Innovation doesn't just happen. It's not like the cartoons - a lightbulb flashes on above someone's head and that's it. No - it's a journey and we need to understand how best to prepare for that journey, whatever kind of value we are trying to create. This podcast is about some useful lessons we might take on board to help develop our capabilities.For more, see my website:https://johnbessant.org
Not invented here? Why letting go is sometimes the hardest part of innovation
History is full of examples of innovations which, despite their promise, have been resisted by established players – the ‘not invented here’ effect. And although we’re familiar with the problem it doesn’t seem to have gone away; there are still plenty of examples to be found across today’s innovation landscape.
One candidate might be UAVs – unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. They’ve changed the face of aviation-based services in a wide range of industries from agriculture to zoo-keeping, yet the mainstream aviation industry is still cautious about their adoption. Is the challenge in the technology itself – or in the questions it asks about the way we’ve always done things in the past?
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Here’s a challenge. Close your eyes and try to visualise an entrepreneur. There’s a good chance that what you’ve come up with will be one of the usual suspects — Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, perhaps some of the older versions like Steve Jobs or even Thomas Edison. Hopefully there’s a fair number of women represented, players like Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce or Ariana Huffington; after all statistics show that 252 million entrepreneurs out of approximately 582 million in the world are female.
But that's not the only kind of person who acts as an entrepreneur - in fact we're all potentially playing the role, as this podcast suggests.
Learning to create the digital future
What kinds of skills are going to be needed in organizations as they move towards an increasingly ‘phygital’ (= hybrid physical and digital) world of operations? Why are the skills of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship becoming so important? And how might people be trained on a continuing basis to acquire and deploy these skills inside a large international organization?
In this podcast we speak with Dietmar Schloesser, responsible for digital innovation within the TÜV NORD group who shares his experience and learning around these and other questions. In particular he comments on many of the themes raised in the VISION project exploring the future of learning and skills development, in which his organization have been enthusiastic and insightful partners.
You can find a video version here
And you can find out more about TUV NORD here
And more about the VISION project here
Delivering digital transformation - an interview with Alan Brown
The challenge of digital innovation is everywhere. It’s hard to escape the talk of ‘revolutionary impact’ or ‘digital disruption’ or the need for new strategies to cope with ‘digital transformation’. But what’s really going on, where are the big questions we should be addressing and how might this affect our approach to innovation management?
This podcast features an interview with Alan Brown, Professor of Digital Economy at the University of Exeter, author of the influential book ‘Delivering digital transformation’, and a well-known writer and speaker on the topic. In it he explores some of the key issues surrounding the effective use of digital innovation, drawing on themes which he regular talks about in his excellent blog series ‘Digital economy dispatches’.
You can find out more at his website
And you can find a video version here
Moving to an online world of innovation training
Podcasts are a bit like London buses. You wait a long time and then three come along all at once! This week we feature more in the series around the challenges to education and training in innovation , creativity and entrepreneurship - the main theme of the VISION project.
We’ve already seen that there are likely to be significant shifts across the landscape in terms of technology, expectations, curriculum, evaluation and overall student experience. But how will this play out in the lives of key actors in the process?
This is the first of three interviews conducted by Olga Kokshagina, one of the researchers on the VISION project and co-author of the open access book on the project. (You can find more details here). In it she speaks with Gijs van Wulfen, a well-known speaker, writer and trainer in the field about some of the dramatic changes affecting his world in trying to equip people with the skills for handling innovation and entrepreneurship. Significantly his whole business model was massively disrupted by the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic which has meant he has had to rapidly reshape his work to suit a world in which almost all training now takes place online and remotely. (He’s tried to capture this experience in an excellent new book which explores the ways in which organizations can rethink their innovation processes for an online world).
This is the story of the development of porcelain, a series of innovations which enabled the creation of beautiful artefacts and a global industry. They represent a kind of alchemy, transmuting a handful of earth into weisses Gold - white gold.
You can find a transcript here