Celebrating the innovators, risk-takers and change agents that are building the products of the future within large organizations.

The Power of Prototypes

Most intrapreneurs start their journey as someone with nothing more than good intentions. They want to help the company they work for to move forward. While having these good intentions is a great first step, it can get hard when it comes to finding ways to move their ideas along. There are many ways that... [Read More]

Design Thinking For Innovation

Many times in the past we have talked about how companies can create the conditions to allow intrapreneurs to show themselves and put their ideas forward and make them happen. Today, we’d like to share some thinking around how those intrapreneurs and their companies can take that one idea or problem and turn it into... [Read More]

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The Power Of Your People

On many occasions we have written about the fact that anyone inside of your company has the potential to become an intrapreneur or to contribute to intrapreneurial and innovation projects. There is potential for ideas and expertise to arise from anyone, no matter their role or level of seniority. Organizations that are really looking to... [Read More]

The Heart Of Corporate Innovation Is About Asking Who Your Company Wants To Be When It Grows Up

At the end of February we gathered a group of intrapreneurs in Toronto for an event filled with networking, learning, and some bagels. During this event we brought out three innovation leaders from some of Canada’s largest companies that operate in regulated industries to talk about what innovation means to them and their companies and... [Read More]

Being Innovative Can Be Risky… And That’s OK

Many companies say that they strongly believe in and support innovative thinking, but that can be a double-edged sword. Yes, companies want to create new and interesting things that help to solve their customers’ problems. However, at the same time, many companies also don’t like to waste time and money putting effort into risky ideas... [Read More]

Three Types Of Corporate Innovation

It’s not uncommon for minds to automatically think about technology when they hear the word “innovation.” However, while technology can be a catalyst for innovation, it’s not necessarily a form of innovation on its own. When it comes to corporate innovation, startup expert Steve Blank believes that there are three different kinds of innovation that... [Read More]

Three Tips For Creating Innovation In A Regulated Industry

It’s natural for a company to want their legacy to continue far into the future. And, as any good intrapreneur knows, the best way for them to do so is to stay relevant to their current customers and potential future customers. This means that innovating to stay relevant becomes something that is hugely important to... [Read More]

Xavier Debane On How Manulife Is Creating Innovation In A Regulated Industry

Xavier Debane is the Vice-President Innovation and Business Development for Manulife’s Canadian Division.  In this role, Xavier leads the Division’s innovation program and drives the development of new solutions to accelerate innovation across all of Manulife’s businesses (insurance, investments, bank).  Xavier will also be joining us at our February 28th event, “Staying Focused On The... [Read More]

How To Solve Common Intrapreneurial Problems

As we’ve mentioned many times before in the journal, the need for intrapreneurship and innovation in established companies is becoming a necessity for longevity. However, even if some people at a company understand that there needs to be a shift in the way that they are currently operating, making that shift actually happen can be... [Read More]

Staying Focused On The Customer While Keeping Up with Change

The beginning of a new year is a time to think about change. But anyone who has ever made lofty New Year resolutions in the past knows that making real change is a lot harder than just deciding to do it and snapping your fingers. Change isn’t easy. If it’s hard for a single person... [Read More]