Andrew Crimer

Organize to Prioritize Innovation

When an organization decides to invest resources, time, and energy in an innovation program, management is making a calculated bet about their teams' ability to identify and solve problems to grow the business—but there's not always a concrete…
Andrew Crimer

Can Small Teams Run Innovation Programs?

Most discussions about “innovation,” including those here on our blog, focus on one of three kinds of innovation: the abstract notion of creativity-driven progress and improvement, the specific activity by an individual of introducing that progress…
Abby Finer

Why Innovators Embrace Failure

Despite what you’ve been led to believe, failing is OK. If you’re committed to innovation (and you should be!), you’re dealing with change. You’re adapting rapidly. You’re not going to hit the bullseye every time. Failures might sting, but if you…
Desiree Beckman

#TBT: A Short History of Innovation Tools

Every time an organization rebrands or launches a new product, they’re sharing the outcome of hundreds of gathered ideas, discussions, brainstorming sessions, and hours upon hours spent in research labs. That’s what Kindling users are buzzing about…
Abby Finer

Why Your Company Should Celebrate Intrapreneurs

Savvy businesses know that innovation is key to keeping up with today’s rapid change. Well, making innovation a goal is one thing, but achieving it is another. Innovation is different for every organization, and this is because of the living…
Andrew Crimer

How the Kindling Team Uses Idea Management

A major challenge I regularly face in marketing Kindling is explaining the seemingly simple concept of "ideas" as they feature in idea management. When we say "ideas," we don't just mean major new product concepts or earth-shaking strategy…
Abby Finer

When Does Creativity Become Innovation?

There’s a lot of emphasis in the idea management world on being creative—see Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 2015, for example—but it’s not always obvious that being creative is only step one. Innovation requires creativity, but…