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Innovation Showcase Replay — September 2021


At our recent Innovation Showcase Series webcast, in September of 2021, a dozen of Innovation Leader’s strategic partners shared software, services offerings, and other solutions that can help corporate innovators achieve more. Here’s a replay of the event.


2021 Impact Awards: Finalists and Judging Panel


We’re excited to announce the 18 finalists for our 2021 Impact Awards, which celebrate teams, initiatives, and individuals making a difference inside large companies — and for their customers.


Why Digital Transformation Programs are Not About Technology

2021-09-17T17:23:00+01:00By Ger Perdisatt, Director of Technology Strategy, Western Europe, Microsoft

“If you’re a leader expecting a technological silver bullet, a software panacea to all your business problems, without touching your people and processes,” writes Ger Perdisatt of Microsoft, “you’re going to struggle to derive value from a digital transformation program.” Here’s his advice on digital transformation, excerpted from the new book “60 Leaders on Innovation.”


New Book: Five Ways to Innovate Inside Bureaucracies

2021-09-16T19:43:00+01:00By ,

Trying to make something new happen inside a big, established organization is never easy. Eric Haseltine and Chris Gilbert’s new book, “Riding the Monster: Five Ways to Innovate Inside Bureaucracies,” provides a guide to avoiding the gnashing teeth of the corporate machine, rather than getting chewed up and spit out.


ExxonMobil Exec on the Three Questions Startups Should Be Asking Corporate Partners


Xinjin Zhao of ExxonMobil shares the top three questions he wishes startup leaders asked corporates during meetings, and other tips for successful relationships. 


What’s Changing in the Wine Business? Gallo’s Innovation Director Explains


Michele Sandoval, Director of Innovation at the winemaker E. & J. Gallo, says the past 18 months have been an interesting time for the wine and spirits industry, with consumers spending less time at social gatherings and in restaurants, more time at home, and unable to visit some of Gallo’s vineyards for in-person tastings of its higher-end brands. We pose five questions to Sandoval about her role and how the California company is staying ahead of recent trends in wine and spirits.


Why Well-Run Companies Continue to Fail

2021-09-13T11:11:00+01:00By Alex Slawsby and Dan Ostrower

In the 24 years since Clay Christensen’s book The Innovator’s Dilemma was published, Christensen and many others uncovered a long list of reasons for why well-run companies can flounder. Despite these insights — and the emergence of many new frameworks and methodologies — leading companies now lose their leadership positions more quickly than ever before. We know why well-run companies fail. The key question we must now answer is: “Why do they keep doing it?”

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FM Global VP Shares Tips for Nailing a Startup Partnership


Sujata Mehta, Assistant Vice President of Innovation at FM Global, shares insights on how to avoid common mistakes corporates tend to make when beginning a partnership with a startup.


The Changing Landscape of Corporate-Startup Engagement


How are the interactions between Global 1000 companies and startups changing? How do large organizations build the case for greater involvement in the startup ecosystem? What resources do they put in place? To answer those questions, and others, we conducted a survey in Q3 2021 whose respondents included both leaders in large organizations and entrepreneurs who are seeking to collaborate with large organizations. Here’s the 61-page slide deck collecting what we found.

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How Chinese Retailer Suning Group is Deploying AI and Other New Tech


Melody Jia, General Manager of Chinese retailer Suning International, shares shifts she’s seen with pandemic-era shoppers and how her team meets their needs. 


Why Startup-Corporate Partnerships Matter Now

2021-09-06T12:30:00+01:00By Catarina Madeira and Irina Sigalovsky, MIT Corporate Relations

Startup-corporate partnerships play an increasingly important role in the corporate innovation journey and startup evolution. Yet this topic has not been widely researched or investigated. Catarina Madeira and Irina Sigalovsky of MIT provide an overview of Innovation Leader’s latest research report.


Video: New Research on How Design Can Build Competitive Advantage


Innovation Leader’s Kaitlin Milliken and Scott Kirsner discuss findings from the publication’s “Design as a Competitive Advantage” series. John Edson, US Head of Design and Engineering at PA Consulting, also shares how members of the C-suite can support design.

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Thou Shalt Listen Well to New Perspectives

2021-09-03T13:00:00+01:00By Moisés Noreña

In his sixth commandment, Noreña explores how innovators can create and unlock the power of diverse teams.

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Commandment 7: Thou Shalt Act With Humility

2021-09-03T13:00:00+01:00By Moisés Noreña

In his seventh commandment, Noreña explores how humility can help innovation teams stay alive and create better experiences for end users.

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Escucharás Bien a Aquellos con Puntos de Vista Diferentes

2021-09-03T13:00:00+01:00By Moisés Noreña

En su sesenta mandamiento en esta serie, Moisés Noreña comparte la importancia de escuchar a personas con puntos de vista diferentes. 

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Mandamiento Siete: Actuarás con Humildad

2021-09-03T13:00:00+01:00By Moisés Noreña

En su setenta mandamiento en esta serie, Moisés Noreña comparte la importancia de utilizar la humildad para crear la más superior productos y servicios. 

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How Transparent Timelines Can Improve Startup Collaborations


Mori, a startup focused on extending the shelf life of products, hopes to use science to reduce food waste. CEO Adam Behren shares the factors that fuel constructive corporate-startup partnerships. 


Why Respect is Necessary for Corporate-Startup Relationships


Sumitomo Chemical is one of the largest chemical companies in Japan. And in its US branch — which has a small office in California and in Cambridge, Mass. — managers have a mission: creating next-generation products through corporate venturing and collaborations. 

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Member Spotlight: Elaine Chen, Tufts University


Elaine Chen is the Cummings Family Professor of Practice and the Director of the Derby Entrepreneurship Center at Tufts University. We spoke with Chen as part of our IL Member Spotlight series, which profiles our members.

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Former Techstars GM on the Importance of ‘Skin in the Game’


Notes Claudia Reuter, former General Manager at Techstars, sheds light on how to best marry startups and corporates, the best practices for startups looking to show their worth.

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Inside athenahealth’s Interactive Telehealth Dashboard


athenahealth’s Vice President of Research and Editorial Strategy shares why her team created an interactive telehealth dashboard that helps to collect and analyze consumer insights…


How BAE Systems Identifies “Win-Win” Opportunities with Startups


In 2018, BAE Systems reorganized its FAST Labs R&D division and added a Technology Scouting group. We spoke with Stephen Russell of FAST Labs to learn more about how it successfully partners with startups.


PepsiCo’s Demand Accelerator Takes Consumer Insights to Next Level


The Global SVP and Head of PepsioCo’s  Demand Accelerator program discussed the efficacy of the Demand Accelerator, the specific data PepsiCo uses, consumer trends in the food and beverage industry, and more.


Why CVS Created a Dedicated Venture Fund


During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers around the globe sought digital solutions, and patients sought at-home options for what would have been in-person visits.

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Redesigning the Rowing Machine at Hydrow


CEO Bruce Smith discusses how his team designed Hydrow, an at-home alternative to traditional rowing machines with live content and leaderboards…


How You Can Foster a Culture of Conversation (and Why It Matters)

2021-08-16T13:00:00+01:00By Eric Braun, Contributing Columnist and Senior Director of Innovation, RBS

Communication is not a bad thing, writes Eric Braun of Retail Business Services, but it’s very different from conversation. Inside, Braun offers a case study along with six tips for fostering a culture of constructive conversation in your organization.


New Data on Design in Large Companies


What role should design play in product and service innovation, as well as influencing overall corporate culture and process? In July 2021, we conducted a short survey to gather data and qualitative insights from corporate innovation, new product, strategy, and R&D leaders. Here’s a look at the results.


Co-Creation Tips from P&G’s 6-Year-Old Venture Program


When Leigh Radford started the venture creation unit inside Proctor & Gamble, she was tasked with creating the next billion-dollar business for the personal care company. “I’m a very big believer…[in] learnings ahead of investment, and that has really treated us well to make sure we’re not over-invested in things where the learnings aren’t solidified.” More insights from Radford inside….

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10 Strategies to Jump-start Your Innovation Commitment


It was all there—you had management support and set up an innovation strategy. You rallied stakeholders and ran idea campaigns. Participation was good. You gathered promising ideas and implemented some of them. Then, interest and engagement faded away. Everyone agrees that innovation is key to your organization, so why are ...

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Overcoming Legacy Thinking at Established Organizations


MGM Resorts President Atif Rafiq sat down to discuss the dangers of legacy thinking, the benefits of risk-taking in the innovation and career space, and his advice for creating a learning culture that benefits an organization. 


What Matters in Innovation: The Future of Technology Hubs


What matters in innovation as we move into the fall? KPMG International’s Alex Holt, Global Head for Technology, Media, and Telecommunications, discusses a recent report on global innovation hubs. In a recent survey of 800 executives conducted by KPMG, 39 percent of respondents said tech hubs are still important for ...

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IDEO U Leaders on Designing for Change


Innovation teams often have a vision for a better future, but making that vision a reality involves bringing others on board. Getting people at organizations to talk about change is easy. Meanwhile, effectively moving the needle can be a challenge. So, where do you get started?


Pandemic Lessons from the Salvation Army


Leaders from the Salvation Army share lessons from the pandemic, making budget adjustments amidst a health crisis, and implementing strategy changes across an entire organization.


How the Marlins Create a ‘Uniquely Miami’ Fan Experience

2021-07-30T13:00:00+01:00By , Image by Fredler Brave

Michael Shaw, Vice President and Head of Experience and Innovation for the Miami Marlins, discusses projects that create a unique fan experience, and explores the future of the game in a post-COVID world.


New Book Overview: The Brains and Brawn Company


Industry leaders combine physical innovation — like logistics, manufacturing, customer service, and quality control — with the digital. Rob Siegel’s new book explores…


Venture Capital — Silicon Valley Style

2021-07-27T10:00:00+01:00By ,

We drove out to Los Altos Hills, California to sit down with Hemant Taneja, one of venture’s power players to understand what’s on his mind half way through this year. Marcus Daniels, Highline Beta’s Founding Partner & CEO, also shares his insights.


Vox VP on the Future of Digital Journalism


Edwin Wong works with data to identify trends in Vox’s audience. That information can be used to identify stories that most interest readers…


What Matters in Innovation: Electric Vehicles


Innovation Leader’s Scott Kirsner joins Derisk CEO Alex Slawsby and Patti Mikula CEO of Hackworks to take a deep dive into the electric vehicle field. That includes Rivian’s cameo at the Blue Origin launch.

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​Three Experts on Redefining the Role of Design in Your Organization


Three experts from PA Consulting share advice and best practices on reinvigorating a company’s approach to design.


Podcast: P&G on How to Tie Design to Consumer Needs

2021-07-20T10:00:00+01:00By ,

Bringing designers in early can help companies execute on big ideas and create smoother customer experiences. But how do you get that right, especially if design isn’t baked into the culture, or if other functions tend to dominate the innovation process? This episode of Innovation Answered explores…


Top 10 Automakers’ Commitment to EV Innovation

2021-07-19T13:00:00+01:00By Matt Wolfinger, Data Visualization Intern

Is the future of the automotive industry electric? In 2021, a growing number of automakers are betting big that the answer is “yes.” Here’s our look at what’s coming down the road next.


Pursuing Four Sustainability Goals at Russia’s Biggest Grocery Retailer


With 17,000 stores across Russia, X5 is the largest retailer of food and groceries in the country. Find out how the company is addressing sustainability. 


Disney: Innovating at the Intersection of Physical & Digital


Jon Snoddy of Walt Disney Imagineering gave an inside look at the culture that makes his team tick and his vision for how the physical and digital worlds are converging. 


What Matters in Innovation — July 9, 2021

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What mattered in innovation this week? Innovation Leader’s Scott Kirsner joins Derisk CEO Alex Slawsby and MileZero Founder Robyn Bolton to discuss. 


How Manufacturer Leviton Found Opportunities to Innovate Amidst the Pandemic

2021-07-08T13:00:00+01:00By Curtis Michelson, Contributing Columnist

During the pandemic, sessions where engineers would sit down on-site with key customers and better understand their use cases for Leviton’s products had to change. Here’s how the lighting and wiring giant addressed that challenge.


Member Spotlight: Rick Robinson, AARP


Rick Robinson, the Vice President of Startup Engagement at AARP Innovation Labs, sat down with Innovation Leader as a part of our member spotlight series…

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Thou Shalt Bridge Heaven and Earth

2021-07-02T13:02:00+01:00By Moisés Noreña

Noreña explores how innovators can keep their team connected with leaders in the business units. That includes speaking the language of the business. 

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Thou Shalt Identify and Implement the Tools Needed to Innovate

2021-07-02T13:00:00+01:00By Moisés Noreña

From design thinking to agile to double diamond to lean, there are many innovation methodologies for corporate innovators to gain guidance from. Most often these leaders are left to their own devices to come up with the right amalgamation that will lead to success. In his fourth ...

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Identificarás y Implementarás las Herramientas para Innovar

2021-07-02T13:00:00+01:00By Moisés Noreña

En su cuarto mandamiento en esta serie, Moisés Noreña recomienda que los equipos usen la Metodología Unificada de Innovación. La metodología tiene cinco partes.

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Conectarás el Cielo y la Tierra

2021-07-02T12:02:00+01:00By Moisés Noreña

En su cinco mandamiento en esta serie, Moisés Noreña instruye cómo conectar los dos lugares. También, Noreña comparte las cosas que los equipos pueden hacer para realizarlo.


Ford Autonomous Vehicles CEO on Consumer Trust


Ford Autonomous Vehicles CEO Scott Griffith sat down to discuss the future of Ford’s autonomous vehicles program, recent trends in the mobility space, and the importance of building consumer trust. 


How Intel Gets New Tech Ready for the Olympics


How do you teleport two years into the future, and determine what will still seem cutting edge? That was the mandate given to the Olympic Technology Group at Intel…


What Matters in Innovation — June 25, 2021

2021-06-25T13:23:00+01:00By ,

What mattered in innovation this week? Innovation Leader’s Scott Kirsner and Kaitlin Milliken join Derisk CEO Alex Slawsby to discuss. That includes some of the innovation news that you may have missed this week, and why it matters for innovators working in big organizations.


Designing for Global Markets at Kimberly-Clark


Diapers, baby wipes, and toilet paper are essential household products that millions of families can’t live without. But how can these products be reimagined after spending decades on store shelves?


How REI Re-shaped the Customer Experience


REI’s Chief Experience Officer discusses the balance between pleasing customers and internal stakeholders, and the impacts of COVID-19 on the company. 

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Tennis Association CMO on Forging Stronger Connections with Fans


The US Tennis Association’s CMO shares storytelling tips and explains how her team stayed connected digitally with fan’s during the most recent US Open.


DICK’S Sporting Goods SVP on Finding a Common Language with Designers


Nina Barjesteh breaks down the process behind building the new VRST menswear brand and shares tips on finding the right time to bring ideas to senior leadership.


The American Jobs Plan Innovation Managers Needed

2021-06-16T16:16:00+01:00By Roy Levy, Spyre Group

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.

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How W.L. Gore Stays Agile by Celebrating Failure


In a recent interview with Innovation Leader, Linda Elkins, Head of W.L. Gore’s Innovation Center in Silicon Valley, shares insights on how she prioritizes innovation opportunities.


Inside the Data-Driven Strategy that Keeps Wayfair Agile


Fiona Tan, Wayfair’s Global Head of Customer and Supplier Technology, shared insights on balancing organic innovation with M&A, using data to stay agile, and more.

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Campbell’s Snacks Exec on Marrying Strategy with Creativity


Audrey Smith, Director of Visual Equity and Design for Campbell’s Snacks, shares details about her design process, the power of the designer’s mindset, and more.

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How the Pandemic Accelerated Digital Adoption in Healthcare


During a panel at the World Medical Innovation Forum, leaders from Bayer AG, Novartis Gene Therapy, and GE Healthcare shared how pandemic innovation has allowed the healthcare industry to make strides.


David’s Bridal CEO on Styling the COVID Wedding


David’s Bridal CEO Jim Marcum discusses how he’s navigating the future of the wedding business. That includes building an omnichannel experience to help brides shop from anywhere. 


The Innovation Equation: Balancing Inside-Out and Outside-In

2021-06-04T13:00:00+01:00By Stephanie Kim, Sr. Director, Enterprise Innovation, KPMG LLP; Zach Olson, Managing Director, KPMG Spark; and Jonathan Walker, Director, Strategy and Business Development, KPMG Spark

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. 


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Democratizing Data: How Organizations Can Eliminate Silos

2021-06-03T13:00:00+01:00By David Jarczyk, Principal, Innovation, KPMG LLP and Martin Sokalski, Principal, Advisory, KPMG LLP

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.


Inside InnovationX, Airbus’s Fully Autonomous Innovation Arm


At InnovationX — an innovation business unit of aerospace giant Airbus — about 60 globally distributed team members operate almost entirely autonomously, according to the group’s leader Christian Lindener. Senior leaders only get involved at roadblocks.


Do the Hard Work to Make Innovation Easier

2021-06-01T18:32:00+01:00By Cliff Justice, Principal, and Shannon Gilmore, Managing Director, KPMG

More than ever, companies must have a robust innovation capability to develop solutions that meet changing customer and market demands…


Adjusting Your Innovation Portfolio for Success


Our new issue of Pointers gathers advice from our Strategic Partners on creating a healthy innovation portfolio.


Four Tips on How R&D Can Work Better with Design


David Dombrowski of pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) considers being a translator between designers and innovators one of his main responsibilities. He shares four tips for innovators. 


