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Jouni Halme

Jouni is the sales director of Orchidea Innovations. He helps companies to implement systematic innovation.
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Rules for brainstorming success

Posted by Jouni Halme on 29/03/21 12:20

Ideation is critical for innovation. And when it comes to rapid ideation, nothing works better than brainstorming. The most innovative companies depend on a healthy flow of new ideas to push their innovation efforts. If you will unlock higher creativity and innovation in your enterprise, you must also be able to encourage a steady flow of ideas to tackle unique problems.

A brainstorming session is a tool that allows you quickly find plenty ideas or solutions to a problem. The ideas generated are not required to be the best or even have the highest chances of execution. The goal of the session is to find plenty ideas, which will then usually form a basis for even better solutions.

While brainstorming works best unhindered, it is also most effective when guided by simple brainstorming rules that help you make the most of the process. Here are some rules that can help you squeeze real value out of your brainstorming session.

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Topics: Best Practise, Brainstorming

Best innovation blogs 2020

Posted by Jouni Halme on 13/03/20 10:50

Want to learn more about innovation

Easy to way to stay on the cutting edge of innovation is to start following some blogs. We wanted save you some time by ranking the top innovation blogs. Instead of just basing the ranking in our opinion we wanted to be more systematic. Therefore we ranked the blogs according to their performance in the following 7 criteria

  • Organic keywords: the number of keywords the site of the blog ranks for in search (source: Ubersuggest)
  • Organic monthly traffic: the total estimated traffic the site of the blog gets considering its organic keywords (source: Ubersuggest)
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Topics: Best Practise

Innovative leadership [Infographic]

Posted by Jouni Halme on 10/03/20 09:30

Does diverse academic background of your employees increase the innovativeness of your company?

What is the #1 reason affecting negatively companies' growth prospects according CEOs?

Learn more about the characteristics of innovative leadership from the infographics below! 

This infographic is the 2nd part of series that concentrates to research based facts about innovation. If you want to understand why innovation is crucial for companies and what are the characteristics of successful innovators, please take a look at the 1st infographic in the series: Business Innovation - Why and How.

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Topics: innovation culture

Business Innovation - Why and How [Infographic]

Posted by Jouni Halme on 05/03/20 14:08

Innovation has been the hot topic in the recent years as everybody is afraid of their business being disrupted. Who would not be scared if all your customers suddenly start talk about a disruptive newcomer like Tesla. Despite your best efforts everybody is just swarming about their sports car in space or the new cybertruck.

What can you do? You have to up your game too. In this infographic we have summarized why you should be interested in business innovation and what are the characteristics of successful innovators. And if you are hungry for more in-depth description of innovation, please take a look at our all-covering blog post about innovation: Innovation definition, strategy and process.

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Topics: innovation culture

50 Free innovation images

Posted by Jouni Halme on 28/01/20 09:00

Most of us have been probably in this situation: you are in a hurry creating your presentation or blog post, but you can't find suitable images to support your message. We at Orchidea have faced this problem too many times. That's why we asked our super creative team member Liana to create 50+ images about the most typical innovation topics. Here they for you to use!!
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Innovation definition, strategy and process

Posted by Jouni Halme on 28/02/19 16:32

Table of contents

What is innovation?
Types of innovation
Benefits of innovation
Innovation strategy
Innovation culture
Innovation process
Measuring innovation performance

 What is innovation?

“The actions required to create new ideas, processes or products which when implemented lead to positive effective change.”
– Marc Chason, Motorola Labs
This simple definition of innovation captures very well the key attributes of it
  • novelty
  • execution turns ideas and inventions to innovations
  • results in positive change and value

Here is how Marc Chason continues to explore the topic:

“While invention requires the creation of new ideas, processes or products, innovation moves one step further and requires implementation of the inventive act. Innovation also implies a value system which seeks to derive a positive outcome from the inventive act. For example, actions which lead to a negative performance metric would not be considered innovative, even if they met the requirements of novelty and enabling actions.”

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Topics: Innovation Process, Research & Development

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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Topics: suggestion box

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 are innovation best practices is based on the research of 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

6 Reasons to Focus on Ideas Instead of Inventions

Posted by Jouni Halme on 23/03/15 11:35

Many of the clients I meet are struggling to collect enough ideas in the fuzzy front end of their innovation process. At the same time in many organization the only way to submit an idea to the organization is by submitting invention disclosure report. This is very counterproductive from the point of view of innovation.

 Do you want to know why?

1) The Bar is Raised Unnecessarily

It is widely accepted truth that in innovation quantity leads to quality. If the only way for the employees to submit their ideas is inventions, the organization is messaging that they are only looking for something unique or novel. This is again leads to smaller ideas not being submitted which affects idea quantity.

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Topics: Innovation Process, Best Practise, Research & Development

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