Author name: Francesc Güell

Francesc Guell is the owner of this site. He was CEO and director of international companies in specialty chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The last 12 years was associated with international consulting groups, providing advice and support to businesses on topics such as innovation and agile innovation processes, operational excellence, knowledge management, change management, strategy and integrated business management. Currently creates and presents courses and workshops on these topics. He graduated as a chemical engineer, postgraduate from ESADE Business School in Business Administration and Master in Knowledge Management. He participated in numerous programs, seminars and ESADE, IESE, EADA, APD and MCE (Management Centre Europe). He is author of articles, presentations and courses on innovation in strategic management, integrated business models, knowledge management, performance measurement, change management and excellence in business processes. See more in: Professional Profile

Filter and prioritize projects.

What is presented here is a tool to facilitate the process of filtering and prioritizing ideas and projects in companies and organizations.
Also in all the selection or prioritization processes necessary to complete or manage portfolios of products, services, etc.

It is a teamwork tool; it facilitates the discussion and definition of the criteria or filters on which the selection will be based, and it rationally orders the possible projects.

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Innovation in Europe: regional and global. (EIS and RIS 2023)

We summarize the results of the European Innovation Scoreboard, (EIS 2023), including the regional analysis of the EU, Regional Innovation Scoreboard, (RIS 2023) and the global comparison with other countries.
The most extensive analysis, which also includes 11 other European countries, shows that Switzerland is Europe’s innovation leader.
At the global level, the EU has reduced the distance with some of the leaders.
The Regional Innovation Scoreboard complements the EIS and, in my opinion, greatly helps to understand the development of innovation.

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Direction and project management

Organizational aspect: Transversal organization by projects.
It is a fact that organizations are generating more projects. Regardless of the need, automation and the so-called “digital transformation” mean that the amount of routine work is constantly decreasing and project work is increasing. Consequently, it is necessary to increase the preparation and capacity for the direction and management of projects.

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Summary of the Global Innovation Index (GII)2022:

What is the future of innovation-driven growth?” Two driving waves of innovation are identified, although it is also emphasized that their effects will take time to materialize.
15 European countries are in the top 25. For Spain, the performance gap with the EU is getting bigger…

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Removing barriers to innovation

It is no longer just undertaking digital transformation, but a need to adapt to an environment of accelerated change.
If continually adapting is tiring and if in some organizations, social environments or territories it is so difficult to innovate, it is because there are barriers or resistance.

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Orchestrating the future (1)

My thesis here is that, starting from a certain company size, harmonizing and integrating innovation, as well as medium- and long-term strategic issues, with daily operations in the short term is a problem that requires special attention.
Therefore, “orchestrate the company” will have the meaning of harmonizing and integrating both fronts: the short, medium and long term, to “sound” like a perfect “symphonic orchestra”, without dissonances and with “creativity” and “excellent” results. ”.

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Create a company. Innovation and agility from the beginning

Starting a new company is an exciting process in which, from the beginning, should not miss innovation and agility.
A new company is actually transform a good idea into reality so that it generates benefits in the economic or social field and lasts over time. And it better be an innovative idea put into practice with agility.

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Innovate: Ideas or strategy?

It is a fairly generalized fact to believe that innovation starts with “ideas”. According to this hypothesis, ideas are first raised and then become innovations.
But experience shows that the most successful companies with the most innovative continuity tend to be those that start from a strategic perspective.

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Agile Innovation

Innovate is to bring good ideas into reality, continuously and successfully. It means converting knowledge and ideas into new products or services, new or improved processes to obtain competitive advantages.
Any innovation can mean a radical leap, something that the market has never seen, or it can be incremental, taking an existing concept and improving, turning it into something new.
In both cases, innovation is the result of the process of managing a continuous flow of projects and programs that channels the necessary resources to bring them into a successful end.

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12 topics for entrepreneurs

Creating a new business is an exciting and passionate process that, from the beginning, should not miss two factors: innovation and agility.
A new company is to implement a good idea in the economic and / or social field, to generate profits and endure over time. 12 topics for active learning.

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A model for innovation management

Paper presented at the Third ACCID and APC Conference. University of Girona.
Models are simplifications of reality that serve to reduce the complexity and transmit knowledge or experience which must then be adapted to another reality.
We’ll see a model based on business practice…

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Innovation strategy. Either we try to explore the future or will have to adapt to what is to come.

When we talk about an innovation strategy, we can refer to different ways to get to build:
Trying to find out the future and explore the different scenarios that are most likely to occur.
Be aware of the increasingly accelerated changes in our entire environment, and prepare to adapt as quickly as possible.

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Build the innovation portfolio.

Whether your company is small or large, your success in innovation will depend on having a suitable portfolio or pipeline of innovation projects and programs. And also, to manage it in an agile and efficient way.
A set of ideas, projects, and programs that the organization is managing as it would with a set of investments, in order to obtain explicit results and objectives focused on an innovation strategy.

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Webinar: Innovation urgency

The objective is to convey the need and urgency of innovation in all organizations and in all areas.
The thesis is that innovation is key to improving the macro and micro economy, and that in times of crisis, the most innovative companies and territories do better.
The existence of barriers to innovation slows down economic and social development in the areas in which we operate.
Accelerated and abrupt changes such as the current crisis caused by Covid-19 have further catalyzed the urgency of innovation and its necessary financing.
For emergency innovation we must accelerate the management of our innovation projects, reviewed and selected on the one hand, and extend the critical mass of innovative projects and companies in our environment.

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Financing innovation in the COVID 19 crisis

Summary of the main observations and conclusions of the Global Innovation Index Report GII 2020 dedicated this year to the monographic topic of “Who will finance the Innovation” in the crisis generated by Covid19.
The analyzes presented allow us to have a global vision of the subject and extract some trends.

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