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100 Great Innovation Ideas

Book Description

Companies that fail to innovate will, like prehistoric dinosaurs, eventually disapper from the face of the earth. This book contains 100 great innovation ideas, extracted from the world's best companies.Ideas provide the fuel for individuals and companies to create value and success. Indeed the power of ideas can even exceed the power of money. One simple idea can be the catalyst to move markets, inspire colleagues and employees, and capture the hearts and imaginations of customers. This book can be that very catalyst. Each innovation idea is succinctly described and is followed by advice on how it can be applied to the reader's own business situation. A simple but potenitally powerful book for anyone seeking new inspiration and that killer application.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
    1. What is innovation?
    2. 1. Innovation is invention
    3. 2. Innovation is incremental change
  6. Part 1 – Approach
    1. 1 Take a break from technology
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    2. 2 Reward innovation and creativity
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    3. 3 Acknowledge and celebrate progress
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    4. 4 Take your time
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    5. 5 Be prepared to fail and learn from it
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    6. 6 Take chances
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    7. 7 Make a movie of the problem or situation
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    8. 8 Be open to new ideas
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    9. 9 Plan for action
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    10. 10 Live the future
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    11. 11 Keep things simple
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    12. 12 Brand your team or project
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    13. 13 Spread the word
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    14. 14 Look for the silver lining
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
  7. Part 2 – Creativity & Ideas
    1. 15 The 20:20:20 technique
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    2. 16 Using 8:3:3 – finding your passion!
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    3. 17 Have fun!
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    4. 18 Heroes and villains
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    5. 19 Be childlike, not childish
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    6. 20 Generate as many ideas as you can
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    7. 21 Read science fiction
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    8. 22 Look back at history
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    9. 23 Media storming
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    10. 24 Biomimicry – how would nature do it?
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    11. 25 Make things look ridiculous... on purpose
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    12. 26 Stop telling yourself you’re not innovative
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    13. 27 Carry a camera
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    14. 28 Listen to classical music
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    15. 29 Be a visitor in your own world
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    16. 30 Think in new areas
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    17. 31 Try snowballing
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    18. 32 Read as much as you can
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    19. 33 Practice creativity
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    20. 34 Fight your fear of failure
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    21. 35 Think about the environmental impact
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    22. 36 Understand your biorhythms
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    23. 37 Create an ideal competitor
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    24. 38 Take a bath
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    25. 39 Bring in diversity
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
  8. Part 3 – People
    1. 40 Excite your team
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    2. 41 Foster enthusiasm – it’s infectious
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    3. 42 Ask someone new for coffee
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    4. 43 Communicate, communicate, communicate
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    5. 44 Become an evangelist for innovation
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    6. 45 Who are you innovating for?
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    7. 46 Attend conferences that are ‘off-topic’
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    8. 47 Follow interesting bloggers and twitterers
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    9. 48 Think like a venture capitalist
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    10. 49 Learn to listen
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    11. 50 Break your routines
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    12. 51 Change your attitude
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    13. 52 Make a list – own your life
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    14. 53 Role-play
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    15. 54 Believe in yourself
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    16. 55 Get rid of self-limiting habits
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    17. 56 Create the right environment
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    18. 57 Understand the problem
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    19. 58 Set up an ideas wall
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    20. 59 Set up an ideas bank
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
  9. Part 4 – Process
    1. 60 Stand in other people’s shoes
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    2. 61 Understand what you mean by innovation
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    3. 62 Think the unthinkable
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    4. 63 Use random objects
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    5. 64 Map the process
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    6. 65 Alternate business models
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    7. 66 ABC leadership
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    8. 67 Explore the ‘givens’
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    9. 68 Make it real – create a model of your idea
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    10. 69 Expect the unexpected
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    11. 70 Learn from every step
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    12. 71 Anticipate problems, obstacles, enemies and processes
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    13. 72 Feed on failure
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
  10. Part 5 – Research
    1. 73 Set up a blog
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    2. 74 Competitive analysis
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    3. 75 Apply constraints
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    4. 76 No constraints
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    5. 77 Consider the big picture
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    6. 78 Create a vision for your idea
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    7. 79 Plan for action
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    8. 80 Amplification through simplification
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
  11. Part 6 – Technique
    1. 81 Most ridiculous ideas
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    2. 82 Work backwards
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    3. 83 Recycle old ideas
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    4. 84 Focus on the customer
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    5. 85 Seek solitude
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    6. 86 Benchmark your innovation
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    7. 87 Look for what people aren’t doing
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    8. 88 Harvest ideas from unusual sources
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    9. 89 Suspend judgment
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    10. 90 Stimulate innovation and insight
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    11. 91 Try writing differently
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    12. 92 Morphological modelling
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    13. 93 Ask challenging questions
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    14. 94 Actively seek out the opposite
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    15. 95 Ditch group brainstorming
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    16. 96 Think of the good and the bad
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    17. 97 Trim the fat
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    18. 98 Tolerate ambiguity
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    19. 99 Find the spaces
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
    20. 100 Keep on trying
      1. The idea
      2. In practice
  12. Appendix
  13. Further Reading
  14. About the Author