David Allen interviewed Dean Hering, VP of NetCentrics at GTD Connect.

The primary topic of conversation was fostering innovation within an organisation and the different maturity levels that exist (from idea box in the canteen through to efficiently managing it through to real solutions).

Innovation was defined not as taking ideas, but as:

  1. Creativity is the process by which ideas are generated (the level at which most companies operate)

  2. Innovation is having delivered the solution that came from the idea(s).

Although in person discussion remains the best way, there are numerous companies offering online solutions for the ‘next best thing’, each at different levels of completeness of vision:


Dell IdeaStorm - utilises SalesForce Ideas

Ovo Innovation



Bright Idea

Brain Bank

Inkling Markets