3 eLearning Examples to Spark Innovation

Blue Sky eLearn

There has been much advancement and innovation in the eLearning industry over the last several years, and today I’ll be reviewing three of my favorite examples of organizations thinking outside the box to deliver their content to their audience.

Broken Association Processes Fracture Member Engagement

Smooth The Path

It is easy to see how association processes can break over time. Why not try a process audit? List and review every critical process, especially those that interface with members. Has the process improved?

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Why associations should drive innovation

Association Success

Associations connect mentors with mentees, offer professional development and continuing education courses, write rules and regulations for their industries, and innovate every chance they have. But what does it mean to truly innovate? Innovation is change.

Process Killed the Association Star

Thanks For Playing

One of his notes from a panel on "innovation all the time" was: Genius isn’t hidden. It’s afraid of your processes. And then our reified processes kick in, and the cavalcade of "no" begins. Jamie Notter innovation leadership

Association Processes Might Be Keeping You From Important Work

Smooth The Path

Submitting rebates is a funny process that feels like a sales trick. ” My contact company’s process for rebates is about as complicated as they can make it, and it changes every year. One of the dangers of older organizations is they become process-centric. Processes are established, and in time no one remembers why. Sometimes the reason for the process is gone, but the process remains burning staff time and energy.

Innovate the Lean Way

Spark Consulting

We think this same process can be used successfully by associations, and we have the case studies to back it up! Join us to learn how you can apply this technique in your own organization to eliminate waste, validate your learning, and innovate faster and more successfully. Feature Story innovation leadership webinars whitepaper Guillermo Ortiz de Zarate YourMembership.com“There’s no bigger waste than investing resources working on the wrong thing.”

Associations Dump New Ideas Too Quickly

Smooth The Path

Your innovation may just be what your members need; no one told them yet. Association Innovation association innovation innovation champion innovation culture innovation mindset innovation practice innovation process

Use the 5-Step Idea Process to Become an Association Innovation Ninja

Smooth The Path

Ideas are the root of all innovations. Because ideas lead to innovation we want more ideas, better ideas, THE idea that will excite members. Many innovative associations use a formal or informal idea process which generally has five steps and goes something like this: Step #1: Allow member’s problems spark innovative ideas. When we solve that problem we have our next new innovative offering. Step #5: Use your new product development process.

Funding Industry Innovation

Potomac Core

Associations who are Funding Industry Innovation can position themselves as essential partners in helping members achieve business outcomes. Through an “outside in” strategic planning process board members, CEO’s, and senior managers can utilize actionable data to identify opportunities to leverage the association to provide tools and resources to support business outcomes. Marching To Innovation . Funding Industry Innovation.

Stop Sabotaging Your Conference Innovation Planning Process

Velvet Chainsaw

Are we failing to cultivate innovation in our conference planning process? Do we focus so much on the details and logistics that we unknowingly sabotage our brains’ potential to cultivate innovation and creativity? Keeping our minds engaged and inspired in the creative process is critical to conference innovation. Yet too often, we default to following the same process to create our conferences year after year. Don’t rely on rote in your planning process.

Association Outside In Innovation

Potomac Core

With so much new technology available, should associations develop an innovation strategy? If technology is a delivery mechanism to deliver impact on member business outcomes, then it’s an example of Association Outside In Innovation. The strategic planning process should always begin with actionable data and knowing what internal and external factors are impacting your member’s business outcomes and profitability, and then: Rank the business challenges.

Association Innovation Delivers Growth

Potomac Core

Association Innovation Delivers Growth. For IARW , the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (Global Cold Chain Alliance Partner), these new and innovative capabilities are serving as an accelerant to revenue growth and retention. Collaboratively they determined their industry’s strategic business outcomes and developed an innovation focused strategic plan to drive worldwide top line growth. Association Innovation Delivers Growth.

The CEO’s Behavior Dictates how Innovative an Association Will Be

Smooth The Path

As a staff member of an association, I would like to think that if I have a useful and winning innovative idea, I can bring it to market. And then this success could be the jumping off point for the whole association to become innovative. But when it comes to innovation in associations, we are not so egalitarian. Do you need ideas, a process, or the right culture? We found that for association innovation to take hold an association needed one other key component.

Overcoming the Barriers to Association Innovation

Smooth The Path

Innovation is a difficult strategy for any organization past the startup phase to adopt, and associations are no exception. When association executives talk about innovation, we talk about the possibility and how much more we can help members. But, we also talk about how risky change can be, how difficult it is, and how much time and money innovation efforts can use. We want to innovate, but we may be afraid to get started.

