Our survey of over 1,000 managers and employees reveals that while both managers and employees agree that one-on-one meetings are incredibly important, they disagree on how well they’re being done. Read more
Employees who receive helpful, continuous feedback from managers not only perform better, they’re also much more engaged. Read more
This is a comprehensive table of contents organized in a question and answer format of the best SoapBox and non-SoapBox content on innovation management. Read more
Innovation is critically important to success in today’s business world, and leaders across industries are recognizing this. Some companies built their success on innovation — it is the foundation of their mission. Boston Consulting Group (BCG) does an annual report on the most innovative companies and has compiled several great research papers based on surveys to innovation leaders. One of those papers included the most common barriers to successful innovation. Risk aversion, long development cycles, difficulty selecting the best ideas and difficulty measuring performance topped the list. However, there are things you can do to address these challenges.
We’re in a unique position as a company. From our beginnings at the incubation center at the Ryerson DMZ, we’ve been very involved in the startup community. The software we build helps some the largest global brands dissolve hierarchy and tap into the insights of their employees. So, when it comes to innovation process and culture, we’re close to how it works at companies large and small.
For sure, managing innovation at a big company is different. While this may be a bit of an over-simplification, we often see three approaches that are successful when they are well executed.
We had the chance to interview Ted Graham about his experience leading innovation at PwC Canada. Although he is no longer at PwC (he now leads open innovation at General Motors), we believe the insights he shared while at PwC still ring true for large organizations looking to become more innovative. Read more
This post highlights some of the research and best practices you’ll want to incorporate into your own brainstorming sessions to get the most out of them. A few minutes spent understanding some of the common mistakes and hacks for getting the best ideas out of a group can have a big impact on the end result.
A well facilitated brainstorming session can produce up to 30 times as many unique ideas.
Brainstorming is one of the most common tools for creative problem-solving. There’s a ton of content out there about it, but much of it isn’t based on research. We dug into some academic studies around brainstorming to get to the heart of what works and what doesn’t and how to do it properly.
That being said, it doesn’t mean there aren’t any helpful, well-researched articles out there. Here are the pieces that we consider the cream of the crop and some of which helped inform our own ebook. Read more
There are three key trends that are driving a needed change in the way that leaders and employees work together. It’s having an impact on organizational structure, roles and responsibilities and the technology used in the workplace. While the changes will be difficult and confusing for many at first, there are some exciting examples of organizations that are blazing the trail. Two keys to success will be a strong focus on culture and enabling technology. With human resources at the pivot point of so much of these shifts, they will play a key leadership role in enabling this change within organizations. Read more
As a small company or startup, ideas flow naturally. If you have a good idea, it’s easy to talk to the right people. But as organizations become larger and more complex, this becomes much harder. Size, geographical, departmental or functional silos make knowing who the best person is to evaluate or implement an idea difficult. Idea management software can scale a company’s ability to keep a steady flow of good ideas from all employees.
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