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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
 
Roman Garcia is the host of the Creating a Culture of Innovation Podcast and has provided small to medium sized businesses IT solutions and services for several years. With a focus on valueing employee, Roman provides his team with the tools to succeed. With the Creating A Culture Of Innovation Podcast, Roman hopes to spread this value with the world, changing company cultures for the better.
 
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Have you ever felt the urge to kick the photocopier? Or worse? That time when you desperately needed to make sixty copies of a workshop handout five minutes before your session begins. Or when you needed a single copy of your passport or driving licence, it’s the only way you can prove your identity to the man behind the desk about not to approve y…
 
This one was written in part as a contribution to the retirement celebrations of the Father of Open Innovation, Henry Chesbrough ...... Here are the lyrics: Open innovation 1. We’ve been innovating now for quite a long time It’s the big thing that has helped us to survive Find new ways to do things, keep on learning down the line It’s what keeps yo…
 
Multiple independent invention is surprisingly common — there have been many research studies highlighting the pattern. Examples include the blast furnace (invented independently in China, Europe and Africa) and the crossbow (invented independently in China, Greece, Africa, northern Canada, and the Baltic countries). And they reveal an important ho…
 
In today's episode, we're talking with Founder & CEO of Meyer Tax Consulting Jackie Meyer about how she innovated the CPA space by building her own accounting tool, TaxPlanIQ! Learn more about Meyer Tax Consulting: https://www.meyertax.com/ Learn more about TaxPlanIQ: https://www.taxplaniq.com/ ----- Want to learn more about us? Visit our website: …
 
In today's episode, we're talking with Managing Partner of HORNE Joey Havens about the importance of CPA firms being able to cultivate a thriving culture & efficient team for tax season! Learn more about HORNE: https://horne.com/ Visit Joey's blog: https://blog.hornellp.com/bebetter ----- Want to learn more about us? Visit our website: https://nerd…
 
Innovation fails — sometimes spectacularly so. It’s hard enough when that failure comes early on during the start-up phase — that brilliant idea which somehow isn’t quite as brilliant when it collides with the first few encounters with the market. And when no amount of pivoting is going to save it. It’s hard but it’s a matter of squeezing it for us…
 
In today's episode, we're talking with former Nerd and VP of Franchise Development at Hite Digital Jeff Zelaya about how they've been able to innovate what it means to be a growing business! Learn more about Hite Digital: https://www.hitedigital.com/ ----- Want to learn more about us? Visit our website: https://nerdssupport.com/ Or Contact Us for a…
 
In today's episode, we're talking with Founder & CEO of Valqari Ryan Walsh about how logistics is evolving further than we ever thought was possible! Visit Valqari's website: https://www.valqari.com/ ----- Want to learn more about us? Visit our website: https://nerdssupport.com/ Or Contact Us for a FREE IT assessment at: 305-551-2009 Follow Us on S…
 
How innovation management is changing and why we still need strategy There’s no shortage of scary headlines reminding us of the looming challenge of digital transformation. The message is clear. On the one hand if we don’t climb aboard the digital bandwagon we’ll be left behind in a kind of late Stone Age, slowly crumbling to dust while the winds o…
 
In today's episode, we're talking with Founder & CEO of Diesel Laptops Tyler Robertson about how logistics & transport companies can increase their maintenance efficiency with technology. Visit Diesel Laptops' website: https://www.diesellaptops.com/ ----- Want to learn more about us? Visit our website: https://nerdssupport.com/ Or Contact Us for a …
 
In today's episode, we're talking with Founder & CEO of Inspired Insurance Solutions Jessi Park about how to take a more human approach when it comes to insurance. Check out Jessi's new book "Soul Beneficiary": https://amzn.to/3mZM9eu ----- Want to learn more about us? Visit our website: https://nerdssupport.com/ Or Contact Us for a FREE IT assessm…
 
In today's episode, Roman Garcia talks with Founder and CEO of RevoFi, Justin Caswell, about the future of businesses securing and utilizing their networks! Visit Revofi's Shop: https://bit.ly/3nzMrZ3 Earn $10 USD for every referral as a Revofi Affiliate: https://bit.ly/3bmnLh0 Join Revofi's Community: https://bit.ly/3vRqjwM ----- Want to learn mor…
 
In today's episode, Roman Garcia talks with President of Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) Dawn Tiura about building the right team of people to make big and innovative changes for your business. Learn more about SIG: https://sig.org/ ----- Want to learn more about us? Visit our website: https://nerdssupport.com/ Or Contact Us for a FREE IT assessment …
 
In today's episode, we're talking with Jim Barnish of Orchid Black about how business owners can be not just a boss, but innovative leaders of their team. Visit Orchid Black's website: https://www.orchid.black/ ----- Want to learn more about us? Visit our website: https://nerdssupport.com/ Or Contact Us for a FREE IT assessment at: 305-551-2009 Fol…
 