Member Spotlight: Joshua Ness, Verizon

2021-05-26T13:34:00+01:00By ,

Joshua Ness is a Senior Manager at Verizon 5G Labs, where he predicts how 5G will work with other technologies. We spoke with Joshua as part of our IL Member Spotlight series.

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Thou Shalt Define Innovation for Your Organization

2021-05-25T13:00:00+01:00By Moisés Noreña

In his second commandment, Moisés Noreña explores the importance of creating an innovation wide definition of innovation.

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Thou Shalt Align With and Enrich Your Company’s Strategy

2021-05-25T13:00:00+01:00By Moisés Noreña

In most companies, there is a corporate calendar in which strategies are baked and resources are allocated. So, how do teams find a seat at the table? Moisés Noreña explores how teams can get there.

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10 Mandamientos Para la Innovación Consciente y el Crecimiento

2021-05-25T13:00:00+01:00By Moisés Noreña

En esta serie de videos, Moisés Noreña — un Exlíder de Innovación a Whirlpool, Allstate, y Moen — comparte 10 mandamientos para la innovación consciente y el crecimiento.

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Definirás Innovación Para tu Empresa

2021-05-25T13:00:00+01:00By Moisés Noreña

En su segundo mandamiento en esta serie, Moisés Noreña explora la importancia de definir innovación en una empresa.  

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Te Alinearás a la Estrategia de tu Empresa y la Enriquecerás

2021-05-25T13:00:00+01:00By Moisés Noreña

En el tercer mandamiento en esta serie, Moisés Noreña explora la importancia de alinear a la estrategia de su empresa y enriquecerla.

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Moisés’ 10 Commandments for Innovation and Growth

2021-05-25T00:13:00+01:00By Moisés Noreña

In this series, Moisés Noreña shares his “10 Commandments for Innovation and Growth” at established companies. 

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The Emergence of a Post-COVID Landscape


Members discussed the advent of hybrid work, how startup companies have fared during the pandemic, the sudden reliance on e-commerce, and much more. See notes from the gathering…


What Matters in Innovation — May 21, 2021


What mattered in innovation this week? Innovation Leader’s Scott Kirsner, Derisk CEO Alex Slawsby, and Highline BETA Founding Partner Ben Yoskovitz share. 


Building the Brand of Your Innovation Team: Advice & Tactics


How do you make sure your colleagues, and people outside the organization, are aware of your initiative and what you’re trying to achieve? Get from executives in pharma, financial services, transportation, and luxury goods


Has Your Organization Racked Up an Innovation Deficit?


Has your organization racked up an innovation deficit over the past year? Check the answers that describe dynamics your organization, and get an instant assessment of where you stand.


How Dana-Farber Leverages Partnerships to Advance Cancer Treatments


Lesley Solomon, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses how her team utilizes partnerships to get new treatments to patients faster. 


Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust from Anywhere


How can you level up your digital presence and keep teams engaged from home? Erica Dhawan, author of the book Digital Body Language, shares tips. 

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Member Spotlight: Michael Gudas, Liberty Mutual


Michael Gudas is the Director of Innovation Strategy & Operations for Liberty Mutual’s Global Risk Solutions Division. We spoke with Michael as part of our IL Member Spotlight series.

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What Matters in Innovation — May 7, 2021


What mattered in innovation this week? Innovation Leader’s Kaitlin Milliken, Derisk CEO Alex Slawsby, and KITE CEO Mark Silva share. That includes some of the innovation news that you may have missed this week. 


Cracking the Contract Conundrum

2021-05-06T13:00:00+01:00By Diana Joseph, Founder of Diana Joseph Consulting, and Nikhil Gargeya, Partnerships Manager at Activate

Nikhil Gargeya and Diana Joseph provide a framework for getting past the initial conversation into concrete action when it comes to large companies partnering with startups. 

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Learn the Amazon Playbook to Innovate Faster & Get Better Results


Jelena Joffe Weil and Peter Gardner share how Amazon has tapped into the startup ecosystem. That includes creating a repeatable innovation process, identifying the best partners, and overcoming internal barriers to innovation.

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Member Spotlight: Melanie Nuce, GS1 US


Melanie Nuce is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at GS1 US. We sat down with Melanie as part of our IL Member Spotlight series. 


Lundbeck’s CEO on Developing Breakthrough Medications


How do CEOs determine focus areas and allocate budget to R&D initiatives? Deborah Dunsire, CEO of Lundbeck — a phamaceutical company specializing in neurology and psychology — explains.


PayPal on Getting Design Involved Early in Innovation Projects


Daniela Jorge, Chief Design Officer at PayPal, shares insights on testing the Venmo credit card, getting design involved in innovation early and often, and the power of design thinking in large organizations.

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What Matters in Innovation — Apr. 23, 2021


What mattered in innovation this week? Innovation Leader’s Kaitlin Milliken, Derisk CEO Alex Slawsby, and SwitchPitch founder Michael Goldstein share.


P&G’s Global Design Officer on How Design Inspires Experimentation


Why do we trust Mr. Clean, outfitted in a white t-shirt with one hoop earring, to clean our homes, or the family of blue Charmin bears to sell us toilet paper? We speak to Procter & Gamble’s Global Design Officer Phil Duncan to learn more. 

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How Aerospace Giant Embraer Approaches Spin Outs


Only 23 miles separate Hollywood from LAX. During rush hour, this distance can take over one hour to traverse. However, EVE Urban Air Mobility imagines a future with air taxis that can make the trip in minutes.  


How Herman Miller’s Chief Strategy Officer Sets Priorities


How does Herman Miller’s Chief Strategy Officer look for opportunities outside of the core? Megan Lyon shares best practices and tips for other innovators in charge of strategy. 


What Startups Teach Corporates about Venture Failure


Failure rates are high for startups and new ventures launched by established corporations. But do these failures follow similar patterns and have comparable causes? What can startup founders and corporate innovators learn from each other about how to avoid new venture failure? Scott Kirsner, CEO of Innovation ...


Corporate Innovators Talk Cost-Cutting and the Need to Reinvest in Innovation


During a recent conversation on the Clubhouse app, corporate innovators discussed weathering the COVID recession, pursuing breakthrough ideas, and corporate venture capital programs. 

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Why Shelf Space is One of the Most Important Metrics at Rust-Oleum


Bedri Erdem, VP of R&D and Corporate Quality at Rust-Oleum, shares insights on why shelf space is such an important metric in his company, why it sometimes causes challenges within the organization, and why it makes a good rule of thumb for killing projects.


How Moderna’s CDO Leverages Software & Automation for Speed

2021-04-13T18:00:00+01:00By ,

Moderna’s Chief Digital and Operational Excellence Officer shares insights on how the company’s digital infrastructure supported the design and production of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine.


Sonesta Hotels’ COO on Growth During a Pandemic


How did Sonesta grow from 58 hotels in November of 2020 to 1,200 locations today? Vera Manoukian, Chief Operating Officer, explains and shares how innovators can work with operation teams. 

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What Matters in Innovation — Apr. 9, 2021


What mattered in innovation this week? Innovation Leader CEO Scott Kirsner, Derisk CEO Alex Slawsby, and Sara Husk Chief Customer Officer of Planbox share. That includes some of the innovation news that you may have missed this week, and why it matters for innovators working in big organizations.


Member Spotlight: Tom Wagner, AstraZeneca


Tom Wagner is the Director of Digital Research, Knowledge Management & Market Intelligence at AstraZeneca. We spoke with Wagner as part of our IL Member Spotlight series, which profiles our members. 

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Innovation Emergency Objectives & Key Results


Defining the right innovation objectives and key results (OKRs) and key performance indicators (KPIs) can be the determining factor that helps innovation teams prove value. In this Master Class, Ludwig Melik and Sara Husk of Planbox share their best practices and research-based insights to help teams improve their OKR strategy. 


The Top 25 Most Influential Innovators

2021-04-06T16:00:00+01:00By , additional reporting by Scott Kirsner. Web design by Kaitlin Milliken.

2020 was a brutal year that separated a few forward-looking companies that continued to invest in innovation from the rest of the pack. From mRNA vaccines to streaming services to commercial spaceflight, here’s our list of the Top 25 Most Influential Innovators working inside big organizations.


Takeda's CTO on Building Technology Roadmaps


How do Chief Technology Officers build roadmaps to implement new technologies? And, how do they leverage data to innovate? Leo Barella, Chief Technology Officer at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, explains.


Video: How Frequently Should You Report on Metrics?


How Frequently Should You Report on Metrics? Innovation Leader’s Kaitlin Milliken and Scott Kirsner discuss findings from “Developing Innovation Metrics and Reports That Really Matter.” 


Video: How Mature are Your Innovation Metrics?


What are innovators at big organizations measuring to prove their value? And how mature are those metrics strategies? Innovation Leader’s Kaitlin Milliken and Scott Kirsner discuss findings from “Developing Innovation Metrics and Reports That Really Matter.”


How Bayer's Open Innovation Chief Overcomes Metric Challenges


Chandra Ramanathan, Global Head of Pharma R&D Open Innovation at Bayer, shares insights on what metrics his team measures, how he overcomes challenges in reporting…


Bosch VP: Create a ‘Diverse Funnel’ of Experiments


Uwe Kirschner of Bosch Innovation Consulting shared his team’s biggest accomplishments from 2020, as well as advice he wished he knew sooner…

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Inside the Year of Digital Solutions at U.S. Bank


This past year “demanded more from all of us than anyone planned — and the digital team at U.S. Bank was at the center of it all,” says the bank’s Chief Digital Officer…

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What Matters in Innovation — Mar. 29, 2021


What do you need to know to kick off your week? Innovation Leader’s Kaitlin Milliken, Derisk CEO Alex Slawsby, and IdeaScale CEO Rob Hoehn share.

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How Illumina is Building a Genomics Ecosystem


Amanda Cashin is the Global Head of the Illumina Accelerator, a startup accelerator that is dedicated to making human genome sequencing more accessible and useful. We spoke with Cashin about recent accomplishments. 


iRobot CEO on Managing & Supporting Innovation


As part of our recent Success Stories conference, co-founder and CEO of iRobot Colin Angle discussed the growth of his company and how he approaches innovation.


The Year of Athleisure, with Lululemon’s Chief Science Officer


Lululemon’s Chief Science Officer, Tom Waller shares why 2020 created lines out of their store doors and how the retailer keeps customers close when building new products.


Explaining the Five Stages of Innovation Maturity


Large organizations often want to know where they stand when it comes to innovation maturity, progress, or sophistication. We divide this journey into five stages, from “ad hoc” to “optimized.” These are our definitions of each stage, along with data about how many organizations fall into each one.


How To Monetize Your Digital Bank

2021-03-23T14:38:00+00:00By Shalina Vadivale, Deloitte Consulting LLP.

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. 


How This New Innovation Team is Figuring Out Its Metrics


Jodie Brinkerhoff’s innovation team at DFW Airport is relatively new, founded about two years ago. She shares insights on what has been working and what metrics she turns to…


Innovation Solutions Showcase 2021


At our recent Solutions Showcase, in March of 2021, nine of Innovation Leader’s strategic partners shared the solutions their team use to innovate with big companies.

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Utz Brands SVP on Tuning In to Post-Pandemic Trends


Over the course of the past year, people have spent more time perusing the pantry for favorite snack options. But as the world begins to reopen, companies in the snack foods industry may need to tune back in to pre-pandemic trends, says Shannan Redcay of Utz.

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How Companies Think About Innovation Budgets in 2021

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In a recent virtual gathering for members of the Innovation Leader network, executives shared their approaches to budgeting and funding in 2021.

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Inside the Innovation Pipeline at Fortune Brands


Moises Noreña, VP of Innovation at Fortune Brands, shares insights on the metrics that his team uses to gauge innovation. He also discusses overcoming challenges in identifying and reporting the right metrics…


Member Spotlight: Jeremy Tole, Azbil Corporation


Jeremy Tole discusses his team’s biggest accomplishment and best practices for working at an outpost across the ocean from headquarters. 

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Innovation Software Showcase 2021


At our recent Software Showcase, in March of 2021, eight of Innovation Leader’s strategic partners shared digital innovation tools that can help address common issues.


Should You Be on Clubhouse? 5 Benefits (and 3 Risks) for Professionals in Large Organizations


Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Gayle King are already on the Clubhouse app. Should you be? If you work inside a big organization, there are a different set of risks to weigh…


How CSAA’s Chief Innovation Officer Approaches Disruption


How do Chief Innovation Officers build a strategic pipeline of innovation activities? And, what do they do to influence culture? CInOs from CSAA and PA Consulting explain.

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Making Ideas Pay at Atrium Health


In this Master Class, Todd Dunn, Vice President of Innovation at Atrium Health and Tad Haas, Executive Vice President at edison365 discuss how Atrium Health designs for impact.

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What Matters in Innovation — Mar. 12, 2021


What mattered in innovation this week? Innovation Leader CEO Scott Kirsner, Derisk CEO Alex Slawsby, and Hackworks CEO Patti Mikula share.


Creating the Psychological Safety to Innovate at PayPal


Sri Shivananda, Chief Technology Officer at PayPal, discussed how the company creates its own digital solutions, and encourages a culture that empowers innovation. 

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Developing Innovation Metrics & Reports That Really Matter


To shed light on how large companies are creating metrics and reporting approaches that work well, we surveyed 196 professionals in large organizations in the first quarter of 2021.


Pivoting the Fan Experience at the Portland Trail Blazers


How did the Portland Trail Blazers innovate to keep close to fans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic? The team’s Chief Commerical Officer explains. 

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911, What Are Your Innovation Emergency OKRs?

2021-03-08T17:00:00+00:00By Ludwig Melik, CEO of Planbox

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?

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How Shell and AXA Approach COVID-era Corporate Venture Capital


Investors from the insurance firm AXA Next Americas and energy giant Shell shared how they’re approaching corporate venture capital in 2021.


PepsiCo’s Chief Design Officer on Embracing Failure

2021-03-04T14:00:00+00:00By Braden Kelley

Mauro Porcini, PepsiCo’s first-ever Chief Design Officer, offers insight on the intersections of innovation and design, methods for getting to the root of customer needs.


How to Apply Lean Startup at Big Companies

2021-03-03T14:00:00+00:00By Alexandru Darie, Contributing Columnist and former Strategic Director of Digital Innovation, Signify

Slides on applying the lean startup from the former Director of Digital Innovation at a lighting manufacturer. “Lean startup is not a bible,” he writes, but “rather a recipe book…”


Empowering an AI-First Organization with Anthem’s Chief Digital Officer


How can AI and machine learning provide patients with personal, preemptive healthcare? Rajeev Ronanki, Chief Digital Officer and Senior Vice President of Anthem, explains. 

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Two Big Themes from This Year’s World Economic Forum

2021-03-01T17:00:00+00:00By Imran Sayeed, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

While the pandemic and its repercussions permeated almost every discussion at the 2021 World Economic Forum, two big themes emerged for Imran Sayeed, a regular participant in the event: sustainability and reskilling.

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What Matters in Innovation — Feb. 26, 2021


What mattered in innovation this week? Innovation Leader’s Scott Kirsner, Derisk CEO Alex Slawsby, and CIC Captains of Innovation’s Carrie Allen share. 

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How Tyson’s CTO Is Using Big Data to Forecast COVID Spread


Because food distribution was labeled an essential business, Tyson Foods never shut down any of its plants. Right at the start of the pandemic — as early as January — Scott Spradley and his team began analyzing data to predict how infection might spread within them.


Building a Culture of Innovation at Delta Dental


How can organizations build a culture of innovation and effectively create buy-in for change? Sarah Chavarria, the Chief People Officer of Delta Dental, explains. 


Member Spotlight: Lisa Rothstein, Drawing Out Your Genius


Lisa Rothstein of Drawing Out Your Genius, discusses visual thinking, the importance of communicating ideas, and how anyone can learn to draw. 

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Mastercard CMO: Why Innovators Need to Speak ‘The Language of Business’


In this episode of One Quick Thing, Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing Officer of Mastercard, discusses how emerging technology plays into marketing and tips for telling innovation stories. 


3 Key Slides to Help You Deliver Innovation Value


Looking to find better ways to drive innovation value? The team at Innovation Leader wanted to share three slides that we have been using recently as part of our Best Practices Briefings, to help you think about how well you’re aligned with your organization’s overarching strategy.


How Four Different Innovation ‘Engines’ Drive Growth at Allegion


Rob Martens, Chief Innovation Officer at Allegion, shares his tips for engaging employees across an organization and keeping communication alive between departments. 

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What Matters in Innovation — Feb. 12, 2021

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In this installment: the launch of a disruptive new innovation consulting firm; Clubhouse starts attracting more than just Silicon Valley cool kids; and traditional automakers playing catchup on electric vehicles.


Ex-Amazonian Bill Carr Shares the Keys to Amazon’s Culture


Bill Carr, who spent 15 years at Amazon, shares how the company has maintained an innovative culture as it grew to a trillion-dollar operation. 


Don’t Call It a Failure (Use this Word Instead)

2021-02-11T16:00:00+00:00By Cyriel Kortleven, Contributing Columnist & Author, "The Change Mindset"

It’s time to stop talking about failures, and start talking about “nearlings,” says the Belgian author and keynote speaker Cyriel Kortleven. He explains what a nearling is in a short video.

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Three Services Bridgestone is Testing to Drive the Future of Car Maintenance


While car companies are always releasing new models, the way our vehicles get serviced has largely remained the same. But Bridgestone is working on several high-potential projects to modernize car maintenance.

