Most Recent articles & case studies

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    Book Excerpt: Trust Will Prove Vital to Building Resilient Innovation Organizations


    In the new book 6Ps of Essential Innovation, author Michael McCathren outlines how organizaitons can build a roadmap for becoming a resilient innovation organization. For many, that begins with the people inside the organization. So how can you reimagine trust and communication inside your organization? This excerpt from McCathren’s book will help guide you. 

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    Q&A: Setting Up a New Innovation Function from Scratch


    Jim Suchara joined The Doctors Company, a $1.2 billion malpractice insurance carrier, in September 2021. We spoke with Suchara, the company’s Chief Innovation Officer, about entering a new organization to spur innovation.

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    Goodyear Executive Shares a Roadmap for Company’s Sustainability Goals


    Ellis Jones, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, explains how the company’s Global Sustainability Team does its work and highlights how metrics have helped move progress forward inside the organization.

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    7 Tips for Introducing Ideas to Leadership


    “Remember that one person’s idea is another’s cost,” writes veteran entrepreneur and executive Mohan Nair. Here are his tips on how to bring new concepts and ideas forward to leadership — even in non-traditional ways. 

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    How Ag Provider Nutrien is Making Sustainability Goals Core to the Business


    Mark Thompson, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer at multinational crop nutrient company Nutrien, shares how embedding sustainability into the core business and ethos of the company can create platforms for growth.

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    Photos: Our Impact 2022 Conference in Brooklyn


    We loved seeing everyone back in person for our most recent Impact conference. Check out some of the best photos from our keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking sessions in NYC. Plus, find details on registering for our next Impact conference on the west coast. 

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    Member Spotlight: Cait Brumme, MassChallenge


    Cait Brumme is the CEO of MassChallenge, a Boston-based network that supports early-stage startups. We spoke with her about her role as CEO and the importance of prioritizing innovation at companies as part of our IL Member Spotlight series.

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    The Corporate Blueprint that Helped Make Oshkosh a Sustainability Leader


    Vehicle manufacturer Oshkosh Corp. offers a model for companies that want to understand how to set up a sustainability practice. For the third consecutive year, Oshkosh has been named to the 2021 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) and has been recognized as a Barron’s Top 100 Most Sustainable Companies. We talk to Chief Sustainability Officer Kevin Tubbs.

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    Three Traits that Make Sustainability Leaders Successful


    Effective sustainability requires multifaceted, open innovation, says Professor Ashley George. As President and Founder of the nonprofit Tech for Good, George shares three key traits that make business leaders successful at building a sustainable practice.

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    How $1.5 Billion Materion Set Up Sustainability Governance and Reporting


    The reporting structure of Materion’s six-member sustainability team was set up with the intention of embedding sustainability into company’s strategic planning, decision-making, and core operations. We talk to Jon Newton, the Cleveland company’s Global Director of Sustainability.

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    What It Takes to Build a Successful New Venture


    Building and launching new ventures inside large organizations is no easy task. In this Master Class replay, Sean Sheppard of U+ unpacks the most powerful lessons and insights that he has gained after over 20 years of experience bringing new products to market. 

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    How to Make Ethnographic Interviewing Your Superpower: 5 Tips


    Learning how to do ethnographic interviews takes a lot of practice — and time. But if you are eager to learn more about what customers say vesus what they actually do, here are five tips to help you get started, from contributing columnist Matt Mueller.

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    At Enviva Biomass, Focusing on Four Goals to Achieve Net-Zero by 2030


    Founded in 2004, Eniva Biomass set out to create a renewable, low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels. It is now the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, used to generate heat and electricity. Its goal: operating as a net-zero emissions company by 2030. We talk to Kim DuBose, Director of Commerce and Sustainability.

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    Member Spotlight: George Dunning, Canada Post


    George Dunning is Director of Innovation at Canada Post, a federally-owned Crown corporation and the primary postal service in Canada. We spoke with him about his open innovation framework, and the challenges of innovating inside a large corporation and as part of our IL Member Spotlight series.

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    The 9 Myths of Measuring Innovation


    In the new book Innovation Accounting, authors Dan Toma and Esther Gons lay out nine of the common innovation myths of measuring innovation. 

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    How AT&T is Setting Sustainability ‘Stretch’ Goals and Driving Progress


    AT&T is not waiting on government regulation to make its sustainability goals and reporting transparent. Shannon Carroll, AT&T’s Assistant Vice President of Global Environmental Sustainability, shares his advice for companies that want to jumpstart their sustainability efforts or enhance their existing work.

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    How to Change an Innovation Skeptic’s Mind


    While it’s tempting to ignore skeptics, they can improve your idea if they feel included from the beginning. Innovation strategist Matt Mueller shares a techique to help shift perspectives and propel innovation foward.

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    Podcast: Who are the Unsung Persistent Innovators?


    In this bonus episode of the Persistent Innovators miniseries, InnoLead covers six more persistent innovators in various industries – including food and beverage, manufacturing, and telecom.

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    Buying Coffee in the Metaverse: How Fiserv Thinks About the Future of Payments


    Alvin Cho is Vice President of Product & Engineering for Digital Innovation and Transformation at Fiserv, and he oversees the company’s Developer Studio, a set of APIs and tools that make it easy to integrate Fiserv’s offerings into all sorts of new and existing products. We spoke with Cho about the objectives of the Developer Studio, how learning drives innovation, and how he’s approaching the metaverse.

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    Useful, Usable, Scalable: The Model $7B SAIC Uses to De-Risk New Ventures


    One tool that tech integrator SAIC relies on as it works to develop a portfolio of new offerings is a Maturity Model. It helps the company “to rapidly discover, with minimal investment, whether something begs to be invested in — or not,” explains VP Heath Starr. Details inside.