Innovating Innovation with Game Changers, Presented by SAP

Innovating Innovation with Game Changers, Presented by SAP

The pace of technological advance is constantly increasing and puts pressure on companies to be more effective in innovation.brbr At the same time, most businesses do not fully leverage the innovation potential of their employees and partners, due to a lack of communication – and ideas that are still kept in organizational silos.brbr Join host Bonnie D. Graham as she invites you to take an additional coffee break with game-changers for our special series on a glimpse into tomorrow’s hot business and industry trends around Innovation Management - and how to “innovate innovation” within your company.brbr Learn how you can become the savvy Transformation Leader who takes your company across the finish line as you look ahead to the next wave of business.brbr Innovating Innovation with Game Changers, presented by SAP, live on Thursdays at 7 AM Pacific Time / 10 AM Eastern Time on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.

Episodes

November 17, 2016 56 mins
The buzz: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” (Steve Jobs). If you think Design Thinking (DT) innovation method demands many days or weeks of intense work beyond your high-level managers’ availability, here’s a news flash. Short-cycle DT, developed in a PhD study by SAP and Aalborg University, is a logical, time-efficient DT derivation suited to leaders who can devote just one or two days. This new problem-so...
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The buzz: “Change before you have to” -Jack Welch. A disruptive innovation model creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market-leading firms, products and alliances -C. Christensen. The model tends to be produced by outsiders and entrepreneurs, because enterprises need resources for profitable, competitive sustaining innovations. But they still n...
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The buzz: 'Surround yourself with partners who are better than you are' -D. Ogilvy. Is your company treating your ecosystem as vendors to squeeze and channels to push, not as agile partners to co-innovate with you? Reality check: Small and medium organizations in your ecosystem can bring a different kind of value to innovation than you get from start-ups and big companies. What are the challenges and opportunities of expanding your...
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September 15, 2016 56 mins
The buzz: “Change before you have to.” -J. Welch B2B sales experts, managers and pundits typically credit their organization's success to individual sellers' skill sets. Not anymore! According to RAIN Group’s 2012 study of top-performing sellers, an innovation-based sales strategy is what helps increase win rates, drive long-term customer loyalty, build collaborative buyer-seller relationships. Does your company know this? The exp...
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The buzz: You say to-ma-to, I say to-mah-to. Confused about intrapreneurship vs entrepreneurship? We’ll set the record straight. The first behaves like the second while employed in a large organization. Is this a good thing? Yes. Smart enterprises are implementing people-centric Intrapreneurship approaches that integrate entrepreneur-style risk-taking, motivational techniques and rewards to develop radical innovations in-house. How...
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August 4, 2016 57 mins
The buzz: Paradox? Despite studies showing a positive correlation between diversity and innovation, the Silicon Valley 'cradle of tech innovation' is dominated by a 'brogrammer' culture where 20-something 'white guys work in a testosterone-fueled environment to create the next tech revolution,' says SAP's Janaki Kumar. This sends a contradictory message to leaders that diversity, while good in theory, is not worth investing in. ...
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The buzz: En garde! The most successful companies anticipate—and often invent—the future before their established competitors do. The secret weapon of Fortune 500s? They conduct competitive “war gaming” exercises to generate defensive strategies as well as innovative offensive growth strategies that proactively anticipate new services, products, business models. How can you harness this creative tool for your competitive advantage?...
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The buzz: Getting fresh. Corporations are increasingly seeking to engage entrepreneurs, both from within and outside the organization, by launching initiatives for intrapreneurship, innovation accelerators, incubators and start-up focus programs. While the common purpose of these efforts is to create viable, sustainable new business opportunities, the models of engagement, the challenges and the opportunities vary greatly. What wi...
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June 2, 2016 55 mins
The buzz: Fun! Design Thinking is based on the concept of deriving the needs of your users, then designing a solution to meet those needs. But how will you engage your Design Thinking participants to boost their creativity, and then engage your target audience to actually use your new solution? Gamification! It teaches us different user engagement styles, while Design Thinking tells us which styles will fit a particular user. How...
