Innovation 9: Spreading New Ideas by Bill Robinson Once a new idea emerges, how does it spread? Or, from a practical perspective, how can we enhance the spread of new ideas that are deemed beneficial? Diffusion of Innovation In the 1960s, Everett M. Rogers, in Diffusion of Innovations, attempted to answer these questions. His research, based primarily on farmers, has recently been popularized by Malcolm Gladwell. However, today, … [Read more...] about Spreading New Ideas
Innovation 8: Adapting to the Innovation Zone by Joshua Yarden The innovation zone is a conceptual space, which can be constructed in the creative mind. Cognitive, affective and behavioral capacities, including adaptability, critical analysis, extrapolation, synthesis, thought leadership, and project management can be cultivated for the purpose of traversing the distance between familiar and uncharted territory. Achieving success in the … [Read more...] about Adapting to the Innovation Zone
Innovation 7: Strategic Assessment Guides Innovation by Bradley Solmsen The New Oxford American Dictionary defines “assessment” as “the evaluation or estimation of the nature, quality, or ability of someone or something.” “Evaluation or estimation” - Many people assume that assessment is something you do toward the end of a given work cycle. I believe that best practices (in any field or endeavor), especially regarding attempts at … [Read more...] about Strategic Assessment Guides Innovation
Innovation 6: Organizational Support: Ready, Willing and Able by Clare Goldwater It is probably an obvious statement that in order for change to take place in an organization, the organization has to be ready, willing, and able to support that change. It is no surprise that even equipped with a fantastic new idea if there is no institutional will, there will certainly not be a way to make it happen. Nothing new there. So what can we add to … [Read more...] about Organizational Support: Ready, Willing and Able
Innovation 5: Deadlines Bring New Ideas to Life! by Jill Minkoff Mandatory and enforced deadlines provide boundaries that help bring new ideas to life. Without deadlines, it is possible an innovator will get stuck in a particular aspect of the innovation process. Without deadlines, the probable outcome of an innovation process may be death of the process and, subsequently, of the innovation. As Project InCiTE was being designed, deadlines … [Read more...] about Deadlines Bring New Ideas to Life!