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Why we work with International Standards Organizations

Posted By Brett E. Trusko PhD, Tuesday, February 26, 2019
People ask me all the time why we are working with an innovation standard at ANSI/ISO. I believe the referenced article from the New York Times says a lot about why standards are important. The Joy or Standards can be found at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/16/opinion/sunday/standardization.html.

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Tom Brazil Joins Board of Directors

Posted By Brett E. Trusko PhD, Tuesday, February 26, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Montgomery, AL – February 22, 2019–The Board of Directors of the International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP) has elected Thomas Brazil, Chief Digital Officer of Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS), Inc., to IAOIP’s board of directors. In addition to his role as Chief Digital Officer, Brazil serves as Chief Innovation Officer of the ICS Joint Venture, Red Team Engineering. Brazil was a featured speaker at the 2019 Innova-Con conference in Washington, D.C., with his presentation entitled “Managing Innovation for the DoD: Building the Right Innovation Portfolio.” Dr. Brett Trusko, President & CEO of IAOIP said, “On behalf of the board of directors, we are excited to bring someone of Tom’s caliber to our board. His depth and breadth of experience in innovation and organizational management will be incredibly valuable as we work towards continued growth, and in our endeavors with ISO to bring forth the standards of Innovation Management. We look forward to his contributions.” “It is an honor to be elected to the board of the IAOIP,” said Brazil. “The IAOIP is the world’s largest body of innovation professionals, and the world’s only certifying body. The work IAOIP is doing to help create the global ISO 505000 Standards of Innovation Management is of the utmost importance, and I am excited to be part of such a prestigious and rapidly-growing organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the world’s innovation professionals.” Also certified in Innovation Management by the IAOIP, Tom is responsible helping ICS adjust to the disruptive, fast-paced evolutions occurring in the era of digital business and helping ICS clients achieve their digital transformation and innovation objectives. About the International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAIOP) With over 3000 members in 100+ countries, the International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP) is theworld’s only innovation certification body, providing members with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to deliver real change in their industry or field. IAOIP is the only U.S. TAG (technical advisory group) for ISO 279, which will formalize the Standards of Innovation Management for ISO 50500. These Standards, once developed, will allow organizations to share their best practices in Innovation Management, and will facilitate collaboration as well as develop the capability to innovate, and to bring innovations successfully to market. To learn more about IAOIP, visit www.iaoip.org. About Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc. Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc. (ICS) is a full-service information technology and IT security consulting and professional services firm headquartered in Montgomery, AL with operating locations throughout the United States. Established in 1997, as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB), ICS provides a robust portfolio of technology and information security services that combine a comprehensive strategy with cutting edge security. Our services provide a balance of cost and quality that enables our clients to maximize their return on IT investments. ICS has an established track record of providing enterprise technology and security services to a wide range of Federal, State, and Fortune 1000 clients. ICS has been recognized as a leader in Innovation Management and was the first company in the State of Alabama to certify staff through the IAOIP.

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Innova-Con was a winner again

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 12, 2019
We want to thank Langdon Morris for curating and the United States Chamber of Commerce for hosting our latest amazing Innova-Con conference!

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Earn a Gift Card

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Members of IAOIP who refer the most new members in a quarter receive an Amazon Gift Card. It is easy to do . . . Simply log into your account and under quick links, use the "refer a friend" link. Associate members count for a half a point and paid members receive a full point. Recruiting a corporate member is something extra special.

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Lifelong Learning and the IAOIP Academy

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 8, 2017
Despite Hurricane Harvey in Houston and Irma in Florida (where the CEO and COO live respectively), we will be launching the IAOIP Academy on September 15th. We have worked long and hard at this because its what our members have been requesting. The project came about because many of our members have told us that they do not have a corporate budget for professional memberships, but plenty for training. We hope you like what you see and come back repeatedly to take classes. We have also set the system to allow you to take the same classes over and over if you like. Undertaking a project of this magnitude is never taken lightly and we have put in hundreds of hours building this. The content may or may not be everything you are asking for, but we are anxious to hear form you about what you would like to see in the future. If you have suggestions for what we should build, please feel free to reach out to Brett at brett@iaoip.org.