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Member Spotlight: Tony Parham, Fidelity Investments


Tony Parham is the Vice President of Innovation & Strategy for the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology (FCAT) at Fidelity Investments. We spoke with Tony as part of our IL Member Spotlight series.


Party Lines, Clubhouse, and Reinvention as a Shortcut to Innovation

2021-02-08T14:00:00+00:00By Rick Robinson, Contributing Columnist & VP, Startup Engagement at AARP Innovation Labs

Rick Robinson, Vice President of Innovation at AARP Innovation Labs, shares why not every innovation needs to stem from novel ideas — all through the lens of Clubhouse. 

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Assessment: What Stage of Innovation Maturity is Your Organization At?


Welcome to IL’s Innovation Maturity Model assessment. This diagnostic is designed to help innovation, R&D, strategy, and new product development leaders understand the strengths and weaknesses of their innovation programs, and provide an instant score.

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5 Tips on Coping with Failure


As a part of our recent Success Stories online event, innovation executives discussed their honest experiences with failure — including best practices for getting back on your feet.

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Innovation Answered: Taking You Inside the C-Suite


Innovation Answered is back for its fifth season. And, we’re going inside the C-Suite of well-known, well-established organizations. 


5 Lessons from COVID-Driven Innovation at Whirlpool Corp.

2021-02-01T17:02:00+00:00By Christian Gianni, Contributing Columnist & Former CTO, Whirlpool Corp.

Christian Gianni, the former CTO of Whirlpool Corp., shares insights into how the Michigan-based appliance giant overcame those barriers during the COVID crisis…

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Tips From Capital One on Running Virtual Hackathons


Planning a virtual hackathon is much different than an in-person one, according to Jennifer Lopez of Capital One. She shares how her team worked to bring serendipity back with its virtual hackathons…

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Building, Scaling & “Unbossing” Innovation at Novartis’ Genesis Labs


Ian Hunt and Aimee Reynolds of Novartis’ Genesis Labs share insights on developing an effective innovation ecosystem that ensures that the best ideas bubble up to the top.

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Twenty Observations on Innovation in the US Dept. of Defense

2021-01-26T14:00:00+00:00By Jeff Windham, Chief Small Cal. Branch, Configuration Management Division CCDC-Armament Center

It’s harder to innovate in the government than in the private sector — that’s just the way it is — but it can be done. For those leaders and innovators who work inside the DoD system, here are some observations…


Member Spotlight: Tandi LeFranc, Pacific Life


Tandi LeFranc is the Director of Business Strategy Acceleration at Pacific Life. We spoke with Tandi as part of our IL Member Spotlight series, which profiles our members. 


Mastercard’s Chief Sustainability Officer on Getting Customers to Go Green


Kristina Kloberdanz, Chief Sustainability Officer at Mastercard, discusses programs and partnerships that encourage cardholders to make more sustainable choices…


Why Tapping Into Employee Insights is a Business Imperative

2021-01-19T14:20:00+00:00By Nikhil Marathe, Advisory Board Member, AT&T Innovation Network.

Organizations need to rely more and more on those employee insights, not least because employees know where the opportunities are.


CES 2021: Samsung, Google & Lucasfilm on Business Shifts


Executives at Samsung, Google, and Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic talk about business shifts they expect to endure in 2021.

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Member Spotlight: Heather Wishart-Smith, Jacobs


Heather Wishart-Smith is the SVP of Technology and Innovation at Jacobs. We sat down with Heather as part of our IL Member Spotlight series. 


Three Takeaways from Best Buy CEO Corie Barry’s CES Keynote


Within six months of starting her new position, Best Buy CEO Corie Barry had to lead her team through the disruptions of COVID-19. Find out how… 


Five Snacking Trends that Guide Innovation at Hostess


Hostess Brands’ new Vice President of Growth and Innovation, Tina Lambert, shares five trends in snacking and how Hostess measures success…

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How JetBlue Pivoted Its ‘Digital 2020’ Program In Its Final Year


When JetBlue launched a four-year digital transformation program called “Digital 2020” in 2016, no one expected the pressures of a pandemic in its final year.


How The Washington Post Created Tools to Cover Elections in 2020


In order to accurately cover an election pivotal to the country’s history, The Washington Post spent a year testing an election mapping tool and built a lead locator. Here’s how they did it. 


Stop Innovation Superhero Syndrome


Corporate innovators should avoid falling prey to “Superhero Syndrome,” argues Alex Slawsby, a former innovation director in the aerospace industry. Instead, they should think more like football scouts or orchestra leaders. ”As an innovation leader, you need to be involved in identifying people throughout the organization that can help you achieve something great,” Slawsby writes.

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How Reliant Energy and Google are Addressing a More Competitive Market


Utility companies typically aren’t known for innovation. But Texas-based Reliant, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, and partner Google are forging a new path…


How Activision Blizzard is Growing its Audience Beyond Hard-Core Gamers


Ken Wee, Chief Strategy Officer of Activision Blizzard, shares insights on esports, the company’s focus on its biggest franchises, investing in mobile games, free-to-play offerings, and more. 


Member Spotlight: Steven Rader


Steven Rader is the Deputy Director of the Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation at NASA. We sat down with Steven as part of our IL Member Spotlight series. 

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Making Transformation Happen at DBS, Charles Schwab


Leaders from DBS and Charles Schwab discuss how their industries are pivoting to meet new needs during the pandemic…

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Video: 2020 in Innovation


Here’s a quick look at the most significant events of the year — and how innovators rose to meet the challenges they presented.

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Merriam-Webster CDO on Getting the Digital Skeptics Onboard


Merriam-Webster’s Chief Digital Officer Lisa Schneider shares insights on avoiding digital fatigue and getting a traditional company on board with a large-scale digital transformation. 


7 of the Best Tools for Bringing Serendipity Back


One thing is painfully absent from the work-from-anywhere era: serendipity. We’ve been testing out tools that support serendipity this year. These are seven of the best.


Go for Launch: Alyce, Aryballe & Owl Labs


Three startups demo their products, including an artificial intelligence powered gifting platform, a 360 degree meeting video camera, and odor sensors.

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Mattel President & COO on Digital Innovation


Richard Dickson, President and COO of toy company Mattel, offers insights on speeding new products to market, sourcing ideas from employees, presenting ideas to leadership, and more.

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The 10 Best Things That Explain Amazon’s Culture of Innovation


What makes Amazon’s culture unique? Here’s a list of 10 articles and books if you want to better understand what makes Amazon tick.

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What Makes Amazon’s Approach to Innovation Unique


Lots of leaders talk like Jeff Bezos. But few organizations know how to create a culture with the right enablers to behave like Amazon.  Here’s some background to get you started…


Trek Exec on Tackling a Bike Shortage and Early R&D


Chad Manuell, Director of Engineering at Trek Bicycle, discusses the surge in demand for bikes and how his team approaches early innovation.


Citi CInO on Getting Innovation Out Into the World


Vanessa Colella, Chief Innovation Officer at CitiBank, discusses how she defines disruption, trends in financial services, and how innovation is like a sloppy joe.


Go for Launch:, Riff Analytics & Powow AI


Three AI-powered tools share their solutions to running better meetings, assessing employee engagement, and scheduling. 


The 9 People You’ll Meet as a Corporate Innovator


Here’s our guide to the nine people corporate innovators interact with most — and how you can get them on board with your agenda. Any resemblance to real people in your organization is completely coincidental.

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Preparing for Vaccine Distribution, Navigating Pivots at HCA


Chip Blaufuss of HCA Healthcare discusses his team’s COVID-19 preparations at the start of 2020 and getting ready for vaccine distribution in 2021.


Elon Musk: Forget Breakthough Innovation — Just Make the Product Better


Elon Musk shared his thoughts on innovation at a Wall Street Journal CEO Council conference. ”Spend less time in meeting rooms, less time on PowerPoint presentations, less time on spreadsheets,” he said. Here are the three big takeaways from his session.


There Is No ‘Workplace of The Future,’ Says Knoll VP


Tracy Wymer, VP of Workplace Strategy at design firm and manufacturer Knoll, shares predictions for how the office will change in 2021 and beyond. 


Should Your Organization Be Working on More Moonshots?


Peter Williams discussed his experience as the CEO of Alpha, a long-term innovation group created by the Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica.

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The Blind Men & The Elephant: An Open Innovation Blueprint

2020-12-04T14:00:00+00:00By Ludwig Melik, CEO of Planbox

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.


Inside the Creation of Harley-Davidson’s New Line of Electric Bikes


Everything from the concept to the name of Harley-Davidson’s new electric bike brand is an homage to the company’s history. Brand Director Aaron Frank shares more…


Highlights from November on Culture Audits, Budgets, and AI


We’ve gathered the best pieces of recent advice we’ve been given by innovators in our live show, report, and other online coverage.


Leaders from Lyft, Fitbit on How Diversity Drives Innovation


Leaders with experience at Fitbit, Lyft, and the Alliance for Smiles discuss hiring diversely and support talent in an equitable environment. 

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Fast Track Innovation: 1-3 Year Perspective on the New Reality


KPMG Managing Directors Kes Sampanthar and Ali Geramian provide insights on where successful companies are investing.


Barre3 CEO on the Future of Fitness


Barre3 CEO Sadie Lincoln explored how the company approaches innovation and how the company pivoted to meet the new demands of 2020. 


Go for Launch: Structural, Sotero & Sophya


Three startups — focusing on virtual meeting spaces, making connections with the right talent inside your organization, and data security — demo their offerings.


Go for Launch: Hydrow, Crayon & Eightfold


Three startups pitch their products including a reinvention of the rowing machine, an intelligence company for businesses, and an AI-powered talent acquisition software.

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The New Paths to Competitive Advantage


As part of our recent Impact conference, Karim Lakhani and Navi Radjou discussed their latest ideas about the future of innovation and how they can be applied in large organizations.

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Accelerating Innovation During Times of Disruption


In our “Accelerating Innovation During Times of Disruption” Master Class, Tim Bernstein and Stella Peace share insights on how to capitalize on 2020’s challenges to drive innovation.


‘What Did I Get Myself Into?’: Jumping from the Private to Public Sector

2020-11-17T14:48:00+00:00By Sean Adams, Senior Vice President of Innovation Design, State Compensation Insurance Fund

Sean Adams, SVP of Innovation Design at a public enterprise fund, made the jump from the private to the public sector two years ago. Here’s what he’s learned…

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Innovation Do’s & Don’ts


Our latest issue of Pointers gathers advice from our Strategic Partners on what innovators should do to succeed and what to avoid.


Go for Launch: Bitreel, Thimble & Kura


Three startups pitch their products including home robotics kits for students, a lightweight AR headset, and digital twins for brick-and-mortar stores…

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To Drive Innovation Success, You Need These Safety Belts

2020-11-12T17:00:00+00:00By Kevin Bolen, Global Head of Market Intelligence and US Leader for Strategic Investments, KPMG

Kevin Bolen, Global Head of Market Intelligence at KPMG LLP, offers three guiding principles for managing periods of disruption and uncertainty.


Innovating from Within: The 10 x 10 Laws

2020-11-12T14:00:00+00:00By Mohan Nair, Senior VP/Chief Innovation Officer, Cambia Health Solutions

Mohan Nair has run the Innovation Force team at Cambia Health Solutions for 10 years now. He offers 10 rules to follow over 10 years in order to guide a program to success. 


What Are the Do’s and Dont’s When Digitally Twinning Your Innovation Hub?

2020-11-11T14:00:00+00:00By Amanda Ramos, Innovation Director at Gensler

This illustration of a digital twin Innovation Utopia/Dystopia completes the trifecta of the “new normal” hybrid experience by including the virtual dimension…

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Essential Data for Finishing 2020 Strong


What does the data show about how corporate innovation is changing? Innovation Leader’s editorial team shares data from four recent reports.

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Converse CEO on Building the Brand of the Future


As part of our recent Impact conference, Scott Uzzell, CEO of Converse, discussed the brand’s relationship with popular culture, its collaborations, and more.


How Do You Transform a Company as Big as UPS? Scott Price Explains


Scott Price share how UPS — and other large organizations — should be approaching strategic planning amidst the coronavirus pandemic. 


Go for Launch: Rendever, Spatio Metrics & Bedestrian


Three startups demo their products, which include virtual reality for senior citizens, data-driven design software, and a robot that delivers medical supplies.

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How Innovators Get Aligned with CEOs and Set Shared Priorities


When it comes to creating alignment with CEOs, John Hancock Insurance CEO Brooks Tingle advises that innovators at large organizations start with organizational vision and values.


Benchmarking Innovation Initiatives in Financial Services


From late September through the end of October, we interviewed innovation leaders at 15 firms within the financial services ecosystem to benchmark their innovation and incubation activities.


A Model for Measuring Corporate Innovation Programs

2020-11-03T14:00:00+00:00By Ravi Kanniganti, Director & Head of the Target Accelerator, Target Corporation

There is no silver bullet or a quick solution for measuring the impact of innovation, but this model brings structure to the process of measuring the health of innovation programs and their impact.


Highlights from October on Reconnecting With Customers and Colleagues


We’ve gathered the best advice we’ve been given by innovators in our live show, report, and online coverage to help you reconnect with your customers and colleagues.  


How J&J Targets Racial Biases with Personal Accountability


With the recent surge in protests related to the Black Lives Matter movement across the US, companies across the world are looking deeper at their role in promoting equality.


What is the Future of the Job Search?

2020-10-28T13:00:00+00:00By Nada Usina, Managing Director, Russell Reynolds Associates. Illustration by Caitlin Lam.

Do you sit or stand while giving a presentation or doing an interview over Zoom? According to Nada Usina, Managing Director of the global executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates, it makes a big difference. 


How is Team Management Changing?

2020-10-27T13:00:00+00:00By Kyle Fugere, Global Head of Ventures and Labs at dunnhumby. Illustration by Caitlin Lam.

Teams no longer fail because of location; they fail because of poor management. All the tools exist to make this a success, and they are only getting better.


Why Stanley Black and Decker Isn’t ‘Following the Herd’ During the Pandemic


We sat down with Mark Maybury, Chief Technology Officer at Stanley Black and Decker, to learn more about the company’s recent growth initiatives, its “exteme innovation ecosystem,” technology investments, and more.


Go for Launch: Wellnys, Veriphix & LEAD


Three startups demo their products, which include on-demand wellness programming, virtual coffee meetups, and a way to guage customer emotions.


How Travel is Changing at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport


What does it mean to innovate travel, and create new kinds of safety in 2020? Jodie Brinkerhoff, VP of Innovation at DFW Airport, discusses how her team is adapting…

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5 Emerging Megatrends & What To Do About Them


In this Master Class, Ashish Basuray of PreScouter discusses five megatrends, including digital twins, third-wave AI, smart materials, and more.


How One CEO Gets Innovation Initiatives Over the Finish Line

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Jason Field, CEO and President of W. L. Gore & Associates, shares how he encourages a culture of innovation and gets all levels of employees involved.


Go for Launch: Tertill, Diana AI & Appsmith


Three startups demo their products, which include a robot to weed gardens, a voice-controlled AI to sort enterprise data, and an open source app builder.


How Are Innovation Labs in Silicon Valley Changing?

2020-10-14T13:00:00+01:00By Paul Campbell, Head of Digital Innovation, SV/USA, British American Tobacco. Illustration by Caitlin Lam.

Paul Campbell, formerly of W.L. Gore, offers his take on how innovators should pivot their innovation labs during the pandemic. 

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Book Excerpt: The Catalyst’s Guide to Working Well


The new book Move Fast. Break Shit. Burn Out. is about “Catalysts,” a subset of innovators with “a deep-rooted need to create positive change.” 


Go for Launch: Rugged 3D, Spaces & Liteboxer


Three startups — Rugged 3D, Spaces & Liteboxer — demo their offerings, ranging from durable 3D printing solutions, virtual meeting rooms, and at-home workout equipment. 

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Tips for Planning & Launching A Winning Program


Jill Longman, Innovation Committee Co-Chair at Med-IQ, covers how to plan and manage the successful launch of an enterprise-wide innovation program. 

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Does Your C-suite Still Need to Live in the Same City?

2020-10-07T15:00:00+01:00By Hugh Molotsi, CEO of Ujama. Illustration by Caitlin Lam.

Hugh Molotsi, CEO of Ujama, shares how the shift to remote work may shape the future of the C-Suite. He also tackles two challenges of remote work: team building and serendipitous discovery.


Digital & Business Model Transformation at Rosetta Stone


Matthew Hulett, President of Language at the company, discusses how Rosetta Stone pivoted from a physical product to a subscription service…

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How Do R&D Organizations Need to Adapt?

2020-10-05T13:00:00+01:00By Steve Rader, Deputy Director, Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation at NASA

Technology and the necessary skills needed to succeed are changing faster than our traditional organizational models can keep up — especially in our R&D organizations. 


Go for Launch: Interviewed, 3XR & Plannuh


In this episode of our startup demo series, entrepreneurs from three startups share their offerings in 30 minutes.


Do Companies Still Need a Headquarters?

2020-10-02T13:00:00+01:00By George Krasadakis, Product Architect & Innovation Leader

In this new era of the online workforce, corporate office space is becoming a scalable, adaptive service. ”Even the most conservative business leaders have started to realize that a distributed, online workforce is both feasible and appealing,” writes product architect and author George Krasadakis.


Highlights from September on Finding Digital Solutions


We’ve gathered the best pieces of recent advice from our live show, report, and other online coverage to help you find the right digital solutions.

