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Accountability Supports Sustainable Innovation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Without risk there can be no innovation, but what happens when success is finally achieved? In order for innovation to be sustainable it must be driven by a structured management approach that strives for accountability, invention, and re-invention.

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.

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.

Gauging Your Organization's Innovation Training and Coaching Program

Robert F. Brands | Posted 10.30.2012 | Small Business
Robert F. Brands

Successful, sustainable innovation depends on a natural curiosity and open-mindedness from all members of an organization. To gauge your company's training and coaching program, ask yourself these questions.

Five Key Innovation Questions to Ask

Robert F. Brands | Posted 06.03.2012 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Now more than ever before, sustained innovation is the means to developing marketplace showstoppers that lead to profitable growth.

Creativity Does Not Equal Innovation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.19.2012 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Innovation implementation calls for a robust, disciplined strategy. It can not be a one-time process, but must occur over and over again to form a steady flow of innovation that sustains long-term profitability.

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...

How to Build an Innovation Leader

Robert F. Brands | Posted 03.25.2012 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Every organization needs an innovation champion. This very important role requires exceptional people skills and communication skills, and the ability to be a master consensus builder among all players in the organization.

Innovation Democratization: How to Get the Most Out of Your Team

Robert F. Brands | Posted 02.05.2012 | Business
Robert F. Brands

The path to innovation is not always linear. It needs different perspectives working together to achieve the end goal. In fact, the greater the innovation, the more necessary it is to include fresh perspectives.

Defeating Devil's Advocates to Become an Innovation Champion

Robert F. Brands | Posted 09.10.2011 | Business
Robert F. Brands

As a leader and innovator-in-chief of your company, it is critical to drive the culture of innovation throughout the organization even in the face of opposition.

Top Innovations of 2010

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

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on your companies innovation performance. Did you deliver your Innovation Goals, maybe the "One new Pro...

Is Your Team Held Accountable?

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

When you successfully establish accountability, it leads to great benefits. You'll be able to trust your team, free up time for you to concentrate on strategy, and lead a confident group.

Innovation and the Necessity to Inspire

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

In order for organizations to successfully achieve Innovation - the lifeblood of any company - Robert's Rules of Innovation gives ten imperatives to f...

Does a "Chief Innovation Officer" Inspire Your Team?

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

Every organization that grows by creating new products or services or aspires to out-class the competition needs a Chief Innovation Officer, or CIO.

Inspiring Corporate Entrepreneurship to Fuel Innovation

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

Look around your organization. Are you surrounded by employees or entrepreneurs? The difference may be not only the way they think, but the way they're being nurtured.