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by Francesc Güell
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INTRODUCTION IN 8 MINUTES

Innovate

Innovation is the result of a strategic process, focused in future, managing a continuous flow of projects and programs channeling the necessary resources and methods to bring them into a successful end.

Introduction to Agile Innovation

Removing barriers to innovation

“Change and innovation, radical or incremental, have been and are normal things in the course of human life. There is nothing extraordinary about adapting. It is a necessary condition for survival, and our history shows it. The human being is an innovative biological system by nature since, in the course of evolution, it has continuously adapted to changes in the environment”

Samuel Husenman. “El cambio y la innovación como estratègia adaptativa”. In “El arte de innovar en la empresa” from Antoni M. Güell and Mar Vila. ISBN84-8453-080-9

Not innovating

Failure to innovate puts the future of our companies and organisations at risk. Same as not promoting knowledge, or intangible resources, that is, focusing only on the economic balance, day-to-day operations, and tangible resources.

Innovating

No longer is just undertaking the digital transformation or use of new technologies, but it’s the need to adapt to the environment, to accelerated change. Human history is the history of all our innovations, from the smallest to some that are fundamental milestones and have drastically changed the way we live.

Barriers

If continuously adapting is tiring, if in some organizations and companies it is so difficult to innovate, and if in certain areas, countries or social environments, innovation is not only not common, but it is scarce, rare and difficult, it is because there are barriers or resistance.

Are the barriers to innovation, change and knowledge that must be identified and removed.
How do we do it?
  • Creating an agile innovation process.
  • Identifying internal and external barriers.
  • Improving our change management
  • Based in education, science, technology, design and imagination.
  • Creating knowledge and intangible assets, and striving to create value.
With this we also contribute to:
Create a more productive economy with higher added value that,
  • Improve our health and restore our environment.
  • Able to create more work and with better salaries.
  • And, as a virtuous circle, increase people’s purchasing power and confidence in the future.
  • Which in turn would be promoting a society of greater well-being.

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Background color PANTONE 17-3938, designated color of the year 2022. Blue-purple tone, with various shades of blue and semitones of reddish violet, seeks to represent the times of transformation towards a new paradigm that society is currently experiencing.

What can starlings teach us about business strategy?

There is no leader as the starling’s swarm. There is no command-and-control structure to direct the group. Indeed, it turns out that it is the very opposite with extremely decentralised decision-making. Whilst there maybe thousands of birds flying together, each starling notes the actions of up to seven neighbours.

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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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What is the definition of strategy?

Suggested that a strategy be 35 words to ensure understanding across the organisation, there appears to be confusion.
Dr. Pete Compo, author of the upcoming book “The Emergent Approach”™ to Strategy, reviewed over 70 definitions from many sources.
A strategy is the central rule of a framework, designed to unify all actions and decisions around busting the bottleneck to achieving the foremost aspiration.
This definition retains what is useful in the 70 definitions and solves the identified problems.

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CREATING A NEW COMPANY

12 topics for entrepreneurs

Creating a new company is an exciting process in which, from the beginning, two factors should not be missing: innovation and agility.
Our environment and culture do not make this process too easy.
As for people, what is most striking is the lack of training in basic business issues and the loneliness with which they must face decisions that may later prove to be key.

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SELF APPRAISAL

Tool to assess innovation management

A tool for evaluating innovation management and organizations ability to innovate. It serves to improve your innovation process.
It focuses attention on the areas important to the success of the process and the creation of innovation culture.

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Courses and active workshops

These active courses and workshops are intended for a team from your own organization to put into practice the concepts that we let at their disposal.

They are preformed since 2005 but are redesigned and refined annually based on the experiences acquired with the participating companies and organizations. All can be adapted specifically to the needs of your company.

Topics of courses and workshops
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HARMONIZING...

Innovation and performance

Innovation and performance are not contradictory terms, but on the contrary, they complement each other. So the more innovation, the higher the performance.
However, they can produce tensions in the organization, since one is directed to the future and the other is an issue of the present. They are two basic processes that compete for resources.

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INNOVATION IS STRATEGY

The strategy on one page

A single page should suffice to effectively communicate the vision and strategy formulated through main strategic axes.
That is why we present a model that is a way to express the vision and strategy in a clear and summarized way and a guide to define the strategic axes and clear objectives.

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Innovation + Agility = Agile Innovation

Agility is introducing the concept of value and flow in all processes, freeing up resources and integrating them especially in the innovation process.
Agile Innovation addresses the three critical engines of success: 1) Accelerate the process, 2) Reduce the risks inherent to uncertainty, and 3) Engage the organization and its ecosystem in the innovation effort.

Measures and indicators

Topics related to the evaluation of processes and especially the innovation process. International comparatives.
Performance measures are a strategic management tool. Measure to improve innovation capacity and performance and compare.

Innovation: Key to productive economy

Innovation is key to the survival and growth of companies and all types of organizations.
At the macroeconomic level, the most competitive and sustainable economies are those that are based on innovation.

Create a company, innovation and agility from the beginning

Education in basic business topics is the key to the survival, continuity and growth of start-ups.
Creating a new company is an exciting and difficult process in our environment. The good ideas are there, but there are also often significant barriers.

European and global indicators

We follow the results and comparative methodologies of innovation in different countries and environments, with a global perspective.
We present summaries of the 'European Innovation Scoreboard', EIS. (European Innovation Scoreboard) and the annual reports of the Global Innovation Index (GII).

Innovation is change

Like all change, it requires effort, generates resistance and requires vision and leadership.
Change management models are actually similar. In general, the practice of adapting to each type of organization is what leads to success.

The impulse or 'push' to innovation

It is about applying new scientific advances and technological developments to products and services for their introduction into the market.
The other side of innovation based on customer and market needs. R&D and technological development are key drivers for innovation. Successful innovation often requires an interaction between the two.

Innovation is a process

The strategic process for the future, which manages a flow of projects and programs selected from the generation of ideas.
Your success in innovation will depend on having an innovation portfolio, based on innovative strategy.

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