Innovation Models

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wouldn't it be great if....

-innovation could be brought to bear in every community, organization, school, business, family
-innovation 2004 is the beginning word of innovation
-conversation became a skill taught in all schools
-we could learn as fast as the world is changing
-we understood that “speaking from the heart” could change the world

Marie Lancup

Wouldn't it be great if companies where core values including: trust, collaboration, diversity, continuous improvement, and shared rewards rapidly grew in numbers across the globe to become the norm rather than the exception!

Jen Thatcher

- the network created by this project outlived the project.
- the public sector was able to learn from the private sector and vice versa.
- we could figure out how to effectively disseminate our findings beyond the "usual suspects" and actually reach the rank-and-file implementers.
- we could come up with a definition of innovation that would convey how integral it is to everyone's work and not just something that some "creative types" get to play around with.
- we could figure out how to measure culture change to definitively see if innovation was being adopted as a core value.
- we could make it ok for people to have fun at their jobs.
- we could release our co-workers' creative energy.
- we find some unexpected synchonicities in our collective experiences.
- we were able to allow this process to be as flexible as possible and adapt as we go.
- we could make this project a priority and maintain our level of commitment the whole way through.
- our report catches on and circulates the internet as fast as an urban legend!
- we all came out of this project thinking it was the single most worthwhile collaborative effort we'd been involved with...
- ...and that it was only the beginning.
- we could be open-minded, but still be discriminating enough to boil our findings down to their essence and not overload the report with too much information.
- someone in the group found a new, better opportunity as a result of being part of this effort.
- we all found concrete applications for the project results.

Jack Hipple

At every new product and innovation meeting, we are told that it takes hundreds, maybe thousands, of ideas on the "fuzzy front end" to feed the new product development funnel. Why does this have to be so? Wouldn't it be great if the ration of FFE ideas to commercial sucesses was reduced by a factor of ten?

Jack Hipple

Wouldn't it be great if all styles of innovation were appreciated?

Marsha MacArthur

Wouldn’t it be great if…

- all the leading experts in the field of innovation were able to participate
- large companies sponsored the work
- we had cutting edge technology to work/play with
- what we develop is worthy of being published
- we were recognized for the work we did
- people could actually use/apply the end results
- we all learned something new
- we met someone new
- we had several versions of the end results to suit each of the market segments that would be interested in the results
- we could tailor the results to suit the companies/individuals that wanted the information
- this could get someone a new job
- this could start a new business
- this could be the beginnings of a book
- what I learn here helps me in my job

Renee Hopkins

Wouldn't it be great.....

-- If this project turns out to be the "seed" of something that just keeps going.
-- If we are all able to meet in person and have a big discussion about the results and the next steps.
-- If there was a magazine on innovation that was a cross between the Fast Company/Business 2.0 pubs and the academic journals.
-- If we are all able to devote enough time to this on an ongoing basis to make it work.
-- If the Wall Street Journal finds us.
-- If innovation as a skill set as well as a subject was taught in regular undergraduate curriculums of all kinds (kind of like the "critical thinking and writing across the curriculum" initiatives of 20 years ago, only more successful!)
-- If innovation skills and innovation as a subject (or a "major") was offered in business schools.
-- If creative skills were taught starting in elementary school.
-- If we had a group picture on the blog (of course, we would need to get together as a group to make that happen, or have the services of someone really good with Photoshop!!)
-- If we all went to Australia to see what John Wolpert's doing with the Bridge Project.
-- If we all took "innovation road trips" regularly to see and experience the most innovative companies and people around the world, rather than just reading about them.
-- If we started or ended each day capturing in a quick list the most innovative things that happened to us or that we witnessed that day....and posted it somewhere accessible.
-- If we actually had such a list, and we spent some time analyzing the things on that list and then ideating on them, to push the ideas out even further.

Chuck Frey

-- This group became an innovation community of practice that continued to collaborate on additional innovation-related projects, even after this report is completed.

-- This project resulted in such clarity about the fundamentals of innovation that it touched off a new revolution in the number of organizations that are aggressively embracing it.

