More and more Corporate Innovation labs are starting their own intrepreneurship residency programs. Usually it consists in cohorts of 20/40 people for 2 to 3 months. In most of those design thinking based program, cohort start as a group to ideate and then split into subteams to develop business concepts.

The challenge is that ideation requires to build a team spirit for collaborative work among the program participants. Then splitting the subteams can create some competition that will kill the innovation spillovers among teams. …


This week was inspiring with the opening of the LEGO House. An amazingly designed building that offers LEGO to test all its innovations directly to the customers. It shows how customer centric design has taken over for successful business and that companies need to adopt new management practices to sustain their competitive advantage.

It is thus maybe not a coincidence if the same week was the official opening of The Camp in south east of France. I have been following this initiative since the beginning of the year, … following a lot of French innovators, corporate hackers on social networks…


Over the last year the corporate incubator where I work has been redesigned and reorganized with the ambition to accelerate launch of new products in the market.

During that period of changes, I let my supervisors know that I was open to take management responsibilities. However my career goal is to grow as an expert and here are the reasons why:

  • Following an expert career offers more challenges for problem solvers and exiting topics to learn.
  • Being a specialist allows to achieve high level goals in the daily job and this has strong spillover effects to nurture colleagues related projects…

There are a lot of books, website, blogs that talk about innovation management but only a few focus on the people development side. Usually we have tendency to focus on the holy grail recipe such as design thinking or business model design, however one of the key element is to develop an ideator into an inventor, further into an innovator and hopefully into an entrepreneur. This is all about people development, if an organization wants to develop great projects, it will need the right people behind.

It is important to introduce the concept of positive psychology for innovation. There are…


Unlocking innovation in corporation is a key objective. However, due to lack of time and low acceptance of failure, dedicated creativity workshop have been designed for the corporate world and several methodologies have been suggested by consultants (i.e. Innovation Copilots).

Let’s focus first on the creativity process. It allows anyone to come with great ideas and can be used for finding solutions in your personal or professional life. Some people are already used to this process, in particular researchers or artists who have learned to use that process in their daily job. It is a systemic approach from ideation to…


In this post I will try to elaborate around two big trends for corporate innovation: intrapreneurship and corporate hacking. On my opinion the difference between both concepts is that intrapreneurship is a top down effort defined from the head of strategy and multiplied to the different departments following a well defined process in order to realize the company’s transformation. Oppositely corporate hacking is a bottom up approach starting from self organized groups of employees who adopt methods from outside the company to accelerate its development.

Giving directions in preparation and learning from the path

First, we can look at intrapreneurship. More than discovering the next big thing in the…


Of course, I don’t see the future or don’t pretend to. I just know that I tend to change jobs every five years. I remember that 5 years ago, the job I am currently doing, did not exist in many organizations and this has been always the case regarding my career.

In other words I tend to adapt well to the job market and new typologies of roles that are created years after years.

I was one of the first data scientist and modeler in 2003, I became a biomarker clinical scientist in 2008 with the rise of personalized medicine…


When it comes to supporting a team in a project, there are mainly three styles of facilitation: Facilitative, Evaluative, and Transformative.

Facilitative-Guide and supporter of the process and guide

The facilitator structures a process to assist the parties in reaching consensus. When it comes to innovation, the facilitator asks questions; reflect on everyone points of view; searches for motivation and passion behind each team member statement; and assists the parties in finding and analyzing options for convergence and collaboration. Being neutral, the facilitative style does not influence decision neither make recommendations. The facilitator is in charge of the process, while…


My role is to support corporate innovation projects and I work together with several other project managers along the progress of the project. Corporate innovation projects or start-ups need different kind of support during their maturation.

Disruptive ideas likely to fail

In a recent paper of the Harvard Business Review Thomas Ritter introduced 4 types of project managers. This framework opposes the feasibility of reliable business case and the alignment of the opportunity with the company strategy. This great framework helps to reflect on how to work with radical innovators.

Executors — Let’s start with the Executors who are supporting projects when they are at…


Do you remember when the start-up founding team got its first millions euros and a bunch of advisors entered the workplace. This time to focus on value creation is crucial for the success and development of the company. Those time also affect the dynamic of the founding team. New members are joining and contribute to the new story of the company.

Vision gathered from technology and business information

The goal of the company is to grow, bring its solutions to the market and generate profits. The focus is no more on innovation and creativity but execution and all the founding team need to accept it; with sometime…

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