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Innov8rs vs the Organization Thursday December 12, 2019

Innov8rs vs the Organization Thursday December 12, 2019

Free Webinar  Innovators vs. the Organization: A New Study on Cognitive Differences That Make Innovation Hard Trending Topic Talk and Q&A with Sarah Thurber & Janice Francisco Thursday December 12, 2019  13:00 – 14:00 EST Innovators love wild ideas....

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ALL ABOUT INSPIRATION TORONTO, NOVEMBER 22, 2019

ALL ABOUT INSPIRATION TORONTO, NOVEMBER 22, 2019

Call it Creative Problem Solving, Integrative Thinking or Epiphanies, it's ALL ABOUT INSPIRATION Host Dave Boyle will lead a panel of experts as they discuss how to get more inspiration to tackle complex challenges. Panel Members: Amanda Small, Director of People...

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I work on an Innovation Team

You’ve been asked to work on an innovation team with a diverse group of people. They’ve been hand-picked from across the organization and you’ve likely not worked with any of them before. Your work is split off from the core business and it’s not what you’ve been...

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My team is facing Change, Uncertainty, and Constraints

You’ve been asked to lead change in your organization and you’re concerned about your team. You’re feeling pressured to deliver more value to the organization, and what you’ve done in the past might not serve you as well in the future. You and your team have been...

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I work on a Distributed, Dispersed or Virtual Team

Call it what you want-- distributed, dispersed or virtual--these kinds of teams are made up of individuals who are geographically dispersed, work across time, space, organizational boundaries and rely on communication and technology to get things done. Team members...

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I work on a Technology Team

You’re being asked to create value and deliver innovation. Your team is excited about the possibilities of new technologies, but when you bring a solution to the organization, you get a whole bunch of grief. You’re doing your best to follow sound project management...

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I work on an Engineering or Product Development Team

You’re finding that more and more of your success is dependent on your ability to work across functions. And it’s painful. Everyone looks at the problem you’re tackling from a different perspective and few people see the value of looking beyond next quarter’s results....

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I work on an R&D Team

Your team has been asked to lead or contribute innovation, and research and develop new products and opportunities critical to the success of the organization. But you’re finding more and more of your success is dependent upon your ability to work across functions....

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I work on a Project Team

Your project is expected to deliver change to the organization. You’re doing your best to follow sound project management principles but your efforts at working across functions are frustrating. Getting stakeholders involved and interested in doing the work needed to...

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I work on an Operations Team

Your team does pretty well the same things every day, but you’re being asked to think creatively, be more innovative, and find new and better ways of doing your work. Cost savings and avoidance, continuous improvement to drive efficiency, effectiveness and deliver...

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THE ULTIMATE CREATIVE THINKING WORKSHOP!

THE ULTIMATE CREATIVE THINKING WORKSHOP!

This creative thinking workshop will help you harness your creativity to find innovative solutions to business challenges. Every business focuses on solving problems for clients, but we also need new solutions within our own businesses. What Strategic Challenge Do You...

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How to Facilitate Effective Meetings

How to Facilitate Effective Meetings

In this blog post we examine various aspects of how to facilitate effective meetings. It’s a topic clients ask us about a lot.  But why? Why Worry about Effective Meetings? Given trends around the future of work and an increasing need for innovation in...

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What Kind of Organizational Culture Supports Innovation?

What Kind of Organizational Culture Supports Innovation?

The kind of organizational culture that supports innovation is a “culture of innovation.” What are the defining features of a culture of innovation? At BridgePoint Effect we define it as: An environment that has the agility to respond to change and provides the...

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How to Bring Innovation to a Company

How to Bring Innovation to a Company

The question of how to bring innovation to a company is certainly something I spend a lot of time exploring through research and with clients. With our partner FourSight, we sponsored the Innov8rs Conference for intrapreneurs, conducted global research to answer the...

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Answering the Challenge of How to Measure Innovation

Answering the Challenge of How to Measure Innovation

In this article I focus on firm-level metrics, that is, how organizations measure innovation. If you’re interested in how to measure innovation at the country level, please see our blog about the Global Innovation Index. In a business world accustomed to having easy...

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Innovators: Here’s What We Know About You (So Far)

Innovators: Here’s What We Know About You (So Far)

This article was originally published on the Innov8rs blog, October 14, 2018. The research focused on in this article will be released at the Innov8rs Miami conference, February 20-21, 2019. What makes an innovator an innovator? Why is it that some people just can’t...