One of the huge cast of characters created by the wonderful humorous writer P. G. Wodehouse was Wilmot Mulliner. Perhaps not so well known as Jeeves and Wooster he’s nevertheless an interesting subject. We’re introduced to him at a difficult time in his life; he’s employed in the burgeoning film industry, working for Mr Schnellenhamer, the head of …
 
Your host, Roman Garcia, talks with Richard Curran of Expo Convention Contractors. Expo Convention Contractors is a full-service tradeshow service contractor and a tradeshow exhibit services company. With over 50 employees in-house at all times, including a highly experienced management and sales team, ECC is available to service the state of Flori…
 
Your host, Roman Garcia, talks with Jeffrey Arnold of Rightsure Insurance Group. Rightsure will help you find quality insurance coverage while providing customer service with a high level of professionalism. To learn more about Jeffrey's work, visit https://www.rightsure.com/ If you'd like to be a guest on Creating a Culture of Innovation, click HE…
 
I'm Roman from Nerds Support, and welcome to the Creating a Culture of Innovation podcast! We're highlighting up-and-coming or growing businesses that want to show off their culture and what makes them stand out with technology. In today's episode, Roman speaks with the CEO of Nerd Support, Scott Richman. A Managed IT service provider with knowledg…
 
Innovation is all about knowledge spaghetti. Just like a plate of pasta innovation involves many different strands. Only this time we are talking about knowledge - technical knowledge, market knowledge, legal knowledge, financial knowledge and so on. They need to be woven together to create value. And these knowledge strands are held by different p…
 
These days there are very few certainties but this is one of them. We’re all going to depend increasingly on healthcare innovation for the quality of our future lives. Keeping ourselves healthy, coping with chronic ailments, living into old age with dignity and independence. We all want this — and we’re going to need all the help we can find to hel…
 
The suggestion box sounds like a very old approach to the challenge of high involvement innovation - how to engage the majority of people in an organization in the innovation agenda. It conjures images of dusty boxes tucked away in the corner into which people have long since given up posting ideas. But its successors - collaboration platforms for …
 
Innovation is all about uncertainty - no-one knows quite what's around the corner. So there's a limit to how far we can plan to work with it - and instead we need to develop the skills of agility. As this song suggests, it’s a bit like learning to dance.... Dancing at the Innovation Ball The thing with innovation, this is something you will learn I…
 
The great management writer W. Edwards Deming had a powerful introduction to his talks on quality management. Pulling out a dollar bill and waving it in front of the audience he would point out the wording: ‘In God we trust’ — and then go on to comment that in business life the same principle could be applied, but with the afterthought ‘…everything…
 
History is full of examples of innovations which, despite their promise, have been resisted by established players – the ‘not invented here’ effect. And although we’re familiar with the problem it doesn’t seem to have gone away; there are still plenty of examples to be found across today’s innovation landscape. One candidate might be UAVs – unmanne…
 
Here’s a challenge. Close your eyes and try to visualise an entrepreneur. There’s a good chance that what you’ve come up with will be one of the usual suspects — Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, perhaps some of the older versions like Steve Jobs or even Thomas Edison. Hopefully there’s a fair number of women represented, players like Oprah Winfrey, …
 
What kinds of skills are going to be needed in organizations as they move towards an increasingly ‘phygital’ (= hybrid physical and digital) world of operations? Why are the skills of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship becoming so important? And how might people be trained on a continuing basis to acquire and deploy these skills inside a l…
 
The challenge of digital innovation is everywhere. It’s hard to escape the talk of ‘revolutionary impact’ or ‘digital disruption’ or the need for new strategies to cope with ‘digital transformation’. But what’s really going on, where are the big questions we should be addressing and how might this affect our approach to innovation management? This …
 
Podcasts are a bit like London buses. You wait a long time and then three come along all at once! This week we feature more in the series around the challenges to education and training in innovation , creativity and entrepreneurship - the main theme of the VISION project. We’ve already seen that there are likely to be significant shifts across the…
 
This is the story of the development of porcelain, a series of innovations which enabled the creation of beautiful artefacts and a global industry. They represent a kind of alchemy, transmuting a handful of earth into weisses Gold - white gold. You can find a transcript herejohn
 
The development of skills and capabilities to work with innovation is becoming essential — they are no longer the province of specialists but something we all need to acquire and practice. In an earlier podcast we looked at the changing landscape for learning about innovation and entrepreneurship., drawing on the VISION project, a major European st…
 
You don’t get to be 150 years old just by being lucky. German pump-maker Wilo is paused to celebrate its big anniversary next year and it owes a great deal of its survival and growth to innovation, something it has worked hard to build into its culture. Founded in 1872 as a brass and copper foundry the business has grown to become a typical ‘hidden…
 
Innovation matters — of course. It’s the driving force behind economic and social change and underpins our evolution as a civilised society. And with the kind of challenges we now face it’s also clear that the development of skills and capabilities to work with innovation are also becoming essential — they are no longer the province of specialists …
 
