Thought Leadership

This page features recent articles written by InnoLead’s Strategic Partners. Twice a year, we also compile a handful of useful Thought Leadership pieces into a downloadable PDF called Pointers. See the latest issue of Pointers.

  • In a Digital World, In-Person Innovation Still Has Value
    As the debate on the future of work continues at many companies, KPMG’s Nicole Lord and Mike DiClaudio explain why purposeful in-person collaboration can help move innovation forward.
  • Three Innovation Lessons Learned from Launching Over 100 Digital Ventures
    As part of our ongoing venture studios and builders series, Sean Sheppard, Managing Partner of U+, shares lessons he and U+ have learned from building over 100 successful digital ventures. He dives into problem solving, business strategy, and making assumptions.
  • How Corporations Can Innovate at Startup Speed
    October 28, 2022
    Linda Yates, CEO and Founder of Mach49, shares an excerpt from her upcoming book, The Unicorn Within: How Companies Can Create Game-Changing Ventures at Startup Speed. She says, “Here’s the truth. You can succeed against clever new startups and beat them at their own game,” and shares other helpful insights…
  • Purpose and Perception Intertwine Tightly to Determine Success
    Tim Radville, Head of Brand Experience at Other Tomorrows, shares the how purpose and perception each affect one another. He shares best practices about brand storytelling and perceptions.
  • Building a Startup to Rapidly Solve Difficult Business Problems
    September 9, 2022
    Elliott Parker, CEO of High Alpha Innovation, shares how the venture studio built amplio, a cloud-based supply chain software that helps leaders detect problems before they occur, with Koch Industries. Parker shares how the process happened, and why building external ventures can be valuable for corporations.
  • Start With People: Building Digital Ventures the U+ Way
    September 8, 2022
    Sean Sheppard, Managing Partner at U+, explains how the firm focuses building its ventures around people, not products. He explains how the firm uses stage-relevant teams to make venture building easier for its clients. Sheppard will also join us for a webcast this fall, as part of our venture studio…
  • Is Your Corporation Ready to Build Startups?
    August 22, 2022
    “While external building is increasingly becoming a standard tool in the corporate innovation toolkit, for many organizations, external building is still new,” writes Elliott Parker, CEO of High Alpha Innovation. In this piece, Parker explains the support, access, and strategy corporates need to have in place before they’re ready to…
  • Answers to 10 of the Most Popular Tech Scouting Questions
    August 22, 2022
    As part of our Fourth Industrial Revolution series, Ludiwg Melik, CEO of Planbox, serves up answers to the most common questions he fields on scouting new technologies.
  • How U+ Helped Bridgestone Solve a Pandemic-Era Problem
    August 17, 2022
    U+, a venture builder, helped Bridgestone Corporation to build Firestone Direct, a service that sends a mechanic straight to customers or workplaces. As part of our venture studios series, Sean Sheppard, Managing Director at U+, contributed this case study to show the impact a studio can have on a corporation. 
  • Build, Buy, Partner, Invest… Spin-out? How Venture Studios Help Create Portfolios and Optionality
    August 2, 2022
    As part of our venture studios series, Ben Yoskovitz, Founding Partner at Highline Beta, shared his thoughts on why corporates might partner with a venture studio, the best way to do it, and what sets Highline Beta apart from other venture studios and builders. 
  • How Highline Beta’s Venture Studio and American Family Built a New Startup Together
    July 25, 2022
    As part of our exploration of the venture studio landscape, Marcus Daniels, Founding Partner & CEO of Highline Beta, shares the story of a successful partnership between the studio and Fortune 500 insurance company, American Family Insurance.
  • Buyer Beware: 3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Innovation Platform
    July 12, 2022
    Impulse shopping often ends poorly. We have all been there: placing late-night Amazon orders for kitchen gadgets we won’t use, buying junk-food at the market while we’re hungry, or getting those sort-of-ugly shoes that were marked down 75 percent that we end up never wearing. These types of purchases end…
  • Making the Case for Web3: Finding Your Way in a Vast Ecosystem of Opportunity
    May 31, 2022
    Web3 will fundamentally change the internet as we know it. But investing without a strategy won’t yield a high ROI. KPMG takes a three-step approach to help businesses learn the Web3 landscape, seize its potential, and launch successful pilot programs.