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How to Be an Innovator: Four Actions You Can Take Now

How to Be an Innovator: Four Actions You Can Take Now

A common misconception about innovation is that it’s all about technology; it’s not.  So, if your job doesn’t have you occupied with developing or implementing the latest and greatest in bleeding edge technology, or if you’re in a job that’s operational in...

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How to Facilitate a Meeting

How to Facilitate a Meeting

In the spirit of Hallowe’en, we’re poking fun at scary meetings. As an extra treat, we’re sharing some tricks of the trade on how to facilitate a meeting that drives greater value from the time you ask people to spend in meetings.  Here’s to hoping that the...

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How to Be Innovative at Work

How to Be Innovative at Work

As an adult educator and organizational development/change consultant with a Master’s of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership, I’m fascinated by how people in organizations learn to be more innovative. Indeed, much of my work over the past twenty years has...

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Why Is Innovation Important for Society?

Why Is Innovation Important for Society?

This Thanksgiving, I'm travelling to work on an innovation project with the Israeli government. (For readers outside of Canada, Thanksgiving Day is the first Monday of October.) As I'm landing in Tel Aviv, the Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie...

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How to Develop Innovation Skills

How to Develop Innovation Skills

By Janice Francisco, CEO, Principal Innovation Consultant, Facilitator and Coach, BridgePoint Effect, and Chair and Advisor to the Conference Board of Canada’s Council on Commercialization and Innovation At the end of August, I was invited to Ottawa, Canada to help...

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How to Develop a Culture of Innovation

How to Develop a Culture of Innovation

By Janice Francisco, CEO, Principal Innovation Consultant, Facilitator and Coach, BridgePoint Effect Given that innovation is a leading indicator of an organization’s ability to sustain success, it’s understandable why so many organizations are focused on how to...

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How to Develop Innovative Ideas

How to Develop Innovative Ideas

By Janice Francisco, CEO, Principal Innovation Consultant, Facilitator and Coach, BridgePoint Effect Funny thing about ideas: within organizations, there seems to be a large interest in asking for ideas and little thought put into how to develop innovative ideas. This...

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How to Develop an Innovation Strategy

How to Develop an Innovation Strategy

If your organization is struggling with how to develop an innovation strategy, know that you aren’t alone. Leaders in most organizations typically agree that innovation is a good idea, so they set innovation as a key organizational strategy and then neglect to define...

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What Is the Global Innovation Index?

What Is the Global Innovation Index?

This week, on July 10, the 2018 Global Innovation Index was released. You may ask, “What is the Global Innovation Index?” The Global Innovation Index (GII) report is a leading indicator of a country’s ability to innovate, and is based on the premise that innovation is...

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Why Innovation Is Necessary

Why Innovation Is Necessary

The Conference Board of Canada defines innovation as a process through which economic or social value is extracted from knowledge—by creating, diffusing, and transforming ideas—to produce new or improved products, services and processes. In short, a key reason as to...

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How to Facilitate a Community Meeting

How to Facilitate a Community Meeting

Community meetings are often held to engage community members, hear more voices and get more viewpoints. The question is, how to facilitate a community meeting so that these goals are achieved? What Is a Community? Before we answer that question, let’s step back and...

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How to Think Creatively and Innovatively

How to Think Creatively and Innovatively

Guest post by the Innov8rs Team. How to Think Creatively and Innovatively was originally published as The Innovative Team: Recognizing and Developing Your Innovators on the Innov8rs blog. Creativity is in high demand. According to studies done by Adobe and IBM, 94% of...

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How to Be a Good Meeting Facilitator

How to Be a Good Meeting Facilitator

When we think about how to be a good meeting facilitator, we often focus on the time that we are in the meeting itself. However, the job of a good meeting facilitator starts well before meeting time and lasts long after it ends. Good meeting facilitators endeavour to...

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How to Create Innovative Ideas

How to Create Innovative Ideas

Have you noticed – there’s a lot of interest in having “innovative Ideas” in our workplaces. Many people wonder about how to create innovative ideas, or worry if their ideas are “innovative enough.” What many don’t realize is that creativity is very important to the...

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How to Generate Innovative Ideas

How to Generate Innovative Ideas

How to Generate Innovative Ideas: Guest post by Helen Cahen When I work with a team on the question of how to generate innovative ideas, I often ask team members, “Are you creative?” Depending upon the group, I usually get between one and four hands raised. I once...

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Acknowledging Inconvenient Truths

Acknowledging Inconvenient Truths

Guest post by Dr. Brett Richards, Founder and President of Connective Intelligence, and author of Grow Through Disruption: Breakthrough Mindsets to Innovate, Change and Win with the O.G.I. The goal of organizations and the goals of innovation are most often the...

