Orchidea on Innovation

How to kick off suggestion box like a champ

Posted by Jouni Halme on 11/12/18 13:14

Engaging your staff to improve the operations is one of today's hot trends and one way to do it by suggestion box. It is a method widely used in both public sector and companies. Painfully often the activity which was launched years ago has been let to fade. In situations like these the relaunch of suggestion box to staff is needed.

Good planning is the cornerstone of kicking off any activity. Successful kick-off and the benefits of active participation are secured by following these tips. These tips are based on a research conducted by Lappeenranta University of Technology and the best practices of Orchidea Innovations.

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October 2015 Innovation Top 5

Posted by Jouni Halme on 02/11/15 13:12

The Innovative Mindset Your Company Can’t Afford to Lose

by Simone Ahuja in Harvard Business Review

Citizen hackers are individuals with passion to solve problems which are really important for them and their loved ones. Their crowd developed solutions to real life problems can be a threat or an opportunity for corporations. When corporations review cooperation opportunities they should look for 4 key criteria.

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September 2015 Innovation Top 5

Posted by Jouni Halme on 01/10/15 13:16

The Future of Work: Can Innovation Escape the Tyranny of the Hierarchy?

by Scott Cook in Pacific Standard

It is really difficult for ideas to survive the gauntlet of bosses in organizations. However some large companies like Toyota and Google have succeeded creating culture which does not have this problem.

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Innovation Takes More Than a Few Tools

Posted by Christoffer Winquist on 03/09/15 17:16

Have you felt that people in the company have good ideas or potential that is not being utilized? Have you struggled with how ideas should be collected and implemented? Innovation doesn’t happen just because you implement an innovation funnel or start using a tool for collecting ideas. Processes and tools are often required to support innovation, but the work of changing how people think and act remains. We will focus on three typical challenges companies face when seeking good concepts to implement:

  1. getting useful ideas from the organization,
  2. idea development, and
  3. a note on idea process discipline.
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Topics: Innovation Process, Best Practise, Innovation Challenge

August 2015 Innovation Top 5

Posted by Jouni Halme on 01/09/15 17:04

Productivity Is Soaring at Top Firms and Sluggish Everywhere Else

by Chiara Criscuolo in Harvard Business Review

OECD study shows that the gap between the globally most productive firms and the rest has been increasing over time, especially in the services sector.

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July 2015 Innovation Top 5

Posted by Jouni Halme on 01/08/15 14:30

In the beginning of each month with put our heads together at Orchidea and select the best content that we encountered during the previous month. Here are the best articles for July 2015.

Exponential Organizations Are The Future Of Global Business And Innovation

by Nabyl Charania in TechCrunch

Traditional organizations are linear and constrained by limited resources. They are more and more challenged by exponential organizations like Uber and Airbnb which are not facing any resource constraint and instead enjoying of resource abundance.

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June 2015 Top 5 Innovation Articles

Posted by Orvo Kärkkäinen on 01/07/15 10:30

In the beginning of each month with put our heads together at Orchidea to select the best content that we encountered during the previous month. Here are the best articles for June 2015.

Innovation Starts with the Heart, Not the Head

by Gary Hamel in Harvard Business Review

Gary Hamel shares the real life example of how his brother Dr. Loren Hamel turned the patient satisfaction scores of the health care provider Lakeland Health from below average to top 5 %. 

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May 2015 Top 5 Innovation Articles

Posted by Jouni Halme on 02/06/15 15:31

In the beginning of each month with put our heads together at Orchidea to select the best content that we encountered during the previous month. Here are the best articles for May 2015.

Design Thinking: a Tested Method for Creating Breakthrough Innovation

by Michael Graber in Innovation Excellence

Breakthrough innovation make major traction in the market by solving problems people didn’t know they have. The formal innovation process to address these problems is called design thinking.

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11 Innovation Best Practices from BCG, strategy& and PwC

Posted by Jouni Halme on 02/06/15 13:48

You want to reinvent the world, but you do not know where to start? No worries, leading consulting companies spend big bucks to find out the silver bullets for you. Here is the 11 innovation management best practice list which is based on the latest research from Boston Consulting Group, strategy& and PwC.

1. Capture Customer Insights Directly from the Customers

According to strategy& strong focus on capturing customer insights directly from customers had strong impact on financial results. Companies which capture insights directly from customers had three times the growth in operating income and twice the return on assets of industry peers that captured customer insights indirectly, as well as 65 percent higher total shareholder returns (strategy&, 2014).

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Topics: Innovation Process, Best Practise

April 2015 Top 5 Innovation Articles

Posted by Jouni Halme on 05/05/15 16:44

In the beginning of each month with put our heads together at Orchidea to select the best content that we encountered during the previous month. Here are the best articles for April 2015.

In Praise of Efficient Price Gouging

by James Surowiecki in MIT Technology Review

Uber’s most important innovation is its "surge pricing" mechanism. However it has not been unreservedly welcomed by its customers, even though it works in their advantage.

How to Influence and Maintain a Culture of Innovation

by Vala Afshar in The Huffington Post

7 tips on how to create a culture of innovation by Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services in the United States Federal Government.

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Topics: Innovation Top 5

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