Contributing an Opinion Piece or Case Study to Innovation Leader

Innovation Leader welcomes submissions of story pitches or finished stories from leaders in corporate innovation, R&D, design, strategy, new product development, and other roles. Some guidelines and samples of previously published pieces are below, as are topics that Innovation Leader regularly covers. Pitches or finished pieces should be submitted to editor@innovationleader.com.

Guidelines

 We exclusively publish pieces from writers who are currently in a corporate role, or who have left a corporate role within the last 12 months.

 Our goal is to share candid stories and actionable advice that will be useful and helpful to our community. That may take the form of an opinion/advice piece; a list of suggestions or learnings; a case study about a project or initiative; an annotated set of slides or photos; etc.

 We require that all submissions have not been published previously elsewhere.

 We work with contributors to edit and, when necessary, add photos and illustrations to their submissions. Contributors will see a final draft version of their piece before it runs for review.

 Once a piece is published, we promote it on our social media channels and in our email newsletter. We invite you to do the same.

 We also publish selected pieces in our print magazine, Innovation Leader, which is read by 25,000 innovation, strategy, and R&D executives.

 We ask that you don’t republish the piece in its entirety on your own blog, website, LinkedIn page, Facebook, etc. (Three to five paragraphs from the opening is fine, with a link to the piece on Innovation Leader.)

 We are happy to “un-gate” the piece for a few months after its initial publication so that anyone can view it, without a membership to Innovation Leader, and so that you can share it more widely.

 We occasionally publish excerpts from newly-published or soon-to-be-published books that may be of interest to innovators in large organizations.

 Contact editor -at- innovationleader.com with ideas, or any other questions.

Sample Pieces

 Three Tips on Better Stakeholder Engagement from Nestlé’s Innovation Director

How a Team at Intel Tackled a Big Challenge: Transforming Hiring and Work Habits

Pfizer’s Daniel Seewald: Where Design Thinking Breaks Down—and How to Avoid It

How We’re Building a Culture That Supports Innovation at Chick-fil-A

Setting Up the Innovation ‘Shop’: Former Starbucks VP Shares Her Advice

Achieving Innovation Balance: Advice from Cambia Health’s Chief Innovation Officer

So You’re Trying to Innovate in a Heavily-Regulated Industry…

Six Tips from Eastman Innovation Lab on Managing a Distributed Team

Three Keys to Longevity for Corporate Venture Capital Groups

Want to Win at Business Model Innovation? Put These Four Pillars in Place

Topics of Interest

This is a list of topics based on our past surveys of the Innovation Leader community; it’s intended to spark or guide your thinking — but not limit it.

 How to spur cultural change / risk-taking

 Spotting emerging technologies and disruptive trends

 Building communities / networks of innovators

 Metrics, reporting, dashboards

 Co-creation with customers

 Operationalizing/rolling out successful projects into the business

 Governance and ideal organizational structure for innovation groups

 Interacting with startups and the entrepreneurial ecosystem

 Co-creation with suppliers & business partners

 How traditional R&D organizations need to change

 Innovation to reduce costs and streamline operations

 Lean startup methodology

 Hiring / talent issues

 Training employees / running workshops

 Academic relationships & sponsoring university research

 Various models of innovation labs or initiatives by business type

 Internal, cross-divisional collaboration for innovation

 Incubation models

 Creating communities of practice

 Gaining organizational support for innovative methods

 Taking innovation beyond “just incremental”