So lets see how many people have kids today. Who is this. This is Bing Bong the imaginary character from Inside Out made up of bits and pieces. I think this probably describes me. Ex teacher, spent a long time in PR and communications, did lots of training, a few stints of lecturing, organizer of disruptive conferences but of most interest for todays talk about 7 years ago I left Dublin and moved to small village in Mayo where I founded three start up in the tech arena.
John Magee – relevance of innovation. The word innovation is a problem.
CongRegation at Engenuity Midlands Network | Innovation Management dec 4 2017 v2
“Identify, Isolate, Destroy”
• Stop using the word innovation and instead
focus on experimentation
• Stop using the word digital and instead focus
• Make technology, operations, and data a
“The Haka, Peak Innovation and the
World’s Most Innovative People”
• Accessing your Peak Innovation state is crucial for reaching
your highest potential in inner happiness and outer success.
• Doing daily rituals of activities that knowingly place you in
your most innovative state is your key to integrating the key
success strategy behind the world's greatest innovators.
• The Greek root of the word ritual is ritu, meaning "that
which is proven to work". Therefore rituals multiplied =
• If to Peak Innovation you want to rise, you've got to find
what works for you, and ritualise!
“Innovation is a State of Mind”
• Everything comes down to your most valuable
resource, people, they trump process, they
are your culture.
• Find ways to be positive to spark creativity.
• Being negative blocks innovation.
• Don't be apathetic it stifles innovation.
• “I wouldn’t start from here” - Where does
innovation come from?
• We’re not always aware why we are doing what
• Our decision making processes are biased
towards repeating our mistakes
• Generating new ways of doing things requires
• Innovation means embracing uncertainty
“Creativity at the Heart of Innovation”
• You have been lied to about your creative
• Originality in innovation is a myth
• You can learn to be an innovator
• Creativity is hard work, but achievable
Alignment: The Oxygen of Change
• Most change & innovation projects fail, not because the
ideas aren’t good or worthwhile, but because getting
people and organisations to buy into real change is
• Alignment is about getting a diverse group of people to
• Great storytelling is your friend
Gar Mac Criosta
History is Great, But the Future is All We Have Left
• The future is unknowable, but we need to pay
attention to the signals
• To engage in innovation means imagining new
• Thinking without tooling is difficult, innovation
needs better tools
• Structured process of telling stories
“Perchance to Dream”
• We are at our most creative and innovative when we are challenged by
scarcity of supply. The economics of innovation should be built on
scarcity rather than plenty. If everything is given to us then we don’t
learn how to do things for ourselves. When you always have money to
order-in do you ever challenge yourself to raid the cupboards to
conjure up a meal with just three ingredients?
• Functional Fixedness, the idea that an object has just one purpose, is a
damaging side-effect of economic prosperity. When you always have
money to buy a ready-made garden shed do you ever go into the yard
and recycle some old fencing and doors?
• “To die, to sleep….” When the darkness is so dark that not everyone
makes it to the morning. Some people thrive in the creative edges of
the darkness but there are others for whom it is just too dark. What
can we do?
The Curses of Innovation
• Treating innovation as a noun or a thing is a mistake. It
a process and a verb
• Its based on knowledge and experience and
engagement with the world. Deeper engagement and
better experience better innovation
• Without human and social dimensions we are often
blind to the value of invention and can fail to
• While there are many curses about how we think
about innovation innovation is wholly human and
Survival of the fittest: Is coopetition the saviour of
• Come together – operate as a high performing
• Trust (expectations, ownership, resolution
• Communicate (expectations & ways of working)
• Be open to challenge and change
• Commit to invest and act with aligned
Innovation and Failure
• Success can LEAD to failure.
• Failure can be success!
• Innovation is a goal.
• Success is a process.
• Failure is a step.
• The difference between innovation and just
goofing about……is taking notes.
• Single answers
• No beauty contests
• Market research isn’t perfect
• Aim for the top – if you can
• Smarter than consumers
• The buyer is the hero
• The product has to be brilliant