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Will Coronavirus Be the Tipping Point for Virtual Reality?

2020-09-30T13:00:00+01:00By Vicki Dobbs Beck is the Executive in Charge of ILMxLAB

The desire to escape in 2020, if only for minutes or hours, has become an obsession, creating the perfect tipping point for virtual reality. See how Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab has harnessed that energy…


​Innovation Solutions Showcase 2020


At our Solutions Showcase in September 2020, five of Innovation Leader’s strategic partners shared how their organizations help address the challenges of 2020. 


Ten Best Practices to Empower Virtual Learning

2020-09-28T13:38:00+01:00By Nancy Tennant, Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

With the rise of Zoom fatigue, enabling online workshops and training can be challenging. Nancy Tennant, formerly of Whirlpool Corp., shares 10 lessons for facilitating virtual innovation teams.


Impact 2020: Interactive Sessions, Virtual Tours, Networking & More


Innovation Leader’s Event Manager Caitlin Harper shares what attendees can expect from Impact 2020. That includes virtual visits to innovation sites, networking with other participants, C-Suite key note speakers, interactive breakouts and more. Register soon to receive our exclusive swag bag.


The 5 Trends Guiding the Food Industry Right Now


In this Master Class, Samuel Gibbon of Patsnap discusses where VCs are investing in the food industry right now, what consumer trends have emerged as a result of the lockdown, and more.


Video: Highlights from Digitizing the Innovation Team


Alex Slawsby of Innovation Leader, shares highlights from the recent “Digitizing the Innovation Team” report. Get best practices for integrating new tools into your organization.


Making the ROI Case for Digital Innovation Tools


Amy Kramer of Maritz Global Events shares the Executive Dashboard structure she uses to clearly communicate the value her team is creating in the current climate.


Here’s Our List of 2020 Impact Award Winners


A list of winners from our 2020 Impact Awards…


Why Did AI as a Capability Just Get More Important?

2020-09-21T17:30:00+01:00By , Karim Lakhani, Professor, Harvard Business School

What I’ve observed is that the much-talked-about but often delayed and deferred digital transformation of the typical company has been massively accelerated because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And that transformation work is an antecedent to artificial intelligence being deployed and scaled.


What Does the Future of Dining Look Like?

2020-09-18T13:00:00+01:00By Dan Wheeler, SVP, Marketing & Innovation, Wahlburgers. Illustration by Caitlin Lam.

The restaurant world is taking one of the hardest hits of any industry during the pandemic. What’s in store for the future? Dan Wheeler of Wahlburgers offers his take. 

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Sanofi Pasteur’s Chief Digital Officer on Making Virtual Collaboration Work


As Chief Digital Officer for Sanofi Pasteur, Natalija Jovanovic leads a global, cross-functional team responsible for developing and executing the digital strategy of the largest vaccine developer in the world. In late July, the US government awarded Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline up to $2.1 billion to accelerate the development and manufacturing ...


Swiss Re Exec on Why Companies Shouldn’t Be Seduced by Big Data


Swiss Re Digital Catalyst Jerry Gupta discusses his approach to working with Big Data and AI, including why teams often fail when working with new technology.


How Ocean Spray Launched Three New Brands During a Pandemic


Ocean Spray is pivoting to health and wellness. Chief Innovation Officer Rizal Hamdallah explains how they launched three new brands amidst the coronavirus pandemic. 


Podcast: The Biggest Barriers to Innovation


David Lee shares how UPS has adapted to new demands in shipping and gives tips for innovators in 2020. He also reads his article “The Biggest Barriers to Innovation.”


What are the Biggest Barriers to Innovation?

2020-09-14T19:00:00+01:00By David Lee, Vice President of Innovation and New Ventures at UPS

This crisis is revealing aspects of our world that were broken, but hidden in the normal state of things. Now that the apple cart has been turned over, what can we see that is  broken? 


How One Accelerator Program Pivoted to COVID-19 Solutions


When COVID-19 took the world by storm, the engineering firm Black & Veatch’s IgniteX Growth Accelerator program pivoted in a matter of weeks…


How Would You Reimagine School?

2020-09-11T14:51:00+01:00By Simone Stolzoff, Senior Communication Designer at IDEO

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?


What is the Future of Live Entertainment?

2020-09-11T13:00:00+01:00By Lauren Xandra, Vice President, Strategic Growth, National Research Group

Time spent streaming is up 60 percent since the start of the pandemic. But this not to say that digital will replace the physical. What’s the future of live entertainment?

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Digital Tools for Innovation Can’t Just Be “Vitamins”


When it comes to digital tools, some offer real solutions. Others provide “vitamins” that are nice to have but not essential. Learn how to find the tools that solve real challenges. 


What is the Future of Sports Venues and Games?

2020-09-09T13:00:00+01:00By Angela Ruggiero, CEO of the Sports Innovation Lab

In the midst of COVID-19, many of sports venues are increasingly empty, and sport no longer holds as central a place in our lives. There is a real urgency to change how live sporting events operate. 


Digitizing Innovation: A Call to Action

2020-09-07T13:00:00+01:00By Peter Gardner, CEO, Startgrid

Digitizing the management of startup ecosystems is no more daunting than managing complex processes in sales, marketing, or supply chain automation. Get best practices…


What is the Future of Theme Park Vacations?

2020-09-04T13:30:00+01:00By Algernon Callier, VP of Business Development, and Former VP Strategic Innovation & Emerging Tech, Universal Parks & Resorts

Temperature screenings and face coverings are now part of the park experience. So what elements of the theme park vacation will remain forever changed? What will bounce back? 


Mastering Virtual Presence and Communication


There are three elements that set the stage for successful virtual presentations: lighting, framing, and the right background. Find out how to master all three…

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How is Sales Changing During COVID-19?

2020-09-03T15:00:00+01:00By Aaron Proietti, Former Head of Marketing Innovation Lab at Transamerica

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many business-to-business sales organizations are left with a pipeline of prospects that do not advance to later stages of the sales process… 

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Our August Coverage on Reimagining Innovation


We’ve gathered the best pieces of recent advice we’ve been given by innovators in our live show, report, and other online coverage.


Go for Launch


Go for Launch is a live webcast designed to give corporate professionals exposure to promising startups. Each episode features three startup demos in 30 minutes.


Innovation Leader Master Classes


Our team regularly hosts live conference calls and webcasts for our members on topics of interest. That includes our Master Classes with innovation experts.

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How Can You Foster Purpose-Driven Innovation?

2020-09-01T14:52:00+01:00By Larry Schmitt, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The Inovo Group

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?

2020-09-01T14:51:00+01:00By Colin Nelson, Chief Consulting Officer, HYPE Innovation

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? 

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What Should You Look For in an Innovation Leader?

2020-09-01T14:51:00+01:00By Ludwig Melik, CEO of Planbox

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. 

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How Can You Stay Close to Customers Remotely?

2020-08-31T16:00:00+01:00By Eric Steege, Senior Innovation Advisory Consultant at Amazon Web Services

Eric Steege of Amazon Web Services shares how teams can stay close to their end users during a pandemic. Get his tips about leveraging learnings, customer insight channels, and more.

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Why COVID-19 Is Accelerating the Adoption of 5G Technology

2020-08-28T17:00:00+01:00By ,

Christian Guirnalda, Director of 5G Labs and Innovation Centers, explains how Verizon is finding new use cases for their emerging 5G technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Visual Thinking: How To Draw Your Ideas


The first step of turning ideas into reality is to visualize and draw them out. Dave Gray shares drawing tips that innovators can use to communicate their visions. 


Podcast: Bringing Higher Education into the Digital Age


Experts in higher education share how they’ve tackled the challenges of 2020. Guests include Barnard President Sian Beliock and the co-CEO of edX, Adam Medros. 

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John Hancock Exec on Getting More Digital, Fast, in a Socially-Distant Era


As the pandemic surged, John Hancock saw more Google searches related to life insurance. But its traditional approach to policies involved in-person medical exams. Here’s how they adapted.


Digitizing the Innovation Team


Get insights and recommendations for innovation leaders seeking to get the most out of digital tools, and also for tool developers seeking to build productive relationships with those leaders.


Storytelling Skills for Innovators


According to journalist and author Evan Schwartz, while an epic adventure may have many storylines, all journeys boil down to a basic structure…


The Six Elements of Your Innovation Story


Evan Schwartz shares the six different choices that innovators must make when telling stories. He then asks the group to apply these skills to their businesses…


Transforming Anthem Blue Cross into an AI-First Enterprise


When asked about the role innovation plays at Anthem Blue Cross, Mariya Filipova said her team helps the insurance provider transform into an “AI-first enterprise.” Watch for more…


These are the Finalists for Innovation Leader’s 2020 Impact Awards


Our 2020 awards will be presented online this October, as part of the year’s biggest gathering of corporate innovators, Impact 2020. Here’s a look at which organizations made it to the finalists stage…


Kohl’s CTO on Curbside Pickup, Amazon Partnership & More


Paul Gaffney, the Chief Technology Officer of Kohl’s discussed the future of retail, curbside pickup, and working with Amazon.


Johnson & Johnson Exec on COVID-19 and Inequality

2020-08-17T13:00:00+01:00By ,

Michal Preminger explains how the innovation teams at Johnson & Johnson are working to find solutions for both COVID-19 and racism…


Understanding the Mindsets of Knowers & Learners


This workshop, led by the former Head of Innovation at Pfizer, explores the mindsets that separate learners and knowers. 

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Knowers & Learners: Invest or Pass?


This interactive game presents different business ideas to participants. They then must decide if they would invest in the business or pass…


Knowers & Learners: Different Psychologies


In our “Knowers and Learners” workshop, Dan Seewald explains the different mindsets that separates these types of thinkers, pulling from concepts in psychology.

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Knowers & Learners: Controlling for Variables


Dan Seewald explains the importance of running experiments through the case study of Philippe Petit, a high-wire artist who walked between skyscrapers. 


Knowers & Learners: Working through Killer Assumptions


In this section of our “Knowers and Learners” workshop, Dan Seewald walks participants through his “Killer Assumptions” exercise. 

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How One Innovation Leader Grew His Team During COVID-19


One innovator from Stanley Black & Decker shares insights on how COVID-19 has impacted his innovation strategy in 2020 and how his team has managed to secure key wins during the pandemic.


Digital Leaders at Kaiser and J&J on Staffing, Acceleration


Innovators from Kaiser Permanente and Johnson & Johnson discussed how the healthcare industry pivoted to respond to the pandemic.


CxOs & Innovation


In April 2020, we began planning this research initiative, CxOs and Innovation. It will consist of two mini-reports, interviews with corporate leaders, and thought leadership essays by our sponsor, KPMG LLP. The objective: to be helpful to C-Suite leaders and those professionals responsible for driving innovation inside large organizations.

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Manulife/John Hancock on How COVID Accelerated Digitization


Amit Bhatia, Head of Manulife/John Hancock Innovation Labs, shares details about his team’s digitization, his current projects, and more. 

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Turning a Global Disruption into Opportunity at Fidelity & Citi Ventures


Mona Vernon and Alex Sion discuss challenges in the financial services in 2020 and how their teams have responded.


Our July Coverage on Learning from Lockdown


We’ve gathered the best pieces of recent advice from our live show, report, and other online coverage to share the wealth of our knowledge from the last few months.


What is Innovation Really Like in the Trenches?

2020-08-03T16:00:00+01:00By Anonymous

”[Innovation] is like a movie set that looks stunning on-camera, but relies on…work behind the scenes.” An anonymous innovator offers his take on what innovation is really like…


Upgrade Online Meetings: Virtual Whiteboarding


The final exercise from our “Upgrade Your Online Meetings” workshop teaches particpants how to make the most of the whiteboarding software Mural, and gives suggestions for redesiging work. Watch the video above for a detailed explanation from session leader Suzi Hamill, former Head of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments.


Upgrading Online Meetings: Doodling to Communicate


This exercise from our “Upgrade Your Online Meetings” workshop asks participants to reflect on how they have adapted to working remotely during COVID-19. In order to share there stories, she asks that attendees draw their experience. Watch the video above for a detailed explanation from session leader Suzi Hamill, former ...


What Object Represents How You Work?


This exercise from our “Upgrade Your Online Meetings” workshop encourages participants to break out of the box and find a new format for facilitating online meetings. Watch the video above for a detailed explanation from session leader Suzi Hamill, former Head of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments.


Upgrade Online Meetings: Why Do We Meet?


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Re-Designing Your Virtual Meetings


If you’re suddenly spending the entire day convening with colleagues in Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, or another meetings platform, you already know the challenges of making them feel engaging and productive. As a host, how can you create the context for everyone to contribute, rather than tuning out or multi-tasking?


Living in the New Reality: The Reinvention Ultimatum

2020-07-29T13:00:00+01:00By Fiona Grandi, KPMG LLP

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.


Mercedes Lays Off Staff at Innovation Centers, Seeks Outside Partners


Daimler AG, the German company that makes Mercedes-Benz vehicles and Daimler trucks, has laid off more than 100 staffers at its Lab1886 innovation centers around the world…


How CVS, Carhartt & Elsevier Pivoted to Face COVID-19


How have teams pivoted to face the challenges of 2020? Rhett Alden of Elsevier discusses launching a COVID-19 Resource Center in four weeks. Innovators from Carhartt and CVS share insights.


Can Online Meetings Ever Surpass Face-to-Face?

2020-07-24T13:00:00+01:00By Jean-Marc Frangos, Contributing Columnist & Executive Fellow, INSEAD

“Hey, you’re on mute!” “Can you see my screen?” Jean-Marc Frangos, a former innovation SVP at British Telecom, assesses the world of today’s online meetings — and what may come next.


Navigating Priority Changes: Ranking Initiatives


The second exercise from our “Navigating Priority Changes at Your Company” workshop presents a two-by-two that helps teams rank their priorities. Watch the video above for a detailed explanation from session leader Brant Cooper.


Navigating Priority Changes: C-Suite Zoom


This exercise from our “Navigating Priority Changes at Your Company” workshop describes how to create a stronger connection to your senior leadership.


Navigating Priority Changes at Your Company


Innovation teams are facing budget cuts and changes in strategy. Brant Cooper shares how teams can navigate priority changes and get inside the minds of senior leaders.

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Trailblazing CEOs from Apple, Tesla, Starbucks & More Talk Innovation


These are 10 of our favorite videos that feature CEOs, founders, and trailblazing innovators sharing insights on how new things get created in their organizations.


The Evolution of Online & On-Campus Education


Sian Beilock of Barnard College and Adam Medros of edX discuss how their organizations have pivoted to address the challenges that COVID-19 has created for higher education.


Why Pampered Chef is Reinventing a Well-Established Sales Model


The migration away from in-person selling actually predates COVID-19 for Pampered Chef, but they’re taking advantage of the moment to experiment with social media.


The Rise of ‘Conferencing Competence’ and the Decline of Fancy Footwear


Thornton May contends that many leaders — and many organizations — are moving too slowly in responding to the dramatic changes that 2020 has brought. More insights inside…


Innovation Software Showcase


At our first Software Showcase, in July 2020, Innovation Leader’s strategic partners share their digital innovation tools. Watch the pitch sessions here. 

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Discover, Access & Manage Ecosystem Relationships in a Low/No Touch World


How do you build ecosystems when travel and serendipity are limited for the foreseeable future? Watch this webcast to learn how to form partnerships during lockdown.


New Data About the Market for Innovation-Related Jobs


We asked 159 innovation professionals about the hiring happening in their organizations — or how long they’ve been hunting for a new role. 


Leveling Up Customer Empathy at Fitbit & More


How can teams use empathy to understand their customers? Irina Kozlovskaya, Director of Industrial Design at Fitbit, shares how her team uses empathy to design better products.


Scenario Planning in 2020: What You Should (and Shouldn’t) Be Doing


The business and societal impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will be “more like World War I or the Great Depression,” says Matthew Ranen, a scenario-planning consultant.


Inside the R&D Culture at Pixar Animation Studios


Pixar’s VP of R&D, Guido Quaroni, explains how and why the company encourages collaborative work. ”A culture of too much individualism…is always a dangerous place to be,” says Quaroni. Here’s how Pixar’s culture operates.

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Highlights from June on Anticipating “The New Normal”

2020-07-02T13:00:00+01:00By , Illustration by Caitlin Lam

We’ve gathered the best pieces of recent advice from our live show, report, and other online coverage to help you imagine the future and plan your next steps.


Quiz: Test Your Innovation Knowledge


How much do you know about corporate innovation concepts, key thinkers, famous failures, and Silicon Valley disruptors? Try our 22 question quiz…

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CVS Health Exec on Rising to the Digital Demands of COVID-19


Firdaus Bhathena, Chief Digital Officer of CVS Health, shares how his team has pivoted to meet consumer needs — like exploding demand for deliveries — during the coronavirus pandemic.


What Comes Back and When? Exploring Life After COVID-19

2020-06-30T10:00:00+01:00By , Additional Reporting by Molli DeRosa

What’s changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic? What’s likely to come back? And when? Innovation Leader’s ”What the Future Looks Like” report seeks to answer that question.


Why Underinvesting in Innovation is Riskier Than Ever

2020-06-26T17:10:00+01:00By Ali Geramian, KPMG LLP

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.

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How AARP is Pivoting Innovation in 2020 and Investing in Startups


At Innovation Leader’s recent online event for nonprofit organizations, Andy Miller of AARP discussed how his team helps build an innovative culture that permeates the organization — and how they’re making new investments in startups.