What Highly Innovative Associations Know That Others Do Not

Smooth The Path

Innovation is relatively new in the association industry. A recent association industry benchmarking report notes that 73% of associations have started their focus on innovation within the last 5 years (27% within the last year). Evolutionary-type innovation has probably been happening in pockets within the association for quite some time. It’s the whole association-wide focus on innovation and revolutionary-type of innovation that is very new to us.

To Stoke Innovation, Fight Your Biases

Associations Now

Innovation isn’t just about the ideas people create, but the environment leaders provide to inspire them. Innovation is essential to an organization—all it means, at its core, is being able to come up with new ideas, and your association hasn’t survived without doing that a few times.

Innovation & Association Relevance

Potomac Core

When is the timing right to embrace innovation and change at your Association? How well are you positioned to help your member’s achieve their business outcomes in a time of dramatic innovation and change? ( [link] ). How innovative your Association is today will dictate whether or not your organization will survive or thrive. Innovation & Association Relevance. The post Innovation & Association Relevance appeared first on Potomac Core Consulting.

Remember the Process Side of Culture Too

Jamie Notter

While every culture is unique, I’m noticing that when it comes to Markers like Agility, Collaboration, and Transparency, many organizations seem to be working hard on what I call the “human” side of those Markers, but they haven’t put quite as much work into developing the systems or processes to support them. I see similar patterns within innovation—we’re all about creativity and inspiration, yet we don’t have processes in place for beta testing, prototyping, or experimentation.

You Are Not Innovative

Eric Lanke

And you talk about innovation all the time. You even have your own blog where you put up posts about innovation and the people you meet at those conferences tell you how great they are. But despite all that, you''re not really innovative. This can be the physical strain of consecutive all-nighters to test every meaningful configuration of a website before it goes live, to the emotional pain of subordinating your vision of the innovation to the vicissitudes of customer taste.

Focus on Management Processes

Jamie Notter

If you want to change the culture, then you MUST change some management processes. Not just processes–management processes. These are the processes we use to manage the work (as opposed to processes we use to do the work). Other work processes will certainly need to be changed as well as part of your culture change efforts, but I think the management processes offer a lot of opportunity that too many organizations miss.

You May be Doing Innovation: Introducing the Association Innovation Continuum

Smooth The Path

The magnitude of an innovation project doesn’t determine whether the project is innovative or not. Innovation is synonymous with big. So innovation also might be just as well be synonymous with risky, scary and the domain of only a privileged few. The myth around the very word innovation can keep us from moving forward. The study participants, who are from highly innovative associations, told me that innovation is on a continuum from small to big.

Disruptive Innovation Creates Association Opportunities

Potomac Core

Disruptive Innovation “describes a process whereby a smaller company with fewer resources is able to successfully challenge established incumbent businesses.” In a slowing and uneven global economy, are your members looking somewhere else for lower cost and innovative solutions? Having actionable data that answers these questions is more important than ever for associations in a world of disruptive innovation. Disruptive Innovation Creates Association Opportunities.

Here’s a big idea: Innovation can be small

Association Success

I bet that if you pull any association’s job posting for a leadership opening, you will find the word “innovation” at least half the time, either as a requirement of the type of person or a descriptor of where the organization is going. Let’s make a bet.

Evergreen Association Problems

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Your Guide to Innovation at Your Association

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I have had hour-long conversations with 15 association professionals from innovative associations and these conversations provide the foundation for you to start effective staff (and board) conversations about the innovation efforts at your association. The things that hinder association’s innovation efforts are usually the not-talked-about, unplanned surprises that pop up along the way. Association innovation leaders. The 5-step idea process.

Thomas Edison Can Teach Associations About Innovation

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Additionally, many of his philosophies and methods for innovation are still directly applicable. Innovation at the Edison labs was not an it-can-only-be-made-here endeavor. Need more resources on how to innovate at your association? The National Business Aviation Association sponsored a research report of 15 of the most innovative associations. Use this guidebook to jumpstart your innovation engine by learning the mindsets and processes they use.

4 Steps to Inspire Innovation in Your Association

Socious

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Many people believe innovation is all about inventing and releasing new products. Innovation is so much more than just revamping products or services. As a society, we thrive off of innovation.

