Not every organization is pro-innovation. Just because they say they are doesn’t mean they truly are; mostly it’s B.s..
“I’m not looking for the best.” A Director of a publishing company once said this to me after he commented on how his company was looking for a innovation strategist to help them think through, and execute, a project to create the future of their company.
Business is hard. And there are many widely held beliefs about what leads to success. One of them is “Increase sales, reduce costs”. Do both, and you’re gold. Reducing costs is where the focus goes to when increasing sales becomes a challenge.
Innovation is as much about attitude and perspective as it is about process. So how you view innovation matters. It sounds trivial but it makes a huge difference from both an organizational and strategic point of view.
Facebook is in hot water right now. After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which uncovered that the data of as many as 90 million people was shared without their permission, calls for changes in management have been common as well as a #deleteFacebook campaign that has been supported by well known technologists like Steve Wozniak and the founder of Whatsapp.