Watch any group of kids at play and you can remind yourself that this is something which comes naturally. It should do; evolutionary psychologists are pretty clear that the ability to play (and therefore imagine and simulate a variety of situations) developed as an important adaptive mechanism. Kids play because they are hard-wired to do so; reward…
 
Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas which change the world. A metal box which can be easily loaded and unloaded transformed the pattern of world trade and the economics of shipping and distribution. Brainchild of Malcolm McClean the idea of containerisation is one of those innovations which changed the world. McLean was a tough entrepreneur who’d alr…
 
The sustainability challenge. Maybe you’re a pessimist, seeing dire threats in global warming, worrying about the rate at which we’re using up the planet’s resources, concerned at the way we’re carelessly throwing the litter of our thoughtless consumption for later generations to pick up. Or maybe you’re an optimist, seeing new opportunities in thi…
 
Try this. Get hold of a group of people, mostly strangers, and have them gather at the opposite side of a large room. Now run very fast towards them and, just before you reach them, leap off the ground and let yourself fly through the air. Sounds a crazy thing to do and one which is not too healthy if they fail to catch you — yet it is a typical wa…
 
‘Houston, we’ve had a problem here’. John Swigert’s famous words, delivered in a voice as calm and clear as the mountain air in his native Denver home. But to the Apollo 13 mission controllers thousands of miles below in Texas this fired the starting gun in a race against time. At 2am on 14th April, 1970 an explosion in the main oxygen tanks and th…
 
It’s sometimes easy to forget that even the world’s largest companies were once start-ups. And a key feature of start-ups (the successful ones) is that they are fast learners. This blog looks at the way in which this fast learning, coupled with a willingness to embed and reinforce successful practices, can build innovation capability for the long-t…
 
We need innovation more than ever. But we also need to be able to make it happen effectively, to be able to repeat the trick. There’s too much at stake to trust to luck; we need to learn to manage the process. Which puts a premium on thinking about how we approach supporting the learning of these life skills for the future. How can we enable differ…
 
Time for another innovation song.... This formed part of my keynote session with Tim Minshall at the R&D Management conference last week. Their title was 'Innovation in an era of disruption' and Tim and I were exchanging ideas on how we might learn from the many innovation responses to the current pandemic crisis - and carry some of those lessons f…
 
ISPIM - the International Society for Professional Innovation Management - holds an annula conference which is always a good place to bump into new ideas and people in the world of innovation management. Unfortunately this year's event, like that of 2020, was confined to virtual space instead of taking place in the fascinating city of Berlin. But t…
 
An interview with Henry Rose Lee Variety is the spice of life - and diversity is the driver of innovation. There’s a great deal of research which highlights the value of different ideas and insights coming from diverse perspectives and the power of bringing them together in the innovation mix. But how can we build this into our approach to managing…
 
The idea of learning a craft offers us a useful metaphor for the world of innovation. We know it’s not magic - creating value from ideas doesn’t simply happen when a light-bulb flashes above someone’s head. It involves a journey, one as fraught with uncertainty and nasty surprises as any of my interstellar jaunts. And whilst each journey is unique …
 
‘With every pair of hands you get a free brain!’ This flash of the blindingly obvious underpins the growing awareness in organizations of the huge potential their employees offer in terms of contributing to the innovation story. But mobilising such high involvement innovation wasn’t always easy - until the arrival of powerful collaborative platform…
 
Metacognition. Sounds a good word and it's certainly an important one. The dictionary defines it as ‘thinking about thinking’, self-awareness, our ability to oversee what we are thinking and doing. It’s not a new idea - the Greeks had it pretty much nailed (literally) to the arch over their oracle at Delphi. If you want advice on how to approach an…
 
Diving deep for innovation For many years Gavin McClafferty was Innovation Manager with Subsea 7, a major player in the highly specialised world of deep-sea engineering services. Laying down and looking after pipelines and cables thousands of feet below the surface of some of the world’s roughest water poses plenty of innovation challenges. And sol…
 
We often talk about innovation being a survival issue - but in the context of humanitarian aid it takes on a very literal meaning. Crises, whether natural or man-made, require rapid problem solving if agencies and aid workers are to avoid the huge negative impacts of such disasters. For a long time humanitarian innovation (HI) took place in a respo…
 
Amongst all of the interest in platform models it’s worth looking at the potential they might have for social innovation. Can we create an ecosystem to help enable better linkage between social needs and means, one which allows the development of innovations across it? There’s a lot of talk about ‘getting back to normal’ after the pandemic. And whi…
 
Continuing my quest to put key innovation management themes to music, here's another song. Lyrics below: You like to think you’re sitting on top of your technology Your gadgets are smart and cool ‘cos you do lots of R and D Your software’s fast - your data’s the best Your packaging’s great - you can ignore the rest There’s only one problem left at …
 
Next time it starts to rain and you reach for your folding umbrella spare a thought for Slawa Duldig. She was the Viennese sculptress who invented and patented the device back in 1929 and it's been keeping people dry ever since. But the birth of this, like so many innovations, was not in the research labs of a large company but as a result of her f…
 
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