Stop Trying to ‘Bounce Back’ to Normal


Rather than trying to restore all of the activities from February 2020 in the US, we should be thinking about how to “bounce forward” toward something new. 


Pulling Back the Curtain on Disney’s Storied Imagineering Department


What can you learn from the creative cultures of Walt Disney Imagineering and Pixar? Leslie Iwerks, a documentary filmmaker, has made films about both organizations. She shares what she observed in this replay of “One Quick Thing.” Iwerks is joined on the show by two unnanounced guests: her father, Don Iwerks, who worked directly with Walt Disney, and a former Disney Imagineer, Josh Wachman. 


How R&D Keeps the CPG Industry on the Cutting-Edge


Consumer packaged goods (CPG) describes any product that requires routine replacement — from personal care to food. No matter the item, companies in this space have to create new offerings that shoppers will buy again and again. To find out how big bets empower the process, we talked to Ranjani ...


Can COVID Actually Turbocharge Parts of the Economy? This VC Says Yes


Juan Enriquez, Managing Director of the venture capital fund Excel Venture Management, sees “crazy amounts of productive innovation taking place” as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. But the risk he sees is going back to the way things were pre-COVID in the life sciences sector.


The Three Crises Caused by COVID-19 — and How to Respond

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Futurist Steve Brown sees the current pandemic as three overlapping crises — each requiring a different response. See how innovation plays into the solution…


Moving Museums and Universities into the Digital Realm


At our Innovation Strategy for Nonprofits event, Arthur Daemmrich of the Smithsonian Institution and Panos Panay of Berklee College of Music discussed how their teams have been pivoting to offer educational experiences online.


How MassMutual Is Reimagining Financial Education


In Good Company, a MassMutual initiative, wants to help participants manage their financial futures with workshops, free of charge. 

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The Secrets to Success at Intuit’s Lean Startup Program


In this episode of One Quick Thing, Bennett Blank shares how Intuit’s Lean Startup program generated $20 million in new revenue.


Podcast: Why Corporate Innovators are Like Pirates in the Navy

2020-06-16T10:00:00+01:00By Molli DeRosa

In this installment of Innovation Answered: Essentials, Tendayi Viki offers a look at his most recent book and discusses the importance of the “privateer” attitude. 


Batten Down the Hatches and Innovate

2020-06-15T16:00:00+01:00By Ludwig Melik, Planbox

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. 


IDEO on Practicing Empathy & Running Sprints from Home


How can we make our food supply chain more resilient? What are the best practices for running an engaging virtual sprint? How can teams redesign their offices to make them safe for employees? In this video replay of The Solution Set, Owen Rogers, Melanie Bell-Mayeda, and Carl Fudge of IDEO answer these questions and more. Throughout the conversation, the trio share how design thinking can unlock innovation and solve challenges during the COVID-19 global pandemic.


How COVID-19 Reversed ‘Tech-Lash’ and Other Lasting Trends


Lauren Xandra, Vice President of National Research Group, explains COVID-19’s impact on the relationship between consumers,  entertainment, and communication.

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Panasonic on Entertainment’s Immersive & More Personalized Future

2020-06-10T16:00:00+01:00By , with additional reporting by Kelsey Alpaio

Two leaders of the Panasonic Hollywood Lab predict how entertainment will become even more personalized in a post-COVID world. They also discuss environments that promote healing and relaxation.


What the Future Looks Like


For our latest report, our team asked members of the innovation community and futurists to forecast what our “new normal” might be. Respondents discussed what aspects of life before the crisis they think will return, and which aspects of the world will be permanently altered.


Enabling Innovation During a Crisis at MassGeneral Brigham


In this episode of One Quick Thing, Chris Coburn discusses working to improve healthcare during a pandemic and the role of digital innovation in this crisis.


How AARP Keeps the 50+ Market at the Center of Innovation

2020-06-09T10:00:00+01:00By Molli DeRosa

How does AARP use innovation to empower people as they age? Vice President of Product and Startup Engagement Rick Robinson explains…

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Leading Innovation Through Times of Change


How can you get operations leaders to think further into the future when constructing a strategy? How do you manage the transition to business unit ownership, so innovations don’t die on the vine? Ned Calder and Rob Bell of Innosight answer those questions and more during the most recent Solution Set webcast.


How is Hiring Changing in 2020 for Innovation and Transformation Jobs?


Are you employed, but wondering what opportunities are out there for your next role? Unemployed, and actively looking? Nada Usina of Russell Reynolds Associates explains how applicants can stand out in 2020 in this video replay from our One Quick Thing series.

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Highlights from May on Pivoting — and Planning for a Reopening

2020-06-02T13:30:00+01:00By , Illustration by Caitlin Lam

We’ve gathered the best pieces of advice on planning for a better future post-COVID from our live show, and other online coverage, to help you continue innovating this June. 

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Building a Strategy for the Low Touch Economy


The era after COVID-19 will have an economy shaped by new habits and regulations. Find out how behaviors will shift and what new opportunities are emerging.

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Dignity Health is Designing the Digital-First Future of Medicine


In January 2020, only 337 of Dignity Health’s patients had experienced a virtual visit. By May 5, the number of virtual visits had raced past 82,000. Here’s how they’ve been training docs and bringing patients along.


Navigating Shifts in Reader Behavior at Dow Jones


When looking for updates on the impacts of coronavirus, many have turned to news publications for information. Edward Roussel of Dow Jones discusses the changes.


How Changemakers Innovate Within Government Agencies


Innovators in the public and private sectors face many of the same challenges: There’s resistance to change and internal politics that can bog down progress. However, teams in the government may have tighter budgets that come directly from tax payer dollars. These teams also face demands from both supervisors and ...


Peloton Exec: Emerging From the Crisis Stronger Than You Went In


Few companies have experienced more of a surge of customer interest than Peloton Interactive, the maker of Internet-linked exercise bikes. We spoke to Rick Paster, Peloton’s VP of M&A Integration…


How the Red Cross is Adapting to New Demands — and Getting More Digital


At Innovation Leader’s recent nonprofit forum, two innovation leaders from The Red Cross in the US and UK address how they are responding to the coronavirus pandemic. 


Carhartt on Prototyping and Collecting Customer Insights from Home


Carhartt specializes in work clothes for industries including construction. Their Director of Global Product Innovation, Collen Hau, explains how the team is creating prototypes and staying in tune with customers.


Running High-Performance Innovation Labs


How have innovation labs shifted during this period of remote work? What sets labs up for success?  Linda Elkins, Chief Technical Officer of W.L. Gore’s Silicon Valley Innovation Center, shares.


Video Replay: San Diego Zoo Global CMO Ted Molter


Ted Molter, Chief Marketing Officer of San Diego Zoo Global, discusses social media, online educational resources, sponsorship shifts, and more in an al fresco Zoom chat with Innovation Leader. 


Book Excerpt: Think Like a Privateer, Not a Pirate

2020-05-15T13:00:00+01:00By Molli DeRosa

Steve Jobs once said that it’s better to be a pirate than to join the Navy. Pirates refer to startups that churn out innovative ideas. Jobs likens large organizations to the bureaucratic Navy.


Harvard Business School Prof: You’re Probably Over-Using Zoom


Harvard Business School Professor Tsedal Neeley offers insights on new approaches to prototyping, and what happens when some people begin transitioning back to the office.


New York Life SVP on How Corporate Venture Capital is Changing in 2020


How might corporate venture funds need to adjust their strategy in 2020? Joel Albarella of New York Life Ventures answers this question and more, as part of a recent episode of One Quick Thing.


What Corporate Venture Funds can Learn From VCs


What are the risks when large companies dive into the venture capital game? How are venture teams responding to challenges posed by COVID-19? All that and more in this episode…


State of Innovation 2020


As the coronavirus pandemic has led to shelter-in-place orders and sharply reduced economic activity, innovators are wondering about what the future could look like for their teams, organizations, and industries. To better understand what’s happening in corporate innovation and R&D right now, we fielded a survey from April 27-May 4, 2020.


How Hain Celestial Keeps Innovation On Track


Hain Celestial Group, known for teas and pantry staples, has pivoted down a new path in response to COVID-19: hand sanitizer. The company is also conducting remote product tasting with its senior leaders. SVP of R&D Jeff George explains…


An Ambidextrous Approach to Innovation Has Never Been More Important

2020-05-06T13:00:00+01:00By Dan Olley, Contributing Columnist and Chief Technology Officer, Elsevier

We all know that innovation is important. But do we really know how to innovate effectively, even in chaotic times such as these? It’s all about finding the right balance…


Innovating on the Frontlines of a Pandemic


Roberta Schwartz, Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer at Houston Methodist Hospital, discusses how her team is responding to the challenges posed by coronavirus.


10 Ways to Humanize Your Video Meetings

2020-05-05T15:16:00+01:00By Suzanne Hamill, Contributing Columnist and Former Head of Design Thinking, Fidelity Investments

The former Head of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments shares how to make online meetings more produtive and more human. 


Creating Culture at Wayfair

2020-05-05T10:00:00+01:00By Molli DeRosa, Additional Reporting by Kelsey Alpaio and Kaitlin Milliken

How can digitally-native companies maintain their innovative culture as they grow? To find out, we visited Wayfair’s co-founder Steve Conine at the company’s Boston office.


How Innovation Allows Wayfair to Keep Growing

2020-05-04T13:00:00+01:00By , Additional Reporting by Molli DeRosa

Wayfair, an online furniture and home goods retailer, maintained an innovative culture as it grew from a two person operation to a company with thousands of employees.


Highlights from Our April Coverage on COVID-19 and Innovation


We’ve gathered the best pieces of advice on adapting to the current public health crisis from our live show, and other online coverage, to kick-start your May.


Veteran Disney Exec: 5 Things That Impact Innovation


“Any step a company takes to foster innovation is praise-worthy,” says Marty Yudkovitz, formerly of The Walt Disney Company. “But…a lot of what is going on…is window dressing.”

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Why Now is the Time to Kill Zombie Projects and Clean House


Rita McGrath discusses the importance of killing zombie projects that somehow survive despite not making progress — one of her five steps for assessing your innovation portfolio in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.


How COVID-19 Prioritized Digital Innovation at Wahlburgers


As the coronavirus pandemic spread, Wahlburgers SVP Dan Wheeler says it required careful thought about people’s safety, but it also “accelerated…my innovation agenda.” 


A New Model for Teams Adapting to Disruption


Tad Haas and Ivan Lloyd of edison365 discuss a revised model for innovation that combines an innovation office with a project management office. 


At Kaiser Permanente, a Major Moment for Telemedicine


During this global pandemic, doctors, nurses, and hospital staff are spending long hours saving lives. To protect both healthcare workers and patients, hospitals have shifted most non-emergency appointments to the digital realm. Prat Vemana, the first-ever Chief Digital Officer at Kaiser Permanente, discusses the shift to telehealth and other changes ...


Pursuing User Research When Everyone’s in Quarantine

2020-04-21T15:30:00+01:00By Timothy Berendt, Contributing Columnist and former Director of Innovation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass.

We all know that the innovation and design world rely on interactions with customers and users. So how do you preserve that input into your process when everybody is locked down?


From Our Sponsors: Advice for Challenging Times


We asked our strategic partner firms to share their latest resources and advice for corporate innovators who are grappling with uncertainty.


Is Your Organization Earning ‘Trust Points’ with Customers — or Losing Them?

2020-04-16T15:00:00+01:00By , Graphics by Maddie Cameron

Every action your organization takes in the digital world either racks up or loses “trust points” with your customers. Apurva Shah, CTO of Duality, explains.

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What's BANCA? Fidelity Investments on Their Criteria for Assessing Ideas


Sean Belka discusses how the financial services firm assesses new ideas and scales them when the time is right, along with more best practices for running an innovation lab. Belka is a Managing Director in Fidelity’s Corporate Business Development group.


Ex-DreamWorks Animation CTO: How the C-Suite Can Foster Innovation


”In my experience, the most powerful motivator to encourage innovation was peer recognition,” says Ed Leonard, Co-Founder of Bred Ventures and former CTO at DreamWorks Animation. Leonard shares more on what senior leaders do at companies like DreamWorks Animation and Disney to shape a culture of innovation…


At NASA, Introducing a New Openness to Innovation


In a safety-obsessed culture, how do you suggest new ways to innovate? Omar Hatamleh, the first Chief Innovation Officer for the engineering group at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, shares.


Maintaining C-Suite Support: The Four Key Questions


For many innovation teams, this is a chance to create significant short-term value for business unit leaders who may become your long-term allies. Unfortunately, when it comes to cutting costs, it is all too easy for senior executives to simply put innovation teams and their budgets on the chopping block.


AXA Next on Shifts in the Startup World, and Fueling Innovation Virtually


The team from AXA Next US shares tips for running distributed teams, and changes they are seeing in the startup landscape. 


SNHU’s Paul LeBlanc on Higher Ed in a Time of Intense Change


Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University, discusses how colleges are managing the shift to online education and adapting during the coronavirus pandemic.


Every Online Event We’re Hosting


We have a really simple aim: to put on the best virtual events on the Internet. Here’s what is coming up, both for members and non-members.

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Coming Soon: Innovation Answered Season 4

2020-04-07T15:00:00+01:00By , Molli DeRosa

Innovation Answered’s fourth season starts May 5, 2020. Find out what you can expect to learn from the show’s producer, Kaitlin Milliken, and intern, Molli DeRosa.


New Resource: Strengthening Your Case for Continued Investment


Will you need to defend your initiatives in 2020? Is it possible to make the case for continued, or even increased, investment in innovation right now? Here’s a new downloadable resource to help.


How One Corporate Innovator Assembled a Volunteer Team to Print Face Shields


Shashi Jain’s day job is Intel. But he’s working almost another full-time shift  as an organizer of the Portland 3D Printing Lab, which has been producing face shields for healthcare workers… 


What Innovation Metrics Matter Most in 2020


Innovation execs shared what metrics their teams track on a recent IL member videoconference. Contributors joined in from the pharmaceutical, food and beverages, financial services, health care, luxury goods, tech, and materials industries.


Five Tips to Navigate Uncertainty This April


Innovators have faced unprecedented challenges in the past month, as COVID-19 grew into a global pandemic. Suddenly, teams have become completely remote and, in some cases, may be dealing with budget scrutiny or strategic pivots. This March, our coverage has focused on providing your team with resources to navigate this uncertain period. 


How Your Team Can Acclimate to Remote Work


Scott Berkun, author of the book The Year Without Pants: and the Future of Work, shares best practices for running a distributed team. Watch the video.


What We Stopped: 16 Activities That May Not Improve Culture


As part of our recent research, we asked 259 leaders of innovation if there were activities they’d stopped doing that were initially intended to influence organizational culture…


Pursuing Innovation During COVID-19


Experts share best practices for teams as they navigate uncertainty. Topics include shifting teams’ priorities, switching to remote work, and cultivating a “service oriented” mindset.

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Changing Culture in Large Organizations


In our view, fostering a culture that is supportive of innovation has never been more important than right now. 2020 will be a year of tremendous stress, pivots, and reprioritizing in every organization. Will your organization be able to source and act on the best ideas — ideas that may come from anyone? Test them fast enough? Get them deployed with help from colleagues who are working from home? 

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Working from Home: Seven Tips for Doing It Productively


Christian Ponce from LogMeIn shares tips to help teams effectively innovate from home, stay connected, and balance their jobs and home lives.

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One Quick Thing: IL’s Live Zoom Meeting


Join us for a half-hour Zoom meeting to talk about what’s happening right now in the world of corporate innovation.


12 of the Best Tools for Real-Time Team Collaboration


What are you using to collaborate, run brainstorming sessions, and move projects forward at this moment of remote work? Here are some tools our community recommended.


Navigating through Chaotic Times


Do you feel like challenging times may be ahead? Experts with experience at DuPont, Starbucks, Bayer, and more discuss how they’re reading the tea leaves.


Eight Practices to Fire Up Your Innovation Culture


Victor Assad and Arthur Liberian share eight practices that can help companies fire up their innovation culture. Find out how your team can unleash creativity. 


Keeping Innovation Alive in the Time of COVID-19

2020-03-17T14:30:00+00:00By Blade Kotelly, Contributing Columnist and Senior Lecturer, MIT

“We’ve entered an unstable and economically volatile period that may serve up the biggest challenges of your career,” writes MIT senior lecturer Blade Kotelly, ”and will require every business to innovate in ways they never have before.” Here’s his concrete advice on how you and your team can keep innovation moving forward as teams suddenly go remote…

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How to Create the Foundation for a Corporate VC Program


Amish Parashar, a Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist, share tips for building more successful corporate venture programs. Get tips on staffing, collaboration, and more.


Podcast: Loonshots — Crazy Ideas that Just Might Work

2020-03-10T10:00:00+00:00By , Molli DeRosa

How can companies embrace risky — but potentially revolutionary — ideas? Authors Safi Bahcall and Hugh Molotsi tackle this question at Innovation Leader’s 2019 Impact event.

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An Annotated Map of 20 Corporate Innovation Hubs in Atlanta

2020-03-09T15:00:00+00:00By Molli DeRosa, Kaitlin Milliken

We put together this map of 20 key corporate innovation hubs in Atlanta. The list includes innovation centers, accelerators, and corporate venture capital funds. 

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Scouting Emerging Tech at Our Silicon Valley Deep Dive


At our Silicon Valley Deep Dive, innovation leaders met in Sunnyvale, Calif. to discuss tactics for scouting emerging technology and plugging into the startup ecosystem. 

