My name is Paul Hobcraft.
I simply enjoy innovation. I got ‘hooked’ fifteen years ago and since then have increasingly focused on innovation until it is 100% of my business thinking and activities today.
I research across innovation, looking to develop novel innovation solutions and frameworks where appropriate. I provide possible answers to many issues associated with innovation with a range of solutions that underpin my advisory, coaching and consulting work at www.agilityinnovation.com .
The aim is to support individuals, teams and organisations, in their innovation activity, applying what I have learnt to further develop core innovation understanding, so clients can achieve positive and sustaining results from their innovating activities.
For me, innovation needs to enter the DNA of our organisations and our own individual make-up. In my writing, I try to offer a range of thoughts on different aspects of innovation to help each of us to understand this subject better.
Innovation as a source for our growth fascinates me.
I hope I can share some of this passion with you here on this site as I search for the DNA make-up of innovation.
I’ve written previously on my own personal finding our true purpose and summed this up with:
“yes, I’m aiming for transformational in results, from my own learning and understanding, so as to relate these into clients challenges and problems, yet I’m often reminded this evolving practice of innovation is equally applying more and more to my own emerging innovation design.”
What I do is to deliberately set out to help grow and extend the body of knowledge on innovation. Having this 100% focus I do believe does provide the necessary additional intensity of focus needed for innovation success that someone who specialises in it can only provide.
Recently I set up a dedicated site for exploring the components of our ‘fitness’ make-up for innovation, outlining my working towards an approach that can model what is those aspects that are needing to be more dynamic, ones that significantly improve innovation performance and impact. This dedicated site can be found at www.innovationfitnessdynamics.com
As for my personal journey
How I got to this point I can only say it has been varied, challenging but full of fun and learning. This has taken me to live and work in Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Malaysia, Switzerland, the Netherlands, USA, Hong Kong, Australia, and recently twelve years in Singapore. Today, I live in Switzerland, my adopted home.
I’ve worked in a number of senior positions within global corporations, in global, regional, country and functional levels tackling different challenges that have included start-ups. turn-rounds and significant re-engineering and operational design or automation across a global network.
The work has been varied, the challenges diverse coming from starting up different businesses in emerging markets, turning difficult ones around in challenging economic and market conditions more than once, re-engineering a global organization over a three year period choosing to live permanently out of a suitcase (or two) for months at a time in each of the major global locations as the best way to deliver the changes, and finally simply accelerating companies, getting them through to critical mass points, for achieving their positive contributing footprint, within the world.
In 2000 I went into my own business of consulting and advisory work, firstly based in Asia and then in recent years, based in Switzerland
After I moved to Ticino in Switzerland, from Singapore I am spending different times between the two regions, although Europe holds an increasingly more central role. All the time my focus is on innovation and many of the related topics that move it increasingly towards a core within organisations. Innovation understanding does ‘simply span’ globally and I have been fortunate on building on the foundations initially laid down in Asia and advanced while in Europe through an ever-expanding network of collaborators, knowledge and insights.
My present focus is spent building this innovation practice, providing advice on building the right capabilities and capacities, into organisations or individuals wanting to advance on what they have already in place; to improve, accelerate and develop their innovation competencies and understandings of the ‘fit’ of innovation.
Voted into the top three bloggers
Voted into the top three innovation bloggers for 2011, also again for 2012, then for 2013 I managed to creep up and gain the 2nd spot on a leading Global Innovation Community- Innovation Excellence (IX) and maintained a top 10 position in 2014 (number 9). Recently I sneaked back up to number 5 in the recent results for 2015. So five-year running in the top ten bloggers- wow, no amazing!
Also, I have been consistently voted within the top 50 tweeters on sharing about the subject of innovation in 2012, again in 2013 and in 2014 and recently 2015 by the IX community.
These accolades are highly appreciated and valued– they inspire me to keep innovating in my own way, developing the theory and practice as well as help me in my own work.
I believe that I can certainly contribute given the opportunity and voice.
I believe I can contribute to the wider innovation community we are all part of, to support the innovation activities we all need to undertake. Through my advising, coaching, writing and mentoring on innovation, as well as through my ongoing consulting work, to stimulate others as we all equally gain fresh insights and knowledge from these collaborative exchanges.
Enjoy your reading, do stay in touch please, my regards