  • Sustainability is a Must: It’s Time for More Meaningful Innovation
    May 24, 2022
    As environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns rise, there is renewed impetus to adopt foundational, long-lasting practices that are consistent with the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Ludwig Melik lays out a path for progress.
  • Winning in the Metaverse: 5 Lessons Learned from Gaming
    May 11, 2022
    As more brands venture into the metaverse, they can learn a lot from the ever-evolving gaming industry. Here are five lessons to consider as you develop your strategy.
  • Transforming the Great Resignation into the Great Innovation
    Here’s how Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport created an e-learning course to promote the idea that everyone can — and should — participate in the innovation process.
  • 2022: A Year for Positive Transformation and Impact
    January 20, 2022
    “As we look to bounce back from the tragedy and challenges of the past two-plus years,” writes Wazoku CEO Simon Hill, “the tools of innovation will be critical, and those who get it right will emerge stronger, more agile, and future fit.” More of Hill’s perspective inside…
  • Don’t Brainstorm — Ideate
    December 17, 2021
    It’s hard to overstate this simple fact: the beginning of an innovation process is where the opportunity lives or dies. If you don’t set the stage for innovation with the proper context, you won’t achieve the kind of outcomes that can transform your business. Ray Tilkens Given that fact, it’s…
  • Make the Right Bets on Emerging Technologies
    December 8, 2021
    The term “unprecedented disruption” has been so overused it has almost lost its meaning. However, as the pandemic continues to turn business models on their heads, it is increasingly clear that the future of business is being rewritten before our eyes. This piece offers five tips for making the right bets…
  • How Great Design Will Inspire the Next Generation of Ingenious Solutions
    November 18, 2021
    Ingenious design is found everywhere in today’s competitive business landscape. John Edson and Brett Lovelady of PA Consulting discuss how to bake design into company culture, and the lessons designers can learn from top brands, such as Apple.
  • Why Startup-Corporate Partnerships Matter Now
    September 6, 2021
    Startup-corporate partnerships play an increasingly important role in the corporate innovation journey and startup evolution. Catarina Madeira and Irina Sigalovsky of MIT provide an overview of InnoLead’s latest research report.
  • ​Three Experts on Redefining the Role of Design in Your Organization
    July 22, 2021
    Three experts from PA Consulting share advice and best practices on reinvigorating a company’s approach to design.
  • The American Jobs Plan Innovation Managers Needed
    June 16, 2021
    A look at the $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan, from Roy Levy of Spyre Group. One challenge Levy highlights: the capacity of local governments and large businesses to work with, and source from, fast-paced startups and small businesses.
  • The Innovation Equation: Balancing Inside-Out and Outside-In
    June 4, 2021
    Finding the sweet spot between inside-out and outside-in activity should reflect the current and future business outlook for your sector, how much disruption your corporate culture will embrace, and whether there are enough folks in your organization with an entrepreneurial mindset to make the pursuit of innovation a reality. 
  • Democratizing Data: How Organizations Can Eliminate Silos
    June 3, 2021
    From sales and supply chains to finance and tax, even the best-managed organizations have scrambled to become more agile and collaborative. Despite some temporary fixes, it’s clear that taking decisive action in a constantly changing environment is hindered by data that remains heavily siloed by function and department.
  • Do the Hard Work to Make Innovation Easier
    June 1, 2021
    More than ever, companies must have a robust innovation capability to develop solutions that meet changing customer and market demands…
  • How To Monetize Your Digital Bank
    March 23, 2021
    How can banks shape digital banking business models to be attractive to customers and profitable in the long term? Deloitte embarked on a mission to answer this question with a new study. 
  • 911, What Are Your Innovation Emergency OKRs?
    March 8, 2021
    Corporate life expectancy is at an all-time low — down 300 percent since the 1980s. But why is it that an organization’s survival has become such a critical challenge?
  • The Blind Men & The Elephant: An Open Innovation Blueprint
    December 4, 2020
    Businesses no longer have the same amount of knowledge about a situation, nor can they accurately predict its outcomes. This trend is paving the way for an entirely new generation of open innovators.
  • To Drive Innovation Success, You Need These Safety Belts
    November 12, 2020
    Kevin Bolen, Global Head of Market Intelligence at KPMG LLP, offers three guiding principles for managing periods of disruption and uncertainty.