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Boundaries, Blockers, and Overcoming the Limits of Innovation


Learn  methods for recognizing the boundaries to innovation practices, and how to work around them. Get advice on how to move your organization into a position to thrive.


Overcoming Politics and Internal Resistance: Advice from Your Peers


At our Silicon Valley Deep Dive event in February, we asked a group of 30 innovation, emerging technology, and R&D leaders from industries like apparel, financial services, telecom, and manufacturing to discuss the things that can help overcome organizational resistance to innovation — as well as some of the things that can increase it. Here’s their list of do’s and don’ts…


Five Innovation Best Practices to Kick Off March


We released one video from Impact 2019 each week this month. We have also gathered five best practices from our February online coverage below.


Don’t Celebrate Failure, Celebrate Trying to Solve Hard Problems

2020-02-27T12:00:00+00:00By Brian Mullen, Contributing Columnist and Assistant Professor, Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Instead of celebrating failure, writes Brian Mullen, a former hospital innovation team member, teams should celebrate attempts to solve problems.

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General Motors and IBM on the Role of a Silicon Valley R&D Outpost

2020-02-24T15:00:00+00:00By , Molli DeRosa, Video by Andrew Starzak

R&D leaders from General Motors and IBM discuss the mission of the companies’ Silicon Valley outposts, and the importance of tracking first movers in an emerging market. 


Six Ways to Integrate Startups Without Crushing Their Spirits


Raphael Guillet was a co-founder of the first startup that the $4 billion hospitality company Accor acquired. Since then, Accor has bought about a dozen other startups…

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How General Mills Uses ‘Breakup Letters’ to Better Understand Consumers

2020-02-18T13:00:00+00:00By , Molli DeRosa, Video by Andrew Starzak

Jodi Benson shares how General Mills puts consumer needs first, and how a 150+ year old company is evolving the way it innovates to better meet those needs.


How to Create a Culture of Experimentation


Relying on intuition often leads teams down the wrong path. Stefan Thomke, a professor at Harvard Business School, explains how to rely on experiments instead.

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‘Loonshots’: How to Support Crazy Ideas That Just Might Work

2020-02-13T13:00:00+00:00By , , Video by Andrew Starzak

Ideas that have the potential to reshape industries may end up stuck in the corporate basement. So how can companies embrace risky ideas? Authors Safi Bahcall and Hugh Molotsi serve up answers in this video.


Drones, Self-Driving Cars & the Silicon Valley Problem


While drones present a world of opportunities, these unmanned aerial vehicles face regulations across different levels of government. Chris Anderson — CEO of 3DR, a drone software company — shared his experience building and deploying drones at Innovation Leader’s 2019 Impact event. During the conversation, Anderson also discusses use cases ...


Six Tips for Getting ‘Customers’ to Buy What You’re Selling

2020-02-06T16:30:00+00:00By Chris Mayer, Contributing Columnist and Former Chief Innovation Officer, Suffolk Construction

“One way to ensure alignment,” writes Chris Mayer, “is to think of the innovation initiative as a consumer-oriented business with colleagues as customers.” Mayer, who served as the first Chief Innovation Officer at a large construction company, offers guidance on how to do that.

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Innovation Insights from Our 2019 Impact Main Stage

2020-02-03T15:00:00+00:00By , Video by Andrew Starzak

Chris Anderson — CEO of 3DR, a pioneer of the drone industry — shares his experience building and deploying autonomous vehicles at Innovation Leader’s 2019 Impact event. Includes video…


Best Videos: Corporate Innovation Concepts and Methodologies


Watch our favorite YouTube videos on key innovation concepts and methodologies like the three horizons, the Innovator’s Dilemma, design thinking, and rapid prototyping.


Book Excerpt: Incentivizing the Behaviors That Support Innovation

2020-01-29T15:00:00+00:00By Alex Goryachev, Managing Director, Cisco Innovation Centers

What if businesses focused on company performance today as well as a year from now? Alex Goryachev of Cisco explains.


How Disney’s Philosophy on Failure Drives Growth


“I have always tried to make everyone aware that failure is not a corporate death sentence,” says former Disney CEO Michael Eisner. Here are some of the biggest failures Disney has experienced in the last 20 years — and how the entertainment giant has bounced back.


Former LEGO Exec: 5 Habits of Successful Corporate Intrapreneurs


David Gram, formerly a leader at LEGO Ventures and LEGO Creative Play Lab, outlines five habits that set corporate intrapreneurs up for success. The first one: Accept that people will hate your project. 

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Ask Us Anything Webcast, with General Mills & Citi Ventures


Beth Devin of Citi Ventures and Kirsten Aune of General Mills joined us to answer innovation questions submitted by our members.


Three Recession Scenarios, and How to Survive Them

2020-01-16T17:00:00+00:00By Nancy Tennant, Contributing Columnist and former Chief Innovation Officer, Whirlpool Corp.

Nancy Tennant, a professor at Notre Dame and former Chief Innovation Officer at Whirlpool, lays out three recession scenarios that may hit your innovation group…


Living Through Budget Cuts: Mission, Communication & Metrics

2020-01-16T17:00:00+00:00By Naomi Fried Contributing Columnist & Former Chief Innovation Officer Boston Children's Hospital

“In recessions…groups get shut down completely,” says health care innovation expert Naomi Fried. Fried discusses defending the mission when times are tight…


How Innovators Can Prepare for Tough Times


To help you plan for (and survive) challenging times, we sought advice from seven people who have guided innovation, insights, and incubation groups through difficult stretches, at companies like Starbucks, Whirlpool, Intel, and Levi Strauss & Co. What can you be doing to put yourself and your team in the best possible position? Read on…


What to Do When the Cost-Cutting Knives Come Out

2020-01-16T17:00:00+00:00By Rick Waldron Contributing Columnist & Former VP of Innovation Strategy Nike

When times are good, corporate innovation groups often get a pass. What do you do when things aren’t so good? Here’s advice from Rick Waldron, a former innovation leader at Nike and Intel.


Banking Insights and Identifying Post-Recession Opportunities

2020-01-16T17:00:00+00:00By Michael Perman, Contributing Columnist and Former Dean of Global Innovation, Gap Inc.

“Being seen as a group that is purely visionary and focused on idea generation can make your group vulnerable to cuts,” writes Michael Perman, a former innovation and marketing leader at Gap Inc. and Levi Strauss. Perman explains how to avoid that fate when recessions, or other organizational stressors, are on the way.

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Three Steps to Preparing for an Economic Downturn

2020-01-16T17:00:00+00:00By Mark Polson, Contributing Columnist and former VP, Creativity and Business Innovation, Estée Lauder Companies

Former Estée Lauder Vice President Mark Polson offers a succinct guide to navigating an economic downturn, starting with an innovation agenda that “is laser-focused and closely aligned with the organization’s strategy.”


Demonstrate Value by Looking for Gaps to Fill

2020-01-16T17:00:00+00:00By Dennis McGrath, Contributing Columnist and Former GM of Retail Innovation, Plated

“Whenever the business softened just a little…Time horizons would shrink from years to ‘today,’” writes former Starbucks VP Dennis McGrath…


How Downturns Impact Innovation Teams

2020-01-15T01:33:00+00:00By Sean Bayrakal, Contributing Columnist and former innovation strategy leader, Adidas Group

”In a time of business contraction, innovation initiatives tend to be identified as an easy place to cut,” writes former Adidas Group innovation leader Sean Bayrakal. 


Innovation Hub Utopias and Dystopias: What Can Go Right (And Wrong) in Setting One Up

2020-01-08T17:08:00+00:00By Amanda Ramos, Contributing Columnist & Innovation Director, Gensler

Gensler Innovation Director Amanda Ramos worked with colleagues to capture all of the things that make innovation hubs thrive — or flop. Includes a large-format graphic.


Customer Focus, Culture, and Decision-Making at Amazon and Google


Faisal Masud has held senior roles in a range of organizations, from Staples to eBay to Amazon. He was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Wing, a drone aviation business that is part of Google. In several videos, he shares his perspective on attracting the best talent, and why a commitment to innovation at the top doesn’t always trickle down.

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The First 5 Things to Do When You’re Given Responsibility for Corporate Innovation


There are major risks of failure that surround every new innovation program. But there are also ”clear steps that innovation leaders can take to mitigate these risks, while increasing the likelihood that they can generate a concrete ROI for their company,” writes Alex Slawsby, a Director of Innovation at the Brazilian aerospace firm Embraer. He lists the first five inside…


Connecting Startups in a Portfolio with Business Units


Ayal Somech, Director of Portfolio Development, Boeing Horizonx Ventures, shares how his team executed a quick win. 


Getting Scientists Thinking More Like Businesspeople


Alex Byelashov, VP of Innovations & Brewing Solutions at John I. Haas, shares some insights on quick wins. 


Designing a Bounty Program for Innovators


Gwenn Peters, Innovation Leader at Rockwell Automation, shares the story of her organization’s bountry program for innovators.


My First Big Failure: 4 Pieces of Advice for Intrapreneurs


Dan Seewald, Founder + CEO of Deliberate Innovation and Former Head of Worldwide Innovation at Pfizer, discusses what he learned from the failure of his first startup. 


Top 10 Innovation Leader Articles, Podcasts, and Reports: 2019


What were the most popular reports, case studies, and resources that the Innovation Leader team produced in 2019? We pulled the data! 


New York Roundtable Hosted by Tiffany & Co.


In December, we brought together innovation and R&D leaders from large organizations at Tiffany & Co.’s headquarters to discuss building a system to support innovation at scale. 


Centralized vs. Embedded Innovation: Which is Right for Your Organization?

2019-12-18T15:00:00+00:00By Jennifer Kirby, Contributing Columnist and Former Managing Director of Strategic Innovation, Hyatt Hotels

Jennifer Kirby, a former Managing Director on the innovation team at Hyatt Hotels, lays out the advantages of centralizing innovation versus embedding it within teams.


Failure: The Other F-Word

2019-12-17T15:00:00+00:00By , Molli DeRosa

Innovators often repeat the mantra, “Fail fast, fail cheap.” But is that the right approach to projects that flop? 


15 Slide Presentations from Big Company Innovation Executives


These 15 slide presentations offer insights into innovation strategy at organizations like NASA, Google, Nike, Mastercard, and Procter & Gamble. Get them all here…


Quick Wins: Data and Case Studies on Delivering Results Fast


What role should quick wins play in your innovation or R&D portfolio? That’s the question we set out to answer with a survey and a set of qualitative interviews in our most recent research report. 


Inside the Mind of Alex Osterwalder

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“What’s the latest from the mind of Alex Osterwalder?” We sat down with Osterwalder to discuss business model innovation and the themes in his upcoming book.


What Large Companies Can Learn From Failure


Ari Ginsberg, professor of entrepreneurship and management at NYU, discusses gazelles, elephants, and why it’s important to build a company culture that talks about successes — and failures.

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Innovation Essentials: Revera Senior Living

2019-12-03T11:00:00+00:00By Molli DeRosa, Kaitlin Milliken

“How can teams use co-creation to innovate?” Innovation Leader’s Kaitlin Milliken discusses how the team at Revera Senior Living navigates this challenge. 


What Can Go Wrong with Corporate Venture Capital Initiatives


Hunter Ashmore, co-founder of IndustrialML, laid out nine things that can go wrong when companies decide to set up a corporate venture capital group.


Three Tactics to Spur Innovation Inside Highly-Regulated Companies


If you’re on the inside of a traditional, regulated industry and want to shake up the status quo, here are three things you need to start doing, according to the former Head of Worldwide Innovation at Pfizer. Includes a downloadable set of tips.


How Haskell Uses VR to Keep Construction Sites Safe


Get an inside look at Haskell’s VR safety simulation, which seeks to train employees on potentially dangerous situations…


Counter-Intelligence: Lessons from Whirlpool’s WLabs


Brett Dibkey knows what he shouldn’t be doing at Whirlpool’s WLabs: delivering incremental improvements to the refrigerator. Instead, his 4-year-old incubator, located in Benton Harbor, Mich., is tasked with something a whole lot harder: creating new kinds of appliances in categories that aren’t yet well-established. 


Pointers: Upgrading Your Innovation Initiative


For this edition of Pointers, we gathered advice and insights from our Strategic Partners about upgrading and expanding programs that have been in place for a year or more.  


Inside the Supply Chain


How can supply chain innovation deliver serious value? Guests from Retail Business Services, J&J, and MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics discuss.


Innovation Mentorship


“What types of mentoring programs do other corporate innovation centers offer?” We gathered the best pieces of advice from the Innovation Leader network…

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Uncovering Breakthroughs — Six Steps


How do you solve a problem if you don’t know the biggest challenges to focus on? Ludwig Melik and Sara Husk of Planbox explain.

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Racing the Calendar: Inside New Balance’s Test Run Project


The traditional process for creating a shoe takes 18 months. New Balance’s new record, as a result of their Test Run program, is seven months…

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‘Benchmarking Innovation Impact 2020’ Roundtable in Boston


To coincide with the release of our Benchmarking Innovation Impact 2020 report, sponsored by KPMG, we gathered innovation professionals in Boston to discuss the findings.

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Getting Innovation Started


How can teams set innovation initiatives up for success? To get best practices, we sat down with guests from Marriott, Comcast NBCUniversal, and Innosight.


25 Recent Data Points and Charts for Innovators in Large Organizations


This presentation includes 25 charts, graphs and rankings—all published in 2018 or 2019—that are relevant to people working on innovation and R&D initiatives in large organizations. The material comes from Innovation Leader research reports, as well as reports produced by Deloitte, KPMG, BCG, and others. You can download the presentation in PDF or PowerPoint form.

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Innovation at AARP: ‘No Money, No Mission’


According to Andy Miller, SVP of Innovation at AARP, the Washington, DC-based nonprofit, “Social mission is great, but we often say ‘No money, no mission.’” So how can nonprofits make the case to create or scale their innovation teams with both funding and social mission in mind? 

Innovation at The Nature Conservancy


Stepping inside The Nature Conservancy’s New York City office is like finding an oasis in a concrete desert. Tucked into the 14th floor of a seemingly standard skyscraper in Chelsea…


How TeakOrigin Survived the Death of Two Innovation Labs


It’s rare that a project survives the death of the innovation lab that hatched it. But a handheld scanner that could analyze the freshness of a piece of fruit or fish created in the Hong Kong offices of the multinational grocer Tesco, survived not one but two near-death experiences.


The Four Stages of Commercial Innovation

2019-11-06T11:00:00+00:00By Rob Erman, Contributing Columnist & Former Head of Client Solution Innovation, BNY Mellon

Companies do fine when it comes to incrementally improving a product line. But when they want to come up with an entirely new offering that will drive revenue, they struggle. Rob Erman, the former Head of Client Solution Innovation at BNY Mellon, offers a model for succeeding.


Fast Times in Quick Service


What can we expect from the future of fast food? We sat down with Jessica Anselmi, Panera’s Director of Innovation and Category Growth, to find out…

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Innovation Leader’s Impact 2019 Conference in San Francisco


Innovation Leader brought together 350 strategy, innovation, and R&D executives from around the world to San Francisco for Impact 2019. Photos from the conference inside…


Five Tips for Innovators This November


Our team has been focused on creating resources to guide you through success and failure. Here are five pieces of advice from our October coverage. 


Illustrated Notes from Impact 2019: General Mills, IBM, and More…


At our Impact 2019 member conference in San Francisco, we brought in the talented “graphic facilitator” Bree Sanchez to capture all of our mainstage sessions, as well as selected others. Here’s a look at some of her work…


Innovation Essentials: The Nature Conservancy

2019-10-29T10:30:00+00:00By Molli DeRosa

”What can corporate innovators learn from the world of non-profits?” To find out, we break down one of our articles and read it aloud for you. Listen here…


Why We Give Out an ‘Epic Fail Award’ to Employees

2019-10-24T14:00:00+01:00By Mike Proulx, Contributing Columnist, Chief Innovation Officer at Hill Holliday

Mike Proulx, Chief Innovation Officer at Hill Holliday, shares why the ad agency he works for gives out an “Epic Fail Award” every year, and how it has impacted the way the organization thinks about success and failure. 

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How to Build an AI-Ready Organization


The truth about AI? It’s easy to throw away millions on infrastructure without seeing any impact. IDEO’s Joe Brown and Mike Stringer describe a different approach…


All Your Innovation Questions, Answered


We answer questions on corporate innovation submtted by listeners. Get advice on H3 innovation, going from good to great, and spreading innovation company-wide. 


Book Excerpt: How to Avoid the Post-Design Sprint Slump

2019-10-21T15:30:00+01:00By Douglas Ferguson, Author, "Beyond the Prototype"

What exactly is a post-Design Sprint slump, and how do you know if you’re in one? Author and facilitator Douglas Ferguson lays out the symptoms in an excerpt from his new book, “Beyond the Prototype.” 


How Innovation, R&D, and Strategy Executives Get Paid


If you’re doing innovation-related work in a large organization, how much should you be earning? 


Learnings From the Sudden Death of the World’s First Social Robot

2019-10-16T13:00:00+01:00By Blade Kotelly, Contributing Writer

Blade Kotelly, former Vice President of Design at Jibo, shares the story of creating the world’s first “social robot,” and what led to its ultimate failure. 


High-Tech on the High Seas


Once you’ve identified some promising technologies, how do you test and deploy them in the real world? To find out, we went to Miami to visit Royal Caribbean.


Staffing Innovation Teams?


