Which is the winning strategy – copying or innovating?

The question of whether innovation or copying is a more effective social learning strategy was tested a few years ago in an online tournament. The result may surprise you.  Day 187Originally uploaded by pasukaru76 Over a decade ago, the European Commission sponsored a research project called Cultaptation, to study the

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Shared by Nick Milton June 30, 2020

The 10 myths of creativity

In his book “The myths of creativity” , David Burkus demystifies the creative process, and explodes what he calls the top ten myths about creativity, based on his research with highly creative individuals and firms. The ten myths are listed and described below, and David introduces two of them in

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Shared by Nick Milton February 13, 2020

The 6 stages through which a knowledge topic matures

Business in a world of change is a learning race. The winner is the organisation that can develop and mature knowledge more quickly than the competition, bringing new and improved products and processes into the market first, and so gaining First Learner Advantage. Therefore one way of viewing Knowledge Management

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Shared by Nick Milton November 29, 2019

Creativity is a process

Creativity is a process We often struggle with innovation and creativity in organisations; assuming you need a sprinkling of lone creative geniuses – a few “Steve Jobs-type” people – to make new breakthroughs. This is not true. What you need is a deliberate creative process, as described in the embedded

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Shared by Nick Milton October 14, 2019

Problem-focused innovation process at De Beers

Innovation should be focused on problems first, ideas second, and should follow a structured process. Here’s an example from the mining sector Image of the De Beers AUV from Sonardyne.com A few years ago, my then colleague Ian Corbett published a really interesting case study entitled “Learning for the long view – A case

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Shared by Nick Milton August 15, 2019

Knowledge Management and Innovation

What’s the link between Innovation and KM? Are they opposites? Are they the same? Are they two sides of the same coin? This post from the archives explores the relationship between the two. Innovation Chalkboard by Missy Schmidt on Flickr  Here are some of our thoughts. As ever we would

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Shared by Nick Milton July 15, 2019

Why receptivity is so important to innovation

Innovation happens only when inspiration hits the receptive mind. You can’t manage inspiration, but you can manage receptivity. Image by Ronda Del Boccio, on Flickr All knowledge creation activities are based around approaches to helping people to move outside their boxes, and open their minds; on helping them to be

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Shared by Nick Milton June 25, 2019

Driving innovation by setting out-of-the-box targets

If you want people to think outside the box, give them a problem that’s outside the box. Image by nicubunu on Public Domain Clipart There is a game I often play with a class, when we are on an innovation retreat such as a Business Driven Action Learning exercise. We

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Shared by Nick Milton October 17, 2018

Innovation starts with problems, not with ideas.

We often think of innovation as starting with an idea nobody has had before. More often it starts with a problem or opportunity nobody has noticed before.  3D problem solving, by Chris Potter, on Flickr You want to become an innovative organisation?  If so, it is tempting to focus on

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Shared by Nick Milton May 25, 2018

How to innovate

Innovation has a recipe. Here is how it works It’s tempting to think of innovation as a “flash of inspiration” – a blinding idea – a lightbulb going off.  However – counterintuitively – many of the most innovative and imaginative teams and companies use a structured and deliberate process to

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Shared by Nick Milton May 14, 2018