-- This report became the basis of college-level innovation courses around the world.

-- This project resulted in a simple, easy to understand framework for implementing innovation.

-- This group could come up with the way to educate CEOs about the importance of innovation.

-- The report this group produces could be used by hundreds of organizations to overcome inertia and to aggressively embrace innovation as a core operating value.

-- This project would lead to numerous opportunities for additional research for other aspects of innovation, and that this group would become the leading purveyor of this sort of information.

-- The report that results from this project becomes the foundation of a "body of knowledge" about innovation.

-- The report was widely communicated and promoted in the business media.

-- We determined how innovation complements and enhances other business disciplines (TQM, supply chain integration, knowledge management, organizational design, project management, collaboration, etc.)

-- This project led to greater sharing of best practices and principles between practitioners of innovation. Some of these fascinating insights are now proprietary, "anchored" in consultants' methodologies or buried in books.

-- Invite young people into our group to help carry the spark of innovation into the world with their enthusiasm and energy.

-- Provide the world with a more positive vision of the value that innovation provides to individuals and organizations.

-- Build an ongoing collaborative environment where innovation managers can support each other and share ideas and best practices.


"Wouldn't it be great if....."

--even after the report is published, the project continues to evolve on a website (for example) where inputs continue to pour in and we formulate an "Innovation Trend" Report each year
--the project got international coverage in print, radio and television!
--the project established "Innovation" as a mainstream principle in education (B-Schools and corporate training) and in organizations throughout the world
--a publishing house wanted the project "report" to be published as a Book/Textbook for B-School courses, etc
--organizations acoss the globe wanted to be affiliated with the project because of the immense value
--"TIME" magazine ran a cover story on the project!
--the government of a country came up to the Innovation 2004 project team to design an "Innovation Policy" for the country!
--the Innovation 2004 project team got invitations to speak at Seminars about the findings and experience-maybe we could design workshops from our learnings on the project
--Innovation 2004 is recognised as the final word in the field of Innovation
--the day the Innovation 2004 report is released is declared as "International Innovation Day"!
(I know there is a creativity and innovation day....but no "International Innovation Day")
--this project led to an international community on innovation - where instead of sporadic Innovation conferences, there would be one annual event which connected organizations and national innovation communities throughout the world
--this project led to an even further, detailed discovery mission about all facets of Innovation
--the project created an interface for students interested in the field of Innovation to interact with people in the industry - to further propagate the spread of "better understanding of innovation"
--we created an interactive web-based version of the report for wider distribution and dissemination
--the project "demonstrated" that information sharing is more advantageous to all parties involved, instead of information hoarding
--the project serves as a great learning and discovery experience for each one of us - involving exchanging information/knowledge, experiences,expertise
--we celebrate the success of the project by throwing a party with the theme of "Innovation"!
--we had T-Shirts signifying our effort
--incredibly innovative "methods of Innovation" were discovered during the course of the project
--during/after the project we devised parameters for arriving at the "Top 50 Most Innovative Organizations" of the world and published it annually (using the findings of the report as parameters)

(I'll be thinking of more!!)

Dana Wolcott

Wouldn't it be great if ...
-- if we had faces to go with the comments on the blog.
-- if we could share the results with upper management in a way that would build buy-in and commitment.
-- if survivor island was about building and adding instead of eliminating and destroying.
-- if we could stand together with our results and implement them together.
-- if we could tele-conference face to face.
-- if we would discover a truth about innovation during our journey that would communication the necessity to the masses.
-- if we discover that innovation really is in the genes.
-- if someone fired Donald.
-- if we can invent a new word for innovation that doesn't automatically draw corporate anti-bodies.
-- if before we create the next bubble we will separate the hype from the innovation in time to not burst it.
-- if corporations would learn the lesson of collaboration.
-- if we were born with the learnings of our predessors and therefore not forced to re-learn them on our own, and instead we move on more quickly to the next set of our own mistakes.
-- if have an awesome good time with this assignment and make some new friends.
-- if we win!!

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