Time to reflect – and draw

Attending a conference like this gives fantastic input, but also great time for reflections and sketching. Trying to make the Innovation Pyramid more visually enchanting, I’ve been playing around with some rough sketches. Here’s one sketch giving more of a depth feeling. While it still does not give the full implication that I’d like, it is probably better than the existing one-dimensional figure we’ve been working with.

This one might work as a framework to highlight or pull out information from within the structure. This would be text, logos, visual representations and more textual material. So instead of putting everything inside the pyramid, perhaps drawing it out would work better? I’ll be testing this in my upcoming “Leadership in Action class”…..

Time to reflect – and draw

Great first day here in Zurich

Sometimes you experience days where you think “I wish I could take it all in”. Yesterday was one of those days. With a fully packed program here at “The Front End of Innovation” conference, there was plenty to take in.

The morning kicked off with an intimate look at Google’s innovation engine. (a longer blog coming). Next IBM shared its perspective on “Socially Synergestic Enterprise”; looking at ways to improve internal and external collaboration using social media.

Two banks, BBVA and Radobank, shared their experiences using innovation to reinvent their banking business models. BBVA, with 110.000 employees, had a lot of valuable insight Norwegian banks could learn from. Perhaps most revealing was the fact that BBVA exited Brazil some years ago, now considering going back in. But this time considering buying a Brazilian mobile phone company; their goal: reinvent banking from the bottom up in Brazil. Led by a global innovation team, the bank was doing some very interesting stuff. Watch BBVA in the coming years

Our afternoon session was led by Swisslog’s Innovation Manager, sharing the five year journey to embed innovation into the organization (more details coming in separate blogpost)

To round of the day, BWM’s Chief Designer Benois Jacob shared his story of the upcoming BMW concept car i3.

Now, day two.

Great first day here in Zurich

Next: The 6th annual Front End of Innovation, Zurich

This afternoon I’m jumping the plane to Zurich. I’ll be spending three days at one of the most exciting conferences around; The Front End of Innovation EMEA. A packed three days program with top case studies, research, innovation ideas and world class network awaits.

I am particularly looking forward to catching “How does Google stimulate internal innovation to serve users and clients”, Starbucks’ “Humanity in every touchpoint of the brand” and the personal story from the founder of Kaospilotene – and that’s just the first day.

Siemens, Intel, Nokia, BMW, Rabobank, IBM, Airbus P&G, Alessi, Nestle and Credit Suisse are just a few of the cases studies on innovation we’re getting into in Zurich.

The key trends of the conference are innovation management, creating a culture for open, global innovation, identifying trends in a networked society and using social media and network thinking to invent the future. Stretching from “World Class Innovation in China”(P&G) to “Daring Intuition: living on the Borderline of Possible and Not Possible” (Alessi’s President) and “Business Model Innovation” (Alex Osterwalder), this is promising to be one of these stunning learning events – and you can follow it right here on my daily blog. Or. you can check it out right here.