Dean Schroeder, to whom we are most grateful.

Myth 1. Big, breakthrough ideas are the ones needed to gain any real advantage.

Fact – Big ideas are often highly visible, and are therefore easily discovered and countered by competitors. On the other hand, most small ideas remain proprietary because there is no natural mechanism for them to migrate to competitors. Over time, small ideas accumulate into a tremendous competitive advantage that is sustainable; the kind of advantage managers should be striving for.

Myth 2. Managers should focus on getting big ideas – little ones aren’t worth the time.

Fact – Small ideas enable an organisation to pay exceptional attention to detail. In many important aspects of business – such as customer service, responsiveness, quality, and managing costs – excellence means getting the details right. It is simply impossible to improve performance beyond a certain level without small ideas. A superior ability to handle details can allow an organisation to do things its competitors literally cannot do.

Myth 3. Without rewards, people won’t give in ideas.

Fact – Yes & No! Continue reading

Top 10 innovation and ideas management links – weekly round-up 10th February


Here is my round up of all the things I have been reading this week, as usual, there is no particular order, just things that have caught my eye.

  1. One of the questions we are always asked is regarding the tax implications of running an ideas programme within the United Kingdom. This article does a pretty good job of explaining it and it comes from a tax accountant.
  2. Found a great blog this week called The Employable. A great source of articles for the person looking for a job. Well worth a visit and spend some time there.
  3. Another blog that has recently linked into us vgalovski I have spent a few hours on this blog in the past week and the content is very good. Take a look for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
  4. One of the delegates from our last networking session has done their own blog post about the event and asking the question – Can Social Media Enhance an Ideas Scheme – Again, do take a look and see what you think. Continue reading

Top 10 innovation and ideas management internet links – weekly round-up 27th January


It has been a while, but we are back with our infamous top 10 list of things that have caught our interest and have been reading this week! As usual, in no particular order

  1. Excellent article about ideas generation
  2. Some great links within this piece about cutting bureaucracy in business
  3. What innovation can do for your life
  4. Linking ideas schemes with Six Sigma Continue reading