What…information might there be about innovation staffing? In-sourced vs. out-sourced? Types of roles/functions on innovation team?


The 20 Mistakes New Corporate Innovators Make


Being tapped to lead innovation inside a big, established organization is a tough assignment. Here are the 20 most common mistakes that we see new corporate innovators make.

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‘Benchmarking Innovation Impact 2020’ Roundtable in Chicago


To coincide with the release of our Benchmarking Innovation Impact 2020 report, sponsored by KPMG, we gathered innovation professionals to discuss the  findings.


Scouting Emerging Technology

2019-10-08T10:00:00+01:00By , Molli DeRosa

How do you scout for new technology that’s the right fit for your business? Marc Lavallee, Head of R&D at The New York Times, shares best practices…

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How Royal Caribbean is Deploying New Technologies


We go inside Royal Caribbean’s innovation lab in Miami and on board their ship, Navigator of the Seas, to see the company’s digital transformation in action. 

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Inside the Boston Ecosystem: Wayfair, Blue Cross & More


In our 2019 Boston Field Study, attendees visited Wayfair, Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Well-B space, PTC, Suffolk Construction, and LearnLaunch.


Failing Fast: An Illustrated Fable

2019-10-04T14:00:00+01:00By Dan Roam, Contributing Artist and Founder, The Napkin Academy

“We kicked off in a sequestered innovation lab, well protected from the unpredictability of the market…” Dan Roam draws you a picture of what happened next…


Five Pieces of Advice to Jumpstart Your October


As the third quarter of 2019 comes to a close, innovators approach the future with positivity. Looking for other ways to share the optimism? Get advice here…


Does It Scale?


How do you successfully scale new ideas? To find out, we traveled to Shell TechWorks in Cambidge, Mass. Experts from ESPN and KPMG also shared their advice. 


Insights from Winners of the 2019 Impact Awards


In this webcast, several winners of our 2019 Impact Awards share tips on how they’ve been making change happen inside their organizations. 


Running More Innovative Meetings?


“[Is] there any…content/statistics around smart meetings and techniques that companies are employing in the brainstorming process to encourage innovation?”

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How to Win Over the Two Kinds of Customers That Matter


Every idea needs a strategy to win over two kinds of customers in parallel: internal customers and external customers. Alex Slawsby of EmbraerX, serves up five tips.

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Seven Techniques to Tell a Great Innovation Success Story

2019-09-24T18:32:00+01:00By Ludwig Melik, Planbox

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.

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How Do You Launch a New Business?

2019-09-24T15:26:00+01:00By Ned Calder, Innosight

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? 


Finding Your Innovation Allies


How can you find innovation allies? We pull insights from our recent Benchmarking Innovation Impact 2020 Report, and head over to the Bose headquarters to find out…

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How Can Failures Fuel Learning?

2019-09-24T07:29:00+01:00By Ludwig Melik, Planbox

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 ...


Here’s Our List of 2019 Impact Award Winners


This year’s winners include companies in the US, Portugal, and Germany that leveraged analytics, virtual reality for education, software “robots,” a totally digital accelerator program, and venture capital investing.


Our Podcast Recommendations for Corporate Innovators


Our podcast, Innovation Answered, is back for its third season! Looking for more shows to binge? Here are five podcast recommendations for corporate innovators. 


Innovation as a Career Path & Breakthrough Capabilities


Large organizations have a history of stopping and starting when it comes to breakthrough innovation. Babson’s Gina O’Connor and Andrew Corbett tackle these pain points.


Benchmarking Innovation Impact 2020


Data, insights, and advice from more than 200 of your peers to help you overcome innovation challenges.

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Innovation Answered, Season Three


We’re back and better than ever. Listen to the trailer to see what’s in store, and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts for new episodes starting next week on Tuesday. 


How Customer-Centric Innovation can Lead to Big Wins


Olivier Toubia of Columbia Business School discusses factors leading to failure, how connecting with customers lays the foundation for success, and the role machine learning should play in sifting through ideas.


Why Innovations Fail (and How to Avoid It)

2019-09-10T14:00:00+01:00By Josh Bernoff, Author, Former SVP of Idea Development at Forrester Research

Why do some innovative ideas fail and others succeed? Bad timing, corporate politics, and rigid regulations are among the culprits. Here are some tips to avert disaster.


How Tiffany & Co. is Turning Prototypes into Products Faster


The legendary jewelry-maker Tiffany & Co. dates back to 1837. A new Jewelry Design & Innovation Workshop is changing how the company creates products…

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Getting Leadership on Board with Corporate Innovation


Learn how to get executives on board with your innovation program in this webinar replay. Brant Cooper, CEO of Moves The Needle, demonstrates how to build strategic consensus.


Five Innovation Tips to Start Your September


Vacation season is over, so brush up on what you missed while you were at the beach. Check out five takeaways from our August coverage of corporate innovation…


Working with Startups after Acquisition?


“I’m looking for insights into how to work with a startup when they are bought out,” one member asks. “We…wonder if someone has insights they would be willing to share.” 


‘If This Works’: The Secret to Avoiding Projects that Become Too Big to Fail

2019-08-29T14:00:00+01:00By Zeeshan Sheikh, Contributing Columnist and Director of Emerging Technologies, Everbridge

A common mistake when companies try to become more accepting of failure and to act like a startup is that the effort becomes “too enterprise-y.” Zeeshan Sheikh explains…


The Five-Step Approach to Disruptive Thinking


Luke Williams of NYU walks through the five steps of disruptive thinking, the “hybrid” approach to innovation, and what innovators can learn from professional chefs…


Finalists for Innovation Leader’s 2019 Impact Awards


The 2019 awards will be handed out this October in San Francisco, at the year’s biggest gathering of corporate innovators, Impact 2019. Here’s a look at who made the cut as finalists…


Expedia Exec: Three Elements for Successful Innovation


David Krieger, Sr. Director of Strategy and Business Development for, shares his advice on making innovation happen inside large organizations, and three trends his team is watching. 


A Magna Carta for Corporate-Startup Collaborations


In this book excerpt, Trond Undheim, entrepreneur and former head of the MIT Startup Exchange, shares four elements of effective corporate-startup interactions, and some of the factors that can lead to failure or frustration.


Inside Autodesk’s SF Technology Center

2019-08-13T16:00:00+01:00By , video edited by Rachel Callahan

Autodesk’s San Francisco Technology Center is an innovator’s paradise, equipped with a wide array of tools and a skilled staff to help with the prototyping process…

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Inside Intel’s New VC Strategy: Fewer, Bigger Bets


Intel Capital has put over $12 billion into 1,500 startups since it was founded in 1991. Mark Rostick offers explains how it has endured.

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Closing the Innovation Blindspot with a Visual Story


Using just a pen and paper, Dan Roam shows you how to tell your innovation story under 10 minutes — even if you can’t draw to save your life. 

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Five Truths about Amazon


No one there is going to tell you to stay in your lane, explains former Amazon program manager Jerry Gupta. He shares other insights about the corporate culture inside…

Minneapolis Roundtable Moves the Needle 2019

Minneapolis Roundtable on Embracing Failure


In July, we brought together 15 innovation and R&D leaders from large organizations in Minneapolis. The gathering was hosted at Target’s headquarters.


Five Corporate Innovation Tips to Kick Off August


Looking for the advice to kick start your month? Check out five takeaways from our July coverage of corporate innovation…

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Innovation at The Nature Conservancy


Jennifer Chin of The Nature Conservancy discusses the organization’s Sustainability Accelerator, and what corporates can learn from nonprofits…

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Chicago Roundtable on How to Achieve Organizational Agility


In mid-July, we brought together 10 innovation and R&D leaders from large organizations at Hyatt Hotels’ headquarters to discuss organizational agility. 


How Brands Adapt to Disruption in Retail


Thought leaders with experience at Amazon, Ahold Delhaize, Roche Brothers, and L.L. Bean share industry trends discussed at Revolution Retail, a food retail pop-up.

London Field Study 2019

Inside London's Ecosystem: General Assembly, Barclays’ Rise & More


Our 2019 London Field Study brought executives together to discuss creating an innovative culture in established organizations. See pictures from the event here…


Inside the Mind of Bob Metcalfe


What’s the difference between innovation & invention? Bob Metcalfe shares. He also discusses founding 3Com and the company culture that allowed him to invent Ethernet…


What NASA has Learned about the Power of the Crowd


Crowdsourcing can help your team discover new ideas. Steve Rader of NASA’s Johnson Space Center will discuss his experience with harnessing the power of the crowd. 

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Suzi Hamill on the Power of Play


 Suzi Hamill, the former Vice President of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments, shares how play can help teams work more cohesively. Watch the video…

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Aflac Exec on Growing a Venture Capital Fund


Bharat Rajaram of Aflac discusses how the company grew its corporate venture fund in a year and the role of Aflac Venture Labs. Get advice here…


Advice on Ecosystem Development & Co-Creation


Andy Michuda of Sopheon, Shannon Lucas of Ericsson, and Michael Britt of Southern company explore best practices for ecosystem development. Get advice here…


Advice for Horizon Three Innovation?


We asked the Innovation Leader community: “Who does [H3 innovation] well? Do you have best practices or process overviews on this front?” Get advice here…

Boston Roundtable 2019

Execs Discuss Digital Challenges at Google


Our June roundtable focused on the challenge of creating an organization that is digital at its core. Photos inside…

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‘Culture Matching’ with the Right Startups

2019-07-03T11:00:00+01:00By Paul Campbell, Contributing Columnist & Chief Innovation Officer, Gore Innovation Center

“Corporate innovation…teams spend little time assessing culture’s role in…[working] with startups,” writes W.L. Gore’s Paul Campbell. Get advice on how to avoid that fate…


Top 15 Global Hotspots for Corporate Innovation

2019-07-01T20:22:00+01:00By ,

For our list of the top cities for corporate innovation around the world, we examined an array of factors that create a constructive context for big companies that want to engage in ecosystems outside of their home turf.


At Experian, Data is an Innovator’s Best Friend


How are big companies working with data? Find out how Experian’s DataLabs spread innovative data solutions across the company. Listen to the full episode here…


Inside AXA Next’s Innovation Avenues

2019-06-20T11:30:00+01:00By , Graphic by Rachel Callahan.

AXA Next unites the French insurance company’s innovation initiatives. Learn more about AXA’s different innovation funds and how the company explores the insurtech.

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Five Elements of Successful Startup Engagement from the US Air Force


Steve Lauver, a Captain in the US Air Force, shares five elements of successful startup partnerships. He also discusses AFWERX, a program innovating within the Air Force.

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Inside Sam’s Club Now, an Incubator Store for Testing New Concepts

2019-06-17T13:00:00+01:00By Patricia Riedman Yeager, Contributing Writer

Sam’s Club Now is an incubator store made to test out ideas like AR experiences with products, cashierless checkout, a Sam’s Club app, and more.


Six Tips From Google on Implementing AI


During a talk at MIT, Rajen Sheth, Product Manager for Google Cloud, outlined the six lessons he’s learned while implementing AI at Google and other companies.

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Partnerships at Bayer’s Innovation Center


Dr. Chris Haskell discusses how Bayer partners with startups, academic institutions, and other corporates at the company’s Innovation center.


Chick-fil-A’s Hatch Innovation Center & the Future of Fast-Food


Innovators throughout Chick-fil-A gather at Hatch — the company’s hub for innovation — to solve common problems in the business. Get insights from the initative…


How Construction Giant Bechtel is Building the Future


David J. Wilson of Bechtel says, “It’s becoming…a necessity to find ways to improve construction productivity…” Wilson explains what Bechtel is doing, including its “Future Fund.”


ExxonMobil Exec on Getting Your Innovation Program Started


Starting in 2014, Christopher Bailey helped to create a new Digital Ventures team and new innovation programming within ExxonMobil’s IT organization, under an umbrella group that was known as #innovation. Here’s his advice on getting a program started. 


Evolving the Innovation Mission at Humana


Humana’s Roberto Roitz talks about the importance of creating a common language around what innovation means for the organization, and getting buy-in from operational colleagues. Roitz is a Director of Stratgeic Partnerships at Humana, the $57 billion health insurance and managed care provider based in Louisville, Kentucky. 

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EmbraerX Director of Innovation on Competing for Budget


We sat down with Peter Berger, Director of Innovation at EmbraerX, a disruptive innovation group inside Embraer, the world’s third-biggest maker of aircraft. Among EmbraerX’s projects is development of EVTOLs — electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles — in collaboration with Uber. 

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Execs Discuss Elevating the Human Experience in Boston


We brought together innovation, technology, and R&D leaders from large organizations in Boston. One topic of interest was responsible data stewardship. Photos inside…

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The PGA’s First Chief Innovation Officer on His 2019 Agenda


The PGA of America represents 29,000 golf professionals and runs top golf championships. The PGA’s Chief Innovation Officer discusses his plans for catalyzing innovation.

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How Coca-Cola Created the Soda Fountain of the Future


The inside story how how a skunkworks team of Coca-Cola engineers created the Freestyle soda fountain back in 2007 — and what they’re working on and imporving for the second iteration.

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Expanding Innovation at Our NYC Deep Dive


At our recent New York City Deep Dive event, leaders from around the US met in New York to discuss tactics for starting and expanding innovation initiatives. See photos…

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Inside Silicon Valley’s Innovation Culture


We ask, “What makes FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google ) more innovative than other companies?” We ask Faisal Masud of Wing Aviation to find out. 

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Building the Right Foundation for Innovation


Nancy Tennant, a professor the University of Notre Dame and the former Chief Innovation Officer at Whirlpool, explores how to build the right foundation for innovation at your company. 

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Taiwan’s ‘Crypto Congressman’ on Infusing Tech into Government


Jason Hsu of Taiwan discusses cryptocurrencies, blockchain in Taiwan, and the culture of innovation in his office. 

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Revera Senior Living on Tackling the Challenges of Aging Collaboratively


From involving residents to running internal idea challenges to partnering with young tech companies, Revera Senior Living seeks to innovate aging collaboratively. 

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How Comcast NBCUniversal’s LIFT Lab Created a Startup Program


Over a four years, Comcast NBCUniversal’s Danielle Cohn built LIFT Labs, a startup engagement program. She shares advice on how to design a startup strategy.

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Remaking R&D at the Kellogg Company


How is Kellogg reimagining their business through R&D? We sat down with SVP of Global Research and Development Nigel Hughes to find out. 


Agile AF: How Kessel Run Lab Innovates in the Air Force


In the Air Force, passing clearances reigns, slowing down projects. But, Kessel Run seeks to go from ideation to getting software to users in as fast as 88 days.

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25 Corporate Innovation Hubs in London

2019-04-29T19:18:00+01:00By , with additional research by Caitlin Harper and Scott Kirsner

Explore our interactive map to see the key players in London’s ecosystem, from corporate innovation labs to venture capital funds to accelerators.


‘Office of New Urban Mechanics’ Nudges City Gov to Take Risks


Boston’s Office of New Urban Mechanics is a civic innovation incubator and R&D lab. It’s also the city’s “risk team, the failure team,” says co-founder Nigel Jacob.

Master Class

Balancing Sustaining and Strategic Innovation


In our most recent Master Class, Larry Schmitt and Steve Schwartz from The Inovo Group discussed how to balance sustaining and strategic innovation. 

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How Do You Unlock Innovation?

2019-04-24T20:11:00+01:00By Ken Toombs, PA Consulting

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.

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Can Corporate Innovators Learn to Dance?

2019-04-24T20:08:00+01:00By Larry Schmitt, The Inovo Group

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?

2019-04-24T20:04:00+01:00By Katherine Londergan, IDEO Cambridge & David Schonthal, IDEO Chicago

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…

Podcast Season 2 Episode 5

Innovators vs. the Rulebook. Who Wins?


How do you get innovation wins in a highly regulated industry? Mohan Nair of Cambia Health, Steve Faktor of the McFuture Podcast, and Ludwig Melik of Planbox share…


Startup Engagement: Best Practices for Large Organizations


Learn how some of the top-performing organizations in the world design strategies to engage with startups.

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Innovation Answered: The Podcast for Corporate Innovators


Innovation at large, established companies is hard. So we made a podcast to help you overcome obstacles and create change at your organization.


Blank Checks for Innovators and ‘Getting the Hell Out of the Way’


We talked to Northwestern University’s Professor Mohanbir Sawhney about the benefits of a blank check, getting buy-in from the C-Suite, and measuring results.

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Foundations: A Five-Day Email Program for Getting Corporate Innovation Started


Foundations: A Five-Day Email Program for Getting Corporate Innovation Started

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Philips, GE Healthcare, Siemens CEOs Talk AI in Healthcare


Read highlights from a conversation with CEOs from GE Healthcare, Philips, and Siemens Healthineers approach AI at their companies.

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Innovating the Supply Chain Georgia-Pacific’s Point A Center


Georgia-Pacific’s Point A Center launches collaborative pilots between different companies to tackle complex supply chains with increased visibility and sustainability.


Co-Creation & Ecosystem Development


Get data from 275 innovation professionals on co-creation and ecosystem development.


How the Shubert Organization Puts Startups on the Broadway Stage


We sat down with Kyle Wright, the Digital Projects Director at Shubert Ticketing, to learn more about the company’s innovation focuses and their new Broadway Tech Accelerator.

Podcast Season 2 Episode 4

Bringing Star Wars to Life at Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB


What will the entertainment of the future look like? We sat down with Vicki Dobbs Beck of Lucasfilm’s Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment ILMxLAB to find out. 


What Powers the Business Models of Apple, IKEA, and Uber?