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Why am I a board member of IAOIP?

Posted By Evan Shellshear, Monday, June 19, 2017
Updated: Friday, June 9, 2017
How do Innovation and Accounting come together? In more ways than you think. I am not only the Treasurer for IAOIP but also a CFO of an international company. In both of these roles, I am required to follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) as set forth by Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in the US and be aware of Accounting Principles set forth by the International Financial Reporting Standards developed by the International Accounting Standards Board. What a mouthful! But what does that mean? It means that I provide insight and guidance to these organizations on how stay profitable and grow in a competitive environment all while following accounting rules. Being innovative is key to doing my job and helps me add value to the organizations I support. Today’s finance people need to be innovative; we have the opportunity to creatively solve problems, influence processes and meet the financial needs of our organizations. As Steve Jobs said “Innovation distinguishes between leaders and followers”. Given the opportunity, finance people can be innovative leaders. I have learned over the years that innovation in accounting starts with communication. We should engage and interact with business leaders not just sit in cubicles or offices. Listening and bouncing ideas off co-workers allows you to learn about the organization you support. If we understand the struggles of the organization, we are able to provide guidance on how to reduce cost structures, increase margins and/or become more price competitive rather than just being a group of individuals that produce monthly financials. As a finance professional, we can and should add value. When attending the Board meetings of IAOIP, I am definitely an outsider. I am not an educator or consultant but I am an innovator who can add value to IAOIP from a finance perspective. IAOIP is a great organization for everyone who wants to grow and add value; your industry background does not matter. The IAOIP Innova Con meeting in Washington, DC had numerous panels and roundtables with professionals and educators from all industries. It was a great event to learn and network. I hope those that attended enjoyed the sessions and for those that were unable to attend … there is always next year. Lauren Huff

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Meet Board Member Lauren Huff

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 19, 2017
Updated: Friday, June 9, 2017
Lauren Huff has over 25 years of Finance and Accounting experience both with for-profit and not-for profit organizations. She is currently the CFO of RAE Energy, an international pipeline specialist services provider, located in Houston, TX. She received her undergraduate degree from George Mason University in Virginia and holds a Certificate of Accountancy with a focus in the Oil and Gas Industry from the Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston. Lauren has extensive experience in accounting system conversations and implementations. Along with holding the position of Treasurer at IAOIP she also serves as Treasurer for the Boy Scouts of America Troop 731.

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Blue hair and rainbows; zombies and smart companies

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 4, 2017

A friend of mine, Kate Boyd, wrote a recent LinkedIn post about her five-year-old daughter saying “blue hair is just pretty cool.” She went on to talk about that her daughter, and son (blue cupcakes), have both proposed blue-related activities: “Why? Because it was cool. Neither are blue fans. These were not costumes or themes. There was no deep commentary on their personal perspectives on life. There was no ROI on the blueness.”


Why? Because it was cool. Neither are blue fans. These were not costumes or themes. There was no deep commentary on their personal perspectives on life. There was no ROI on the blueness.


When I look at zombie organizations I don’t see much blue hair and cupcake thinking. The reasons for that are pretty clear to me:

  • Our schools kill any “out of the box” thinking - see this wonderful TED talk by Sir Robinson (https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity )

  • Our organizations are set up to keep everyone in their “box” - so we have zombie organizations shambling forward in a straight-line


The result is disengaged employees (almost 70% according to Gallup). And that contributes to the inability of companies to adapt quickly enough to the changing, digital, world around them.


I say we need more blue hair and cupcakes. In fact, I think we need more colour on (and in) everything! But to do that we need smarter schools and to build smarter organizations where a rainbow of thinking is not just accepted but treasured.

