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Roberts Rules of Innovation

Innovation and The Art of Implementation (Part 3)

Robert F. Brands | Posted 11.23.2015 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Innovation without implementation is mere ideation. And buyer beware: this "mere" ideation can often be expensive, morale-killing, and potentially business-imploding.

Innovation and the Art of Implementation (Part 1)

Robert F. Brands | Posted 10.21.2015 | Business
Robert F. Brands

The very purpose of innovation is to change things up, move processes forward, and disrupt the status quo. "Innovation for the sake of innovation" is a misuse of a very powerful and beneficial tool.

All Aboard the Sensor Revolution: How the Internet of Things Is Driving Innovation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 10.08.2015 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Those who are plugged in know that technology is a swift changing animal--a shapeshifter always in flux, moving forward at a terabit-fast pace. Keeping up with every new buzz and innovation is undoubtedly whiplash-inducing.

Creating a Structured, Repeatable Process for Innovation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Established companies do not easily reinvent themselves. History shows us that Innovation is often the strategy of startups - but not only is it important in getting to the top, innovation is necessary in order to stay on top.

Ownership: To Risk or Not to Risk in Innovation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Robert F. Brands

The risk of failure accompanies the pursuit of success in any venture, and it's up to the champion of the business to take ownership and to drive innovation. But, what does it mean to truly take ownership?

It's About Them: Leading for Innovation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Great leaders blaze new trails, inspire new ways of thinking, and lead their organizations with purpose. In order for any company to meet its goals and to achieve sustainable Innovation, leaders need to inspire their teams, top to bottom, and bottom up.

Aligning Generation X, Y, and Flux for Innovation Implementation in 2015

Robert F. Brands | Posted 03.07.2015 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Typically with the passing of a year, I spend the first few hours feeling nostalgic. Facebook has their "year in review," news outlets have their "best of 2014 lists," and we all take a look back at last year's resolutions.

8 Step Process Perfects New Product Development

Robert F. Brands | Posted 03.09.2014 | Business
Robert F. Brands

When teams collaborate in developing new innovations, having the following eight ingredients mixed into your team's new product developmental repertoire will ensure that it's overall marketability will happen relatively quick, and accurately -- making everyone productive across the board.

The Sharp Edge of Innovation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Robert F. Brands

It is no hidden secret that innovation is a necessity to compete in today's marketplace. Often hailed as the Holy Grail for which every organization should strive for, sustainable innovation requires a strategy from start to finish.

No Risk = No Innovation, and the "Get out of Jail" Card

Robert F. Brands | Posted 11.24.2013 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Can you imagine the risks that your company could take if it had a safety net in place for failure?

Ownership is Risk Taking

Robert F. Brands | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

Stay Inspired This Holiday Season: The 12 Days of Innovation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Tis' the season for harrowing crowds, spiked eggnog, and delicious holiday feasts. It's also the time of year for distraction, procrastination and a ...

Challenging Open Innovation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 11.25.2012 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Open Innovation is an effective method for gaining ideas from outside an organization, but in order to achieve long term sustained Innovation, companies need to establish a structured repeatable process.

Managing the Uncertainty of Open Innovation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business
Robert F. Brands

One of the hottest topics in business management today is open innovation. The concept uses an open business model for companies to "co-innovate" with...

Top Ten Tips for Selling Your Idea to Executives

Robert F. Brands | Posted 04.04.2012 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Besides possessing creativity and resilience, the best innovators are the ones who can effectively communicate and "sell" their ideas. Innovators often have to get executive approval for support on a new product or venture. No matter how good an idea is, it will not sell itself.

Is Your Idea Pipeline Being Filled and Maintained?

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert F. Brands

If even 1 percent of new ideas succeed, it can lead to a huge payoff. A steady stream of ideas is what fuels Innovation, so one of Robert's Rules of I...

Innovate to Thrive: Time to Open the Throttle

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert F. Brands

As leaders search for the next process that will transform their organizations into category leaders, for many -- it seems -- the answer is close at h...

Continuous Training and Coaching Is Essential to Innovation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert F. Brands

In order for any company to meet its goals and to achieve sustainable innovation, proper training and coaching is an essential, though often overlooked, imperative. Continuity is key.

Innovation Governance: Adding Guidance and Essential Support

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert F. Brands

In the Age of Sarbanes Oxley-like governance across organizations and elements like strategy, hiring, financials and stakeholder interests, why doesn't innovation have as such oversight?