In this book excerpt, Langdon Morris lays out a framework and questions that can be helpful in designing new business models or improving existing ones.

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Organizational Agility & Emerging Tech at Our NYC Roundtable


In late March, we brought together 15 innovation and R&D leaders from large organizations in New York City to discuss organizational agility and emerging tech.


Innovation & Risk


How well-aligned is your innovation group with colleagues in legal, compliance & security? Our 50-page report is packed with advice.

Podcast Season 2 Episode 3

Playing In the Startup Sandbox


Should big companies even try to plug in to the startup ecosystem? We talk with Arvind Purushotham, the Head of Venture Investing at Citi Ventures, and others to find out.


How Truck Manufacturer PACCAR is Innovating for the Long Haul


 Tesla isn’t alone in the ring of companies experimenting with electric, autonomous, and smarter commercial vehicles.

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Can the Retail Industry Stay Relevant?


Can the retail industry stay relevant with today’s consumers? We went to New York City for NRF’s Big Show to find out. Guests work at Footlocker and Retail Minded. 

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Inside the Bay Area's Ecosystem: Target, W.L. Gore, and More


Inside Gore Innovation Center, Target Open House, the Bolt makerspace and venture firm, AppDynamics, the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, RocketSpace, and Andreessen Horowitz.

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Inside the Mind of Clay Christensen


How do Clay Christensen’s ideas apply in 2019? Innovation Leader’s Scott Kirsner discusses his coverage of Christensen. Clips from interviews with Christensen are played throughout.


Whose Approval do you Need to Spend Your Budget?


We asked the Innovation Leader community the following question: “What’s the top innovation issue you’re going to tackle in 2019?” Inside are a few of the best responses…

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Overcoming the Challenges of Business Model Innovation


Alex Osterwalder, inventor of the Business Model Canvas, shares how testing new business models can help companies prepare for the future.

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Citi Ventures Leader: Not All Transformations are Digital

2019-03-11T11:54:00+00:00By Beth Devin, Contributing Columnist & Head of Innovation Network & Emerging Technology, Citi Ventures

As software continues to “eat the world,” there’s a tendency to assume that all transformations are digital. But that is not entirely true. Beth Devin of Citi Ventures explains.

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Unlocking Play, the Secret Ingredient of Teams that Work


Suzi Hamill, the former Vice President of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments, shares strategic approaches to designing play into work.

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The 25 Best Anti-Innovation Quotes Ever

2019-03-06T12:19:00+00:00By Dan Wheeler, Contributing Columnist & SVP of Marketing & Innovation, Wahlburgers

Many of history’s most respected intellectuals — not just the senior leadership at your company — have said silly things about new ideas that had not yet realized their potential.


The State of Innovation 2019


What are corporate innovators thinking about in 2019? We sat down with Professor Gary Pisano of Harvard Business School and Innovation Leader’s Scott Kirsner to find out.


An Annotated Map of 25 Corporate Innovation Hubs in New York City

2019-02-22T20:38:00+00:00By , additional research by Kaitlin Milliken & Caitlin Harper

It’s hard to compete with Wall Street when it comes to global influence and importance. In fact, in 2018, New York’s financial hub surpassed London in one key ranking (thanks, Brexit!).


Why Agile Retail Needs to be on Your Radar

2019-02-15T13:01:00+00:00By Lindsay Angelo Contributing Columnist & Former Strategy Manager at lululemon

As 2019 unfolds, physical retail is undergoing a major transformation — one characterized by freshness, nimbleness, and curation. Lindsay Angelo explains…

American Greetings moved their headquarters from Brooklyn to Westlake, Ohio in 2016.

Inside American Greetings, Where ‘Meaningful Connections’ Are Made


Most think of American Greetings as a purveyor of greeting cards. But VP of Innovation Carol Miller says the company is in the “meaningful connections” business.

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How Cisco Brings Multiple Companies Together to Innovate


Cisco executive Kate O’Keeffe explains the format of the company’s 48-hour “living lab” program, which brings together multiple companies to explore opportunities.

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How Innovators and Risk Managers Can Work Better Together


In this Master Class, Mastercard’s Bob Reany and Innovation Leader’s Scott Kirsner shared best practices for working productively with security, legal, and compliance teams.


How a Network of Innovators Impacted the Culture at Pfizer


Daniel Seewald, Head of Worldwide Innovation at Pfizer, shares how Pfizer created and honed a global program called "Dare to Try," and the organizational impact it has had so far.

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What Lowe’s CEO Marvin Ellison Talks ‘Retail Fundamentals’


Lowe’s CEO has a mantra for the company: “Retail fundamentals.” Read highlights from his talk at the National Retail Federation’s annual conference in New York.

Robots inside Autodesk's BUILD space focuses on the future of the architecture and construction industries.

50+ Corporate Innovation Hubs in Boston and Cambridge


Boston houses a fertile innovation scene that attracts corporates who want to keep an eye on the latest research; hire recent grads; and invest in startups. See 50+ hubs here…


TGI Fridays and AI? The Chains’ Chief Experience Officer Explains


How are companies implementing AI? We talked to Sherif Mityas, the Chief Experience Officer of TGI Fridays, to find out how AI helps the company stay relevant with customers.

Society of Grownups CEO Nondini Naqui shares learnings so far, and expansion plans for 2016.

Foundations Day 4: What Does Your “Influence Chart” Look Like?


If you’ve got a whiteboard or a piece of paper handy, who are the 3-6 key influencers you need a constructive relationship with? Find out what your influence chart looks like in this video.

Harvard Business School professor and author Len Schlesinger

Foundations Day 2: Understanding C-Level Executives


Leonard Schlesinger of Harvard Business School discusses how CEOs think about Box 1, Box 2, and Box 3 innovation — and offers advice for innovation leaders working with their CEOs. 

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How Piaggio Fast Forward Brings Engineering Cultures Together


How do you ensure that an innovation lab takes advantage of the engineering smarts of the core business? Find out how Piaggio Fast Forward tackled the challenge.

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How Management Systems Can Support Innovation


How do companies become innovative for the long haul? Nancy Tennant, an adjunct professor at Notre Dame and UChicago, addresses this question in her new book.

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Four Ways Retailers are Combatting Disruption in 2019


At the National Retail Federation's Big Show 2019, attendees discussed how to vie for attention from customers in the age of Amazon and thousands of options at their fingertips.


What’s Your Top Innovation Issue for 2019?


We asked the Innovation Leader community the following question: “What’s the top innovation issue you’re going to tackle in 2019?” Inside are a few of the best responses…

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How Long Do Corporate Innovation Jobs Last, and What Happens Next?


How long do people typically stay in corporate innovation roles — at all levels? And where do they go next? We analyzed data from over 150 LinkedIn profiles to find out.

Genevieve Juillard, Managing Director, Global Expansion Credit Services, Experian

Big Corporates Can’t Innovate — And Other Myths

2019-01-22T20:09:00+00:00By Genevieve Juillard, Contributing Columnist & Managing Director, Experian

Genevieve Juillard of Experian, the $4.6 billion credit reporting agency,  writes that large companies “must change the way they approach innovation.” Here’s how…

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What Innovators are Thinking about in 2019

2019-01-22T20:01:00+00:00By , Photos by Kara Swenson, Contributing Photographer

To start off the new year, we brought together some members of the Innovation Leader community for breakfast, to discuss their innovation agendas and goals for 2019. Photos inside…

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Lyft, Tesla & the Future of Mobility


What will the future of mobility look like? We talked to Jon McNeill, COO of Lyft, about what consumers can expect moving forward. Jon also discussed his experience at Tesla.

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Finding the Right Mix of Internal and External Innovation


Rob Martens of security company, Allegion, discussed how his team uses venture capital to balance internal and external innovation. Elliot Parker of venture firm High Alpha also shared his experience.

Aaron Proietti, author of Today's Innovator.

Advice on Innovation Governance, Budgeting, Metrics


In his new book, former Transamerica exec Aaron Proietti talks about innovation not as an outcome, but as a competency that helps organizations escape the status quo.

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Target CEO on Making Bricks-and-Mortar Stores Work Harder


Read edited highlights from Target CEO Brian Cornell’s speech and onstage Q&A session with NRF CEO Matthew Shay.


Inside Cadillac’s Brand Building Initiative, Cadillac House


Opened in 2015, Cadillac House space includes a free art gallery, pop-up stores, a café, as well as the latest Cadillac vehicles. Take a look inside the space in this video.

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Selected Speakers from Past Innovation Leader Events


Since 2014, Innovation Leader has hosted dozens of events in the US and Europe. These are a few of the speakers who have been part of them…

Embraer X's current projects include electric-powered vertical take-off and landing concept aircraft, or eVTOL.

An Annotated Map of 50 Corporate Innovation Hubs in Silicon Valley

2019-01-03T17:19:00+00:00By , with additional research by Caitlin Harper

Our list of sites for "big company" innovation in the Bay Area looks at the region though the lens of public companies investing in R&D, innovation, or corporate venture capital. 

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Kate O’Keefe on Building an Innovation Bootcamp with Impact


In our "Building Idea Challenges that Work" conference call, Kate O'Keeffe, founder of Cisco's Hyper Innovation Living Lab (CHILL), shares how she built a 48-hour bootcamp with impact.

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Steve Blank on Building Innovation Teams


Silicon Valley-based serial entrepreneur, Steve Blank shares how companies can set up a system that fosters innovation and effectively creates change. 

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Innovation and Blurring Sectors: Where Will You Blur the Lines?

2018-12-28T13:01:00+00:00By Lindsay Angelo Contributing Columnist & Former Strategy Manager at lululemon

Contributing columnist Lindsay Angelo says we'll see more sectors colliding in 2019 to create something bigger and more impactful than each could do on its own.


Best Innovation Coverage of 2018


We pulled data on the most popular reports, case studies & resources that our team produced in 2018. Get insights from our 12 top resources and another 15 from our partners.

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VR, AR, and Hyper-Reality Star Wars Experiences at Lucasfilm

2018-12-21T13:30:00+00:00By , video by Pablo Miner

Vicki Dobbs Beck, Executive in Charge at Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB, discusses Star Wars, immersive experiences, and bringing people together through story. Watch the video excerpts…

Atlanta Roundtable

Atlanta Innovators Discuss Idea Generation and Execution


The latest roundtable dove into the challenges of sourcing ideas, moving those ideas through pilots, and eventual releasing them into the world. See photos inside...

Atlanta Field Study

Inside the Atlanta Ecosystem: NCR, Honeywell, and More


Our 2018 Atlanta Field Study brought over 50 executives together to discuss strategies for cultivating talent and building competitive advantage. Photos inside...

Pano Anthos Live Call

The Right (and Wrong) Ways to Engage with Accelerators


 Pano Anthos, managing partner of New York-based retail accelerator XRC Labs, shares best practices for working with accelerators.


What Software Do You Use for Managing Ideas?


One member of the Innovation Leader community asked: “What software do you use for managing ideas — specifically, dealing with an idea backlog?” See the responses inside…

Lyft COO Jon McNeill

Lyft COO Talks Tesla, “Peak Car,” and the Future of Mobility

2018-12-07T15:13:00+00:00By , videos by Pablo Minier

Lyft's COO Jon McNeill has spent his career scaling companies in the mobility industry. McNeill discusses the innovative culture at Tesla, Lyft’s mission, and the future of mobility.


What Metrics Do You Track for Your Innovation Center?


We asked the Innovation Leader community: What metrics do you track to prove out the value of your innovation center? Here are some of their answers.

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Startup Culture in Big Companies


Can big companies behave like startups and capture their culture? To find out, we interviewed Steve Blank, a key player in the lean startup movement. This episode also features insights from Lyft COO Jon McNeill.

Christie McCarthy, Director of New Product Realization, Corning Life Sciences

How Corning Focuses R&D Efforts and Sources Ideas


Christie McCarthy of Corning’s life sciences division, discusses the 345 Model, the importance of patience, scalability, and where ideas come from. 


Successful Collaboration and Partnerships with Outside Teams


Bob Klein from Digital Scientists explains how to partner with outside teams, including four types of partnerships: startup collaborations, staff augmentations, teams for hire, and collaborative teams.

Leo Chan, Senior Innovation Lead, Chick-fil-A

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

2018-11-19T14:59:00+00:00By Leo Chan, Contributing Columnist & Senior Innovation Lead, Chick-fil-A

Imagine if your team joined the world’s most innovative companies like Apple, Netflix, or Amazon. It’s possible, writes columnist Leo Chan, but only with the right culture.

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How Daimler’s Lab1886 Develops and Rolls Out New Businesses


Susanne Hahn, Director of Lab1886 Global shares how the company inspires and supports its employees to innovate, and why they chose Atlanta for Lab1886’s newest addition.


Fidelity Investments CEO Talks Blockchain, VR, and Deflation


At a FinTech Sandbox event, Fidelity CEO Abigail Johnson discussed the history of the company’s innovation unit; some recent innovations; and the company’s goals for the future. 


Sports iLab’s Angela Ruggiero on Sports and Technology


How are sports and technology converging? Angela Ruggiero, CEO of the Sports Innovation Lab, talks about how technology can help teams avoid disruption...

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Innovating the World of Sports


What’s disrupting the world of sports, and how are teams adapting? To find out, we talked with Angela Ruggiero of the Sports Innovation Lab, and Jack Elkins of the Orlando Magic.

Podcast Season 1 Episode 6

Moving Fast…Full Speed Ahead!


Can a big, slow company really move fast? And is faster necessarily better? To find out, we talked to Rachael Schwartz, formerly of Keurig. This episode also features Trip Advisor CEO Steve Kaufer.

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Seattle Roundtable Exploring the Process of Getting Ideas to Market


Our latest roundtable dove into the challenges of sourcing ideas, and how to move those ideas through prototyping, pilots, and eventual release into the world. 

Jennifer Hyman, Co-Founder and CEO of Rent the Runway.

Spanx and Rent the Runway Founders on Building Brands


Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman and Spanx Founder Sara Blakely discuss brand building, using humor, and empowering women at Forbes 30 Under 30.


How to Build a Winning Business Case for Innovation Management


Ludwig Melik from our strategic partner, Planbox, focuses on how to manage the innovation pipeline and pitch innovation to the C-suite. 

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What’s Digital Transformation, Anyway?


What’s the right strategy for making digital transformation? To find out, we interviewed Patrick Bass, the CEO at thyssenkrupp North America, and Marcelo De Santis, formely of Mondelez International and Pirelli. 

Kathy Fish

P&G’s Top R&D Exec on Startup Disruption and Lean Innovation


Kathy Fish, P&G’s Chief Research, Development, and Innovation Officer, discusses lean innovation, data science, and measuring productivity. Our exclusive interview is inside…

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Innovation Leader’s Impact 2018 Conference in Boston


Innovation Leader brought together 350 strategy, innovation, and R&D executives from around the world to Boston for Impact 2018. Photos from the conference inside...

Sunil Gupta

Peloton, Goldman Sachs, and Designing a Digital Strategy


In a recent interview, Harvard Business School professor Sunil Gupta talks about going beyond the buzzword “digital transformation” to design a digital strategy that works.

Podcast Season 1 Episode 4

(Better) Business Model Innovation


 Can changing your business model make your company an innovation powerhouse? We sit down with Rick Paster of Walmart Global eCommerce and Mark Johnson of Innosight to find out. 


Partnering with Startups to Drive Innovation


Brian Christian from The Inovo Group offers advice on how to forge meaningful relationships with startups, and explores the reasons companies work with startups.

Bonny Simi, President of JetBlue Technology Ventures

How JetBlue Navigates the World of Corporate Venture Capital


JetBlue Technology Ventures has put money into 20 startups, which build everything from weather prediction tech to AI assistants that manage travel plans.


How Platform is Changing What it Means to be a Mall


Despite the dire forecasts in the retial industry, Joseph Miller and his partner, David Fishbein, set out in 2013 to create something that was anything but mall-like.

Podcast Season 1 Episode 3

The Ex-Files


What is it really like to head innovation at a large company? We talked to former innovation executives from Nike and Manulife John Hancock to find out — warts and all.

Pontus Siren

Extending Your Business in the Digital Era

2018-10-04T20:27:00+01:00By Pontus Siren and Utsav Bhatt, Innosight

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.

Ludwig Melik, CEO Planbox

10 Most Popular Innovation Management Questions

2018-10-04T20:24:00+01:00By Ludwig Melik, CEO Planbox

Here is a collection of the most popular innovation management system questions we have been asked over the years and strategies to address them.

Mariko O’Neill

Does Measurement Kill Innovation?

2018-10-04T20:21:00+01:00By Steve Dry, Mariko O’Neill, Allison Cook, and Saba Tahseen, PA Consulting

Measuring innovation can feel sterile, uninspiring, and judgmental. Here are three subtle changes to your measurement process to improve your program…

Bob Klein_DS

Accepting the Challenges of IoT

2018-10-04T20:18:00+01:00By Bob Klein, CEO Digital Scientists

Understanding the challenges of IoT will open unimagined opportunities—changing the way you do business, even changing the nature of your business…

London Executive Forum 2018

London Innovators Discuss Risk-Taking and Experimentation


Our 2018 London Executive Forum brought 25 executives together at Royal Bank of Scotland to discuss how to create a culture of risk-taking and experimentation. See photos inside...


Crafting a Winning Innovation Strategy Using Data


In our most recent Master Class, we delved into data from our recent “Benchmarking Innovation 2018” report and explored how innovation teams could use the findings to improve their innovation strategies. 

Moon Javaid