Category Archives: Innovation

Ideas in Limbo: How to Get Ideas to a State of Decision

It is easy to make a decision on ideas you are passionate about.  But what about ideas which seem interesting, but which you don’t know what to do with?  At PwC, we’ve discovered that there is this area of limbo … Continue reading

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Getting to your best mobile strategy

Tom Conophy of InterContinental Hotels Group describes the importance of a sound cultural and management foundation for mobile innovation.  This interview was conducted by Bo Parker and Alan Morrison of PwC’s Center for Technology and Innovation. PwC: You have been … Continue reading

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Does It Have To Be Rocket Science?

What I really learned at NASA has little to do with space exploration and everything to do with everyday life. I was reminded that we all face similar issues — and innovation is really a people issue. Maybe not everyone dreams of space travel, but everyone should be allowed to dream and have the opportunity to make a difference. Continue reading

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Keeping an "Eye" on Innovation

Innovation is not necessarily limited to new technologies or new products. Today, companies are touted as innovative for reinventing business models, building entirely new markets, or looking through a different lens to creatively meet customer needs. Employees are an important … Continue reading

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Challenging Our People

One of Leadership’s core responsibilities is to address issues and challenges within the business. But what if we flipped that model and gave part of that responsibility to our employees? People are our greatest asset as we hire the best and brightest to join us in delivering the highest quality professional services, so involving them in addressing challenges is imperative. Now with the power of new technologies, the discussion that once took place in a conference room can be opened to everyone across the globe for their ideas and thoughts. As such, we found a way to tap into the knowledge and expertise of our people and challenge them to help solve the business challenges facing us. Continue reading

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Tainted Love

It’s clearly Pollyannaish to believe that standard business practices can or will change so radically for most companies, at least in the short-term. However, there does seem to be evidence that the innovation of bringing clarity, transparency and good faith to dealings with customers is a sound business strategy and not just the latest marketing gimmick. Continue reading

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Companies Need All The Innovation They Can Get

In a recent Bloomberg article entitled “Why Companies Need Less Innovation” Pat Lencioni makes the case that companies should not be asking employees to be innovators. He goes as far as to say that leaders should not even be open to more ideas from their employees and that only a few people really need to innovative. He suggests that rank and file employees should not try to innovate but simply “do their jobs and satisfy customers in the most effective and charismatic way possible, but within the bounds of sound business principles.” Continue reading

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PwC iPlace – Recognition is Something Special

There is a phrase I once heard – “being part of something special makes you special”- and our approach to recognition celebrates just that, being special.  Innovation at PwC requires the unique talents of our people.  By recognizing how special … Continue reading

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Spotting the Gorilla in the Room

While attending a company training seminar a couple of years ago, I was part of a group shown a video. The video showed six people – three in white shirts and three in black shirts-passing basketballs around. We were asked … Continue reading

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Innovation Horizons

Companies need to recognize that they need different approaches, techniques and even management styles for each Innovation Horizon. It is not necessary to pursue all three types of innovations, but it is necessary to define which Horizon(s) you are focused on, and apply the right techniques for each Horizon. Continue reading

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