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Vadim Kotelnikov

By: Vadim Kotelnikov

Inventor and Founder

Ten3 Business e-Coach

1000ventures,   1000advices.com

InsBeCo,   Success360

Innovarsity.com,   Fun4Biz.com


"Innovation is not the product of logical thought, although the result is tied to logical structure." ~ Albert Einstein


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The Jazz of Innovation

10 Commandments of Innovation

Customer-driven Innovation: 7 Practice Tips

Strategic Alignment

Establishing Guiding Principles

Managing Innovation by Cross-functional Teams

The Fun Factor

New Product Development

New Approaches To Product Innovation: 7 Reasons

Keeping Eyes Open for Inspiration

DOs and DON'Ts of a Successful Innovator

6 Inventive Thinking Techniques

TRIZ 40 Principles

New Product Design

Corporate Innovation Management System

Organization and People

Innovation Process

Innovation Metrics

SMART Innovation

Innovation-friendly Organization

Innovation-friendly Culture

Inspiring Culture

5 Strategies for Creating a Culture of Questioning

Creative Chaos Environment

Let the Best Ideas Win

Freedom to Fail

Stupid Failure vs. Noble Failure

Turning Failures To Opportunities

Innovation Strategies

Strategic Innovation

Technology Innovation

Spotting Trends

Idea Management

Cross-pollination of Ideas

Creativity Management


Asking Searching Questions

Corporate Leader

Leading Innovation

Leadership-Management Synergy

  1. Provide strategic alignment. Create an inspiring vision and launch a crusade. Link the innovation strategy with corporate vision, strategy, goals, and objectives. Develop a strategic innovation roadmap to choose and do the right things.

  2. Define the innovation process publicly. Rapid innovation requires an effective innovation process. Help people understand how they fit into the system as a whole. Document your innovation process explicitly via maps and charts, and communicate it implicitly by words and practice.

  3. Build cross-functional expertise to harness the power of diversity and discover synergies. Develop cross-functional individuals. Shuffle portfolios. Establish diverse cross-functional innovation teams.

  4. Establish a creative chaos environment to inspire creativity and trigger accidental discoveries. Encourage improvisation and wild play. Find the right balance between order and chaos.

  5. Challenge assumptions. Think outside-the-box. Ask searching questions "Why?" and "What If?" to identify hidden problems and opportunities. Keep eyes open for inspiration. Brainstorm every day.

  6. Cross-pollinate. Incorporate a wide range of styles, skills, and perspectives to inspire and develop winning innovative solutions. Encourage comments and ideas. Inspire advocates and critics. Invite outsiders experts, customers, suppliers, partners. Change hats to generate and evaluate ideas.

  7. Reward idea generation. People want to know their ideas make a difference. Recognition and rewards motivate and encourage people to participate and make quality contributions. They also demonstrate management commitment to the innovation program and to the employees.

  8. Experiment to pursue opportunities, acquire new skills, learn from feedback and discover new opportunities. Create prototypes to visualize and test your ideas, inspire new ideas, and sell your ideas to your sponsors and peers.

  9. Allow freedom to fail. Failure provides a great learning opportunity and should be viewed as a very lifeblood of success. Learn from failures,  regroup, and start again more intelligently.

  10. Measure the progress to take a corrective action and accelerate the pace of ideas to implementation.

  11. Make business fun to make people excited about what they are doing, working as a team, and tackling new challenges.