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Meet Gordon Vala-Webb

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Updated: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Gordon Vala-Webb is author of Building Smarter Organizations (available through Elevate Publishing or Amazon) and is an innovation professional, organization transformer, and an award-winning knowledge management practitioner and thought leader. Previous roles he has held include National Director of Innovation and Information at McMillan LLP, National Director of Knowledge Management for PwC Canada, and Cabinet Office Policy Advisor (Ontario). Gordon is a member of the Board of Directors of the IAOIP; he holds a Master’s degree in the Management of Technology. Gordon lives in Toronto, Canada.

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A Classic Dilemma: Go to the Moon, or Go to the Grocery Store?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Here’s an innovation story that follows a very familiar plot line, but the plot is so important that it provides an important reminder.

In an interview with a company’s new CEO, a reporter tells us, the company has … “combined breathtaking engineering to create a whole bunch of amazing prototypes.  But they rarely make it to market.  That’s because, over the last two decades, its culture has grown so competitive and insular, more consumed with getting and protecting an edge than pushing into riskier new businesses.”

Does this sound familiar?  It’s the story of almost every successful business, where the balance between protecting the established core markets, and pioneering new ones, becomes a high stakes poker game played inside the company, with various camps competing for innovation, development, and marketing resources, and the established units almost always win.

The article goes on to say … “People were motivated to produce things they knew their managers would like, rather than take risks on new ideas that might fail.  The company’s money-minting core offerings sucked up talent and attention while newer ideas got overlooked.”

But what we all know is that the established units win for a while, until major shifts in the market leave them flat-footed.  In fact, this situation is so common, the reporter goes on to note that “It has become accepted wisdom in Silicon Valley that large, successful tech companies can’t reinvent themselves.  Many have attempted to engineer comebacks, and the industry is teeming with failed empires that have evolved into middling businesses on the decline.”

Is this a story about HP?  Or Blackberry?  Or Yahoo?  It could be any of those.

Actually, though, this article is about Microsoft.  It’s a great piece in the latest Wired, a profile on the new CEO Satya Nadella.  The article is quite sympathetic to Nadella’s task, and frames him as a smart and sensitive executive who could well succeed in the monumental task that he is confronted with.

Nadella himself describes three layers of critical organizational performance, Concepts, Capabilities, and Culture, and notes that while Microsoft is awash in great concepts, “You need a culture that is fundamentally not opposed to new concepts and new capabilities.”

While “Not fundamentally opposed” puts the bar pretty low, he has a good point, and it certainly frames the work that he wil need to be doing in the coming weeks and months.

The next article that I’d like to read is about the how.  That is, How does Nardella expect to achieve this in the Redmond behemoth?  The Wired article unfortunately doesn’t say much about that.  But we do.  This is squarely in the InnovationLabs competence area, and we’ve written about it extensively, including in the two books mentioned to the right, Agile Innovation and The Innovation Master Plan.

Among the case studies we cover in Agile are Wells Fargo, Nike, and NASA’s Apollo Program, each tackling a different variation on the same situation, and each providing new insights.

At Wells Fargo, it’s about how to take risks in a highly regulated and controlled banking environment that is nevertheless subject to monumental forces of change; Steve Ellis gives us the metaphor of snowboarding to explain how he makes the organziation move faster.

At Nike, it’s about pushing a massive volume of new products out into the market, and then listening carefully to find out where there is resonance, and shifting even the brand identity when the company and the market become out of sync.

And for Apollo, it’s about how thousands of engineers and scientists created something of monumental scale, something that had absolutely never been done before – the moon landings – while balancing innovativeness and control.

Nadella is facing a task that has elements of all of these stories, and we will be fascinated to witness the new chapters as time, history, and the market write them.

PHOTO:  Buzz Aldrin on the moon.  Photo by Neil Armstrong.  Courtesy of NASA.

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