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Two Books for the Chief Innovation Officer

Organizations, embracing innovation, have taken the seemingly logical step of designating people to help “foment a culture of innovation.” Enter the chief innovation officer.People in this role must thread the needle. Taking too light a touch, they may be accused of cheerleading from the sidelines. Taking too heavy a touch, they may be accused of making a land grab for the functional roles of research & development and marketing.In this …See More
Sep 10
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Challenge Question Formation for Crowdsourcing

Organizationsthat pursue the inquiry-led form of collaborative innovation often have an outcome in mind. They may seek the “low-hanging fruit” of immediately actionable ideas. They may seek ideas that help to re-envision the business.…See More
Aug 28
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In Pursuit of “Actionable” Ideas

What makes an idea “actionable”?How does the practitioner increase the likelihood that their organization discovers them?See More
Aug 14
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What’s Good for the Innovation Management Goose

When we can be sure of nothing then we must be sure of the process by which we resolve ambiguity.See More
Jul 30
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Engaging in Real-Time Collaborative Innovation: From Share of Mind to Share of Market

 I continue to be amazed by the gifts people bring to the table, above and beyond whatever their title or role might indicate.See More
Jul 22
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A Father’s Guide to the Future of Work

Chief strategist Charlie Bangbang has experienced the first evolution of his practice of collaborative innovation at Dirty Maple by applying the blueprint.What lessons does he take about innovation management? About crowdsourcing? About leadership?Last fall columnist Doug Collins began the tale of how the Dirty Maple Flooring Company came to embrace the Digital Age through the practice of collaborative innovation. The latest, last episode appears…See More
Jul 15
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Measuring the Practice of Collaborative Innovation

How might we measure our practice of collaborative innovation? What story do we tell by the factors we identify and the indicators we track? Does the plot interest our audience?…See More
Jul 2
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Going forward, I will place myself more in the role of “question master.”

What might a virtuous circle of collaborative innovation look like?In this episode, our protagonists Charlie and Frankie review how the design of their practice reinforces itself from strategy to planning to execution to governance.…See More
Jun 17
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Are all ideas created equally? How might we tie the right metrics to the right ideas?

In this episode, Charlie shares with Frankie a map for how the organization might track the ideas surfaced through the Idea Mill Program. Are all ideas created equally? How might we tie the right metrics to the right ideas?Last fall our columnist the innovation architect Doug Collins began the tale of how the Dirty Maple Flooring Company came to embrace the Digital Age through the practice of collaborative innovation. The latest episode appears below. Readers may navigate the full series …See More
Jun 3
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No Margin, No Mission: Funding an Innovation Management Program

In this episode, the leaders of the Idea Mill Program for Collaborative Innovation engage Dirty Maple CEO Harry Lundstrom to secure funding for the long term.How might the organization fund a collaborative innovation program—and justify doing so? What space—physical and conceptual—does this funding open for people?See More
May 26
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Building Advocacy for Collaborative Innovation

The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age: Part 15Part fifteen of the series finds our protagonist Charlie Bangbang mulling sustainability.How might he help Dirty Maple sustain the momentum generated by the launch of their first collaborative innovation challenge? What motivates people to continue to engage? Is innovation part of everyone’s…See More
May 8
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The Dirty Maple Flooring Company Enters the Digital Age: Part 14

Part fourteen of the Dirty Maple Flooring series finds our leader Charlie Bangbang and his team resolving their first collaborative innovation challenge for the Idea Mill Program. How did it go? What did they do?And, is it wise to serve mett wurst for lunch, ahead of an afternoon collaboration session?See More
Apr 22
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Placing Time on Your Side for Collaborative Innovation

Time represents the persistent, substantive constraint to being effective within an organization. Can you have a moment of a sponsor’s time to share the benefits of collaborative innovation? Does the sponsor and challenge team perceive you as respecting their time once you persuade them to pursue the practice with you?This article speaks to time. What does it mean…See More
Mar 26
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Realizing one’s potential for leadership through collaborative innovation

Part twelve of the Dirty Maple series finds the Idea Mill Program for collaborative innovation bearing fruit in authentic, unexpected ways.Do we have the courage to nurture the right environment in the knowledge—the faith—that good outcomes will result? That people will see the chance to realize their potential for leadership, and take it?Lastly, is it wise,…See More
Feb 18
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Two Ingredients for Pursuing Externally Focused Innovation

Organizations increasingly seek new forms of innovation—and, for themselves, transformation—by engaging in co-creation with the suppliers, clients, and consumers that comprise their value streams. What insights might be gained from organizations that have begun to realize their potential for leadership by embracing openness as a core element of their charter?This…See More
Feb 4
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Does pursuing the practice of collaborative innovation make us citizens of the Digital Age?

Part eleven of the story of the Dirty Maple Flooring Company finds challenge participant Carlos Gutierrez embracing his role in the global economy.How might the practice of collaborative innovation help people find their way forward in the Digital Age?How might the practice give people a voice?Does pursuing the practice of collaborative innovation make us…See More
Jan 23

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Profession
Social Innovation
Company/ Organisation
Mindjet, Inc.
Location
Cincinnati
Website
http://www.innovationmanagement.se/author/doug-collins
Website
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dougcollins
Blog
http://innovationarchitecture.com/
Twitter
http://mobile.twitter.com/InnoArchitect
Keywords/ interests
Doug Collins serves as an innovation architect. He helps organizations such as The Estee Lauder Companies, Jarden Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, The Procter & Gamble Company, and Ryder System navigate the fuzzy front end of innovation.

Doug develops approaches, creates forums, and structures engagements whereby people can convene to explore the critical questions facing the enterprise. He helps people assign economic value to the ideas and to the collaboration that result.

As an author, Doug explores ways in which people can apply the practice of collaborative innovation in his series Innovation Architecture: A New Blueprint for Engaging People through Collaborative Innovation. His bi-weekly column appears in the publication Innovation Management. Doug serves on the board of advisors for Frost & Sullivan’s Global community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL).

Today, Doug works as senior practice leader at social innovation company Mindjet, where he consults with a range of clients. He focuses on helping them realize their potential for leadership by applying the practice of collaborative innovation.
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Two Books for the Chief Innovation Officer

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 20:15 0 Comments

Organizations, embracing innovation, have taken the seemingly logical step of designating people to help “foment a culture of innovation.” Enter the chief innovation officer.

People in this role must thread the needle. Taking too light a touch, they may be accused of cheerleading from the sidelines. Taking too…

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Challenge Question Formation for Crowdsourcing

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 9:30 0 Comments

Organizationsthat pursue the inquiry-led form of collaborative innovation often have an outcome in mind. They may seek the “low-hanging fruit” of immediately actionable ideas. They may seek ideas that help to re-envision the business.…

Continue

In Pursuit of “Actionable” Ideas

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 2:46 0 Comments

What makes an idea “actionable”?

How does the practitioner increase the likelihood that their organization discovers them?…

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What’s Good for the Innovation Management Goose

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 14:13 0 Comments

When we can be sure of nothing then we must be sure of the process by which we resolve ambiguity.…

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