Innovation doesn't just happen. It's not like the cartoons - a lightbulb flashes on above someone's head and that's it. No - it's a journey and we need to understand how best to prepare for that journey, whatever kind of value we are trying to create. This podcast is about some useful lessons we might take on board to help develop our capabilities.For more, see my website:https://johnbessant.org
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Phoenix strategies for crisis innovation
Jun 17 2020 16 mins
When you’re in the middle of the swamp and the alligators are snapping at your legs you can be forgiven for not giving too much precious headspace to thinking about plans for draining the swamp. But assuming you get out of that scrape in one piece it...
The best thing since sliced bread.....?
Jun 03 2020 13 mins
People often use this phrase when talking about an innovation and the impact they hope it will have. But what’s the story behind sliced bread – and does it have any useful lessons for innovation managers today?(For a transcript and blog version click...
Sweeping the floor with innovation
May 26 2020 22 mins
Innovation often makes us think about dramatic shiny new products emergng from high tech sectors. But we shouldn't forget that even the most mundane context can provide the trigger for change - and that change can have sigificant impact in our lives....
Creating an innovation culture (part 2)
May 06 2020 19 mins
If we’re serious about wanting a culture of innovation its probably useful to start by exploring what that might involve…. This episode ( the second of two parts) looks at how we might begin to develop the core values and behaviours we'd want to see in...
Cultures for innovation
Apr 26 2020 13 mins
If we’re serious about wanting a culture of innovation its probably useful to start by exploring what that might involve…. This episode ( the first of two parts) looks at what mike make up an innovation culture - the core values and behaviours we'd...
Creating innovation spaces
Apr 11 2020 20 mins
Whether you call them innovation hubs, maker-spaces, fab-labs, accelerators or hotspots you can hardly turn a street corner or a magazine page before you bump into another example. The names may vary but the underlying idea is the same – a place where...
Apr 04 2020 13 mins
This podcast looks at one of the challenges in staying ahead of competitors through innovation - how to stage memorable experiences which provide meaning for consumers? And how to build a community within which such a process can be maintained through...
Mar 24 2020 18 mins
I first wrote this as a blog piece back in the middle of last year when the only crisis we had to wrry about was Brexit here in the UK. But the undelrying message - that crisis can provide powerful opportunities for innovation - remains important even...
The innovation journey
Mar 20 2020 7 mins
Preparing for the journey
Mar 20 2020 16 mins
The goalkeeper's fear of the penalty
Mar 20 2020 11 mins
This episode looks at how maintaining focus may not always be the right strategy for innovationYou can read the blog version at www.johnbessant.org
Mar 20 2020 10 mins
This episode looks at the importance of mental models about how innovation works - and the need to keep reviewing and updating those modelsIt forms part of a series of resources to help learn about the ways in which we might master the skills and build...
The innovation imperative
Mar 20 2020 12 mins
This episode looks at the role of innovation as a way to enable survival and growth in organizations.It forms part of a series of resources to help learn about the ways in which we might master the skills and build capabilities in innovation and...
Why does innovation matter?
Mar 20 2020 11 mins
This episode looks at the many reasons why innovation makes a difference - to individuals, to organizations, to sectors and to the whole of society.It forms part of a series of resources to help learn about the ways in which we might master the skills...
Value shifts as a driver of innovation
Mar 12 2020 15 mins
As any budding entrepreneur filling in their business model canvas will tell you, we need to think about the market and work on what our target segment will value. And that may take a lot of testing and pivoting around our original value proposition to...
Accidents will happen
Nov 16 2019 8 mins
Looks at the role accidents and unexpcted events can play in innovation
What is innovation?
Nov 16 2019 10 mins
Brief introduction to the idea of innovation and the role entrepreneurs play in making it happen.(part of online course 'The craft of innovation'. For more details see https://johnbessant.org)