  • How Would You Reimagine School?
    September 11, 2020
    In two months, education underwent a shift faster than it had in 200 years. How might we adapt to remote learning, while also using this moment to reimagine education?
  • Digitizing Innovation: A Call to Action
    September 7, 2020
    Digitizing the management of startup ecosystems is no more daunting than managing complex processes in sales, marketing, or supply chain automation. Get best practices…
  • How Can You Foster Purpose-Driven Innovation?
    September 1, 2020
    Every innovator is motivated by the desire to create positive impact in the world. But the positive effects often have unintended consequences.
  • Where Should You Focus Innovation Resources?
    September 1, 2020
    During times of massive cuts, the building blocks for innovation are vulnerable — despite innovation being more important today than ever before. But what happens next? 
  • What Should You Look For in an InnoLead?
    September 1, 2020
    The best innovators recognize that discipline is not innate. We have identified five key areas leaders should focus on in order to build a strong innovation discipline. 
  • Living in the New Reality: The Reinvention Ultimatum
    July 29, 2020
    Fiona Grandi of KPMG LLP shares a simple framework to reinvent your business strategy across five primary pillars: employees, customers, financial model, supply chain and ecosystem, and unknown-unknowns.
  • Why Underinvesting in Innovation is Riskier Than Ever
    June 26, 2020
    As the world grapples with the current public health crisis and its long-tail impacts on society and the economy, many CEOs and their boards of directors are looking for reasons not to invest in innovation.
  • Batten Down the Hatches and Innovate
    June 15, 2020
    Leaders navigating the uncertain seas of innovation are a lot like sailors preparing to brave a long journey. Planbox offers tips on preparing for a storm ahead. 
  • From Our Sponsors: Advice for Challenging Times
    April 21, 2020
    We asked our strategic partner firms to share their latest resources and advice for corporate innovators who are grappling with uncertainty.
  • Seven Techniques to Tell a Great Innovation Success Story
    September 24, 2019
    Everyone loves a good story. Stories are a great way to inspire, engage, and share lessons learned, and this is especially true for companies that want to step up their innovation game. Without stories, everything is just a report.
  • How Do You Launch a New Business?
    September 24, 2019
    Through waves of technological change, the Bose brand has remained synonymous with state-of-the-art sound. But like many successful companies, as it faces new competitors and blurring industry boundaries, the company’s search for new growth has forced a kind of existential dilemma: Are we an audio company? Or something more? 
  • How Can Failures Fuel Learning?
    September 24, 2019
    Failure in some of your innovation initiatives is, more often than not, inevitable. The lack of visibility into the ROI of innovation activities and the fact that today’s duds can sometimes become tomorrow’s commercial successes tells you everything you need to know about this problem. Innovation remains the most elusive…
  • How Do You Unlock Innovation?
    April 24, 2019
    Ingenuity isn’t the preserve of a select few. It’s the fundamental driving force of humanity. It pushes us all to go further, faster, and it’s central to innovation. Get five aspects of agility that can help your team unlock innovation.
  • Can Corporate Innovators Learn to Dance?
    April 24, 2019
    The tension between operational excellence and transformational growth has been exposed. Find out how your company can balance the two…
  • Sure, You Should Act Like a Startup…But Can You?
    April 24, 2019
    Big companies know they should act more like startups, but how do you actually achieve that culture in your organization? Get insights from our partners at IDEO…
  • Extending Your Business in the Digital Era
    October 4, 2018
    In the digital era, both extension strategies are viable. Look at the choice from the point of view of companies who are incumbents in their industries.
  • 10 Most Popular Innovation Management Questions
    October 4, 2018
    Here is a collection of the most popular innovation management system questions we have been asked over the years and strategies to address them.
  • Does Measurement Kill Innovation?
    October 4, 2018
    Measuring innovation can feel sterile, uninspiring, and judgmental. Here are three subtle changes to your measurement process to improve your program…
  • Accepting the Challenges of IoT
    October 4, 2018
    Understanding the challenges of IoT will open unimagined opportunities—changing the way you do business, even changing the nature of your business…
  • How Does the ‘Power of Yes’ Apply to Innovation?
    February 9, 2018
    Why, you ask, the power of yes? And, how the heck does the power of yes connect with innovation? Find out more from the Nason Group…