Editor’s note: This article presents a counter-argument to the notion that innovation has to start with a problem to be solved and end up with a solution to that problem. The alternative should be to create an organisational system that has a purpose, is motivated to do new and different things and has a process to develop and discard new ideas. As the author says, “Artists don’t solve problems. Neither do real innovators. Did the iPhone start with solving a problem? Did Amazon ? Did Facebook? I don’t think so.”
Editor’s note: Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of, or used, Tiktok. what matters here is how this video/social platform keeps your attention. It’s a fascinating media, technology and communications story. One that is being lived by many of the next wave of employees.
Editor’s note: This is a simple list of actions to follow in order to cultivate more innovative thinking. I like the focus on understanding what makes teams work well and codifying that for others to learn from.
Editor’s note: An anthropologist was sent in to a university that produces leading research into how students learn best to find out why the university wan’t putting its research into practice. The key finding? Fear of looking stupid. This is a great example of how and why innovation stalls.
Editor’s note: What is the role of L&D? How should learning teams organise themselves and what should they deliver? Some useful thoughts from Nick-Shackleton, Director, Learning & Performance Innovation at PA Consulting Group.
Editor’s note: This is an indepth and very interesting account of how media company Sky reinvented the way it delivered learning. Lots of great insights for any L&D team.
Editor’s note: There’s a good message here for anyone trying to get colleagues on board with new ways of doing things. It is: understand what is exciting to them about the new ways of doing things and sell that concept. I guess some would call it ‘engagement’.
Editor’s note: McDonalds wanted to sell more milkshakes but they didn’t understand what job the milkshake was doing. Once they did, they understood how to sell more. Are there parallels here for L&D? Do we understand the job to be done?
Editor’s note: In this short video Nick Shackleton-Jones provides a compelling approach for learning at work. The resources and experiences approach is underpinned by designing with and for the user.
Editor’s note: Daniel Susskind talks through the book The future of the professions which he co-authored with his father Richard. There are some great insights here into what innovation could like like for L&D and HR.
Editor’s note: If you are trying to improve a learning product or service then it pays to figure out the job that product or service is there to do. Thanks to Nick Shackleton-Jones for pointing to this.
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Editor’s note: This is a long read but well worth it. Analyst Brian Solis looks at current innovation in the music industry, who is winning and who isn’t. Music is at the bedding edge of tech disruption so there are some useful insight for us all.
Editor’s note: Always good to see some examples of how companies are innovating – these five are using labs to develop new ideas and thinking.
Editor’s note: Social media and mobile phones have given learners everywhere a capability to discover, create, repurpose, share and amplify content, according to Steve Wheeler.