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When Should An Innovator Quit Their Job?

There are a number of inspiring success stories when it comes to corporate innovation. A few examples include Frito Lay’s Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Google’s GMail, 3M’s Post-It Notes and McDonald’s Happy Meal. Despite these successes, being a corporate innovator or intrapreneur is not easy. It can be frustrating trying to

A Better Way To Think About Success With Innovation

In the corporate world, a lot of people feel that they should be putting their best foot forward. No one wants to admit failure. Such a culture is a problem for innovation. Leaders need to redefine what it means to put your best foot forward. In the best-selling book Originals, author

Is Your Innovation Project Condemned To Succeed?

The idea that any project might be condemned to succeed sounds like an oxymoron. But when it comes to innovation, the expectation that any one specific project should succeed can feel like condemnation. This is because the best way for companies to find good innovative ideas is for leaders to

Do Corporate Innovation Programs Produce Results?

There are very few companies that lack innovation programs. Innovation programs are often bigger than innovation projects and will house more than one innovation project. There are many different examples of corporate innovation programs including idea competitions, corporate incubators, innovation boards and corporate venture capital. The main challenge with corporate

Three Signs That Innovation Has Power And Legitimacy In Your Company

A majority of leaders now view innovation as one of the top drivers of growth for their company. This means that company leaders can no longer treat innovation as a side show. To ensure that innovation succeeds in driving growth, it has to be accorded equal status to the core business. This

Is Your CEO A World Class Innovation Leader?

Without leadership support, most corporate innovation programs are dead on arrival. Grassroots movements can have some early success. However, if they remain within the grassroots, their long term prospects are poor. The corporate antibodies that attack innovation programs are just too strong. Within established companies, the long term success of