Welcome to Spigit’s weekly link roundup, where we feature a carefully curated selection of our favorite links to great content on innovation, crowdsourcing, and more from around the web.
Idea software, often referred to as idea management software, is a powerful solution that you can use to ask for, collect, analyze, and track ideas from diverse groups of people, also called a “crowd.” For businesses, this typically means employees, but many companies also use it to solicit and vet new ideas from their customers and partners, too. Some organizations even use idea software to involve the broader public in their ideation or innovation efforts.
Leaders face a lot of challenges, but one of the biggest can be trying to prioritize investments in new technologies without having insight from stakeholders across the company. By tapping into the collective wisdom of employee crowds, leaders can prioritize initiatives and get valuable input at scale.
You’ve done the groundwork for creating a successful innovation program. You’ve learned what mistakes to avoid, and even moved forward with adopting innovation management software like Spigit to enable innovation in a way that’s valuable and repeatable. So why aren’t things taking off how you imagined they would?
Sometimes bad habits don’t seem all that dangerous — at least in the short-term. After all, it can take years to see the lasting effects of say, eating more than your fair share of sugar, or ignoring that dull ache in your knee. But bad business habits can throw a major wrench in innovation before it even has a chance to get off the ground.
At Metlife, there are three types of innovation that people can engage in: social innovation, facilitated innovation, and co-innovation. Each is framed differently, uses specific tools and platforms, and is attached to divergent goals. This helps them gain access to diverse perspectives, allowing them to engage people from all areas of the company and ensure that they’re taking advantage of all of the ideas presented to them. Making it acceptable to experiment and fail has also been a crucial part of boosting overall employee engagement.
In these three in-depth industry reports, you’ll learn the new rules of the collaborative economy, find out why the United States is leading the way in leveraging innovation, and read all about the biggest challenges to the future of crowdsourcing.