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May 12, 2016 53 mins
The buzz: Who’s driving your bus? Be it Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0, innovation in general, or simply ensuring your company’s sustainable growth, your networking approach outside your organization must become your company’s inside DNA. How? Your employees must be engaged and committed. And that requires your Head of HR to become a driving force of company strategy, next in line to the CFO in the C-Suite. The experts spe...
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The buzz: Evolving. Well into our tech-driven fourth industrial revolution, complexity and speed are the new game-changers. Complexity, from the Internet of Things, Big Data analytics, wearable devices, to real-time business, requires a network-focused digital business model. Speed of innovation cuts the longevity of your business model from decades to years. Ready to be agile and quick at managing business models as well as proce...
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The buzz: Red badge! What is “courage” in our innovation culture? Courage is one of the most essential factors in the innovation process. It enables you to be open for new ideas and possibilities, not afraid to fall on your face or get lost in your own isolation. Failing can wake you up to new ways and paths to successful innovation. But without it, you probably wouldn’t have recognized that. As André Gide said, “You cannot discove...
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The buzz: Up close and personal.Every second sentence, every slide, blog and story in every industry talks about “Digital”. What exactly is it, and what does it mean for you, your company and your customers? Perhaps most important, what changes does it bring to the definition of a “customer”? In a perfect future, we will better pamper and delight our customers, but we can’t unless we know who and where they are, what they want and ...
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The buzz: Red badge! What is “courage” in our innovation culture? Courage is one of the most essential factors in the innovation process. It enables you to be open for new ideas and possibilities, not afraid to fall on your face or get lost in your own isolation. Failing can wake you up to new ways and paths to successful innovation. But without it, you probably wouldn’t have recognized that. As André Gide said, “You cannot discove...
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The buzz: Cultures.Companies like yours worldwide face unprecedented business challenges. Resource constraints, a norm in emerging markets, are a reality even in advanced economies. Market conditions are fluid, complex, fast-paced, and volatile due to the information boom and social media. What will separate the winners from the also-rans? The answer: Innovation. Do innovation cultures vary from country to country? If yes, how? The...
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The buzz: Drama! Product innovation success tales typically feature a temperamental visionary whose savvy leadership made it all happen. Too good to be true? Yes. Most innovations started with one purpose and target market, and ended up with different use cases and customers. An innovation-favorable environment and skillful team members might not be the stuff of a blockbuster movie, but they are a useful formula for organizations r...
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October 8, 2015 55 mins
The buzz: The I’s have it! The I’s: Innovating Innovation. Ready to make it happen in your organization, but not sure how? The answer is to follow a proven recipe for creating a successful culture of innovation. Key ingredients: A passionate team working together to reach common goals. An environment where your team can try new ideas without fear of failure. Strong leaders with great visions. Will it be easy? Thomas Edison said it...
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The buzz: Yes, you! A Design Thinking training participant told the instructor, “This is not for me. I am leaving.” The reason was not quality or pace, but a matter of fit. Creativity was supposed to be open to everybody; for this person, not so much. Should your company’s innovation program be open and broad-brush or selective and focused, a sprint or a marathon? Does great innovation require inspiration or perseverance, the right...
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The buzz: Gamification. Who in the workforce is driving the uptake of gamification in business? These ‘emPLAYees’ are Millennials. For them, work is about self-fulfillment, not just salary – and success is defined not by rank or seniority, but by personal matters. For your organization, gamification is not about serving managers and companies, it’s what interests employees. The silver lining: When games create an environment for ...
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The buzz: Disrupt or be disrupted. In our fast-moving, hyper-connected, uber-competitive world, companies that continually re-invent themselves through innovation are the most likely to survive. Have you been thwarted by the expensive, bogged-down and lengthy traditional process of introducing new ideas to solve existing challenges – from business plan to funding to solution-building to promotion? Take heart! Today’s innovation mo...
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