Daily Buzz: Rethink Your Recruiting Process

Associations Now

To find the right person, you have to tweak the recruiting process. Instead of wasting time and money hiring the wrong type of person, your organization should create small tweaks in its recruiting process to ensure you’re attracting people who have the right professional and people skills.

Are You an Innovator or a Producer?

YourMembership Blog

Are Innovation and Production at Odds? HBR posted a good article recently about Why Managers Don’t Really Want to Innovate. The article pointed out that most companies are not willing to devote time to innovation because innovative time steals from production time. Since innovation has been a topic of interest to associations and other member-based organizations, we’re wondering if you’ve had the same experience?

How Can You Plan for Innovation?

Association Adviser

The iPhone spent seven years in production by some of the world’s best innovators before it became a product that has changed how we go about our daily routines. It’s the one of the biggest – if not the biggest – innovations of our generation. It’s sometimes hard to remember that this is an innovation that didn’t exist before the early 2000s. Which all goes to show that innovation doesn’t just happen. Innovation is the product of focus, creativity and hard work.

Engaging Members in Your Development Process

Eric Lanke

image source Six weeks ago, in You Are Not Innovative , I had a bit of an argument with myself--chastising myself for not doing all that I could to set a truly innovative example for my association. Which I dealt with in more detail four weeks ago in Capturing Useful Intelligence , and: You talk about engaging your members in the development process of a new program or service, but you don''t do it. Associations Innovation

Innovators Network Differently

Velvet Chainsaw

There are two main types of networkers – 1) delivery-driven and 2) innovator-driven. Innovation-driven attendees network different(ly). Test out a few ideas “in process” and gain valuable insight to perfect them before launch. The post Innovators Network Differently appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw. Conference Networking active participation conference best practices engagement Innovation innovators networking

How to Leverage Your User Group to Differentiate Your Company in the Sales Process

Higher Logic

Highlight Innovative Product Uses. Often, they’ll come up with innovate uses that you never considered. Point out these customer-generated ways to use your product during the sales process to highlight your product’s flexibility. Sales are competitive. Even companies with quality products that get great results must fight to win new customers because there are always half a dozen other options that customers are comparing to yours. Every good sales professional knows that.

Hone Your Radar To Seize These Conference Innovation Invitations

Velvet Chainsaw

Innovation may be a tired word. There is no doubt that innovation has become an overused and confusing buzzword. Ask ten people to define innovation and you’re probably going to get a dozen or more responses. Innovate To Captivate. Yes, to innovate.

The CEO’s Guide to Association Innovation

Association Adviser

When I say the word innovation to you, what feelings does this word evoke? In a recent research study association professionals reported that innovation is synonymous with risk, big expectations, large investments, long commitments and failure. To guide our members through the turbulence, we need to change, adapt and innovate more nimbly. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a guide to association innovation? What is the secret sauce for innovation at associations?

Diffusion of Innovation: Practical Tips for Technology Councils & Standards Orgs

Association Management

In the 1960s, researcher Everett Rogers published a work called Diffusion of Innovations that aimed to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures. At the core of Rogers’ theory is a bell curve, which illustrates the different stages of innovation adoption. They do not, however, want to be first, and thus rely on the so-called “innovators” to take the proverbial test drive and work out some initial kinks.

The Award-Winning Process for Association Innovation

Smooth The Path

When we are tired of the tension it may help to borrow the playbook from an innovative company. IDEO, the innovation experts, have a process that makes for a good example because it not only works but also because it has been extensively shared so we know the method behind the magic. Or small innovative events within bigger events. How to get an association on the innovation path.

Conference Innovation Through Paradigm Busting

Velvet Chainsaw

The process of conference paradigm busting* involves: 1. The post Conference Innovation Through Paradigm Busting appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw. A strong driving force lies just beneath what you do on a daily basis.

Co-Creation: The Value is in the Process

Association Success

But the process of participation, and subtle nuances in wording and norms, really mattered to the students. Because of that, co-creation is often as much about the process as the product, something I’ve written about before in the context of the IKEA Effect. Co-creation at this scale requires a commitment to the process, as well as an investment in time and resources. To tackle this complexity, some cities rely on the power of the co-creation process.

Four Innovation Lessons with Staying Power

Idea Architects

More than 10 years old, the ABC Nightline episode in which the innovation gurus from IDEO redesign the grocery store shopping cart still offers timeless insights about the innovation process. facilitation ideas innovation