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How to Become an Innovative Company

How to Become an Innovative Company

How to become an innovative company is all about powering people to innovate. By situating your organization on the innovation map, equipping your team with the creativity and innovation skills they need, and giving them real-world practice on solving a problem for...

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How Does Innovation Increase Productivity?

How Does Innovation Increase Productivity?

This past week in New York City, my colleague Helene Cahen and I had the honour of attending a joint meeting of the Conference Board of US Innovation Leadership Council and the Conference Board of Canada Council of Innovation and Commercialization, of which I am the...

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How to Encourage Innovation in a Team

How to Encourage Innovation in a Team

How to Encourage Innovation in a Team, by Janice Francisco I’ve been working with a team over the past eighteen months that had volunteered to address challenges management in the client organization saw on the horizon. These challenges had resulted from recent and...

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Taking the Risk on Innovation: The Video

Taking the Risk on Innovation: The Video

As we’ve had a number of inquiries about our Taking the Risk Out of Innovation course, we made a short video that shows the course content and experience, and we filmed the video from a participant’s point of view. Taking the Risk on Innovation is a highly...

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Reading for Creativity

Reading for Creativity

78% of college-educated workers over 25 wish they had more creative ability. 94% of hiring managers consider creativity when hiring job candidates. Creative applicants are preferred, 5-to-1. CEOs identify creativity as the #1 leadership quality needed for...

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The Innovation Skills You and Your Team Need

The Innovation Skills You and Your Team Need

Innovation Skills for Your Team When I was completing my Masters of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership, we had to take a course in Scientific Measures. This course was designed to help us assess the reliability and validity of scientific research; we were,...

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The Trouble with Canada’s Innovation Policy

The Trouble with Canada’s Innovation Policy

In October 2017, in my capacity as Chair to the Conference Board of Canada Council on Innovation and Commercialization, I participated in a Council meeting held in Montreal. During this meeting we examined how innovation performance is measured in Canada and how...

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An Innovation Christmas Carol

An Innovation Christmas Carol

"Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they shadows of the things that May be only?"             - Scrooge to the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens) We had a...

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Three Ways Your Organization Can Do Innovation Better

Three Ways Your Organization Can Do Innovation Better

Attending the Intrapreneurship Conference in Toronto a few weeks back reinforced some of my beliefs around how organizations can improve the way they “do” innovation. As we know, intrapreneurs are integral to innovation, and so the following three themes about how...

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Intrapreneurship and Why it’s Essential for Innovation

Intrapreneurship and Why it’s Essential for Innovation

You may or may not be familiar with the term “intrapreneurship.” If you are, congratulations! If you aren’t—and especially if you work in an organization that isn’t a start-up—then it’s time to get up to speed or risk being left behind. Last week I spent three days at...

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How to Wire Your Organization’s DNA for Innovation

How to Wire Your Organization’s DNA for Innovation

Would you say your organization is innovative? Maybe? Or maybe not. What if I asked the question this way: Would you say that innovation and being more innovative are part of your organization’s strategy? Now that your head is nodding “Yes,” I’ll ask one more...

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Playing with Fire: Innovation is Risky Business

Playing with Fire: Innovation is Risky Business

What might it have been like to be the person who discovered fire, arguably one of the greatest innovations in our human history? My bet is, the idea was greeted pretty much in the same way most new ideas are. With skepticism. Imagine if you will: Perhaps fire...

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Why reflecting on progress is key to a culture of innovation

Why reflecting on progress is key to a culture of innovation

In her book, The Progress Principle, creativity and innovation researcher Teresa Amabile shares the following: A sense of making progress on meaningful work was the single most important factor in igniting creativity, satisfaction, and productivity among employees—far...

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Working with the “argyle profile” and facing team challenges

Working with the “argyle profile” and facing team challenges

Often, people who have different cognitive profiles find the differences too hard to cope with. The team fails to achieve peak performance because they find it “impossible” to collaborate, using the argument that other team members “don’t get it”. Conflict can be valuable and can allow a team to achieve full potential, the FourSight™ assessment can help people understand how to make diversity an asset.

Sarah Thurber, the Managing Partner at FourSight™, recently wrote a newsletter article about how diversity on teams can actually be a benefit to team performance. She explained this by sharing the experience of two oppositely profiled executives on a team who recently went through a FourSight™ Assessment debrief.

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You don’t need to feel alone or stuck anymore

It’s time to stop feeling stuck and instead achieve amazing results as a team.