Innovation is the opposite of predictable, it’s messy. It almost never works out as planned and it takes a lot out of people. In most organizations a failed idea means getting fired. Which means people won’t be proactive and contribute ideas because of fear of retaliation. Still, leaders need to encourage and support it. How?
Every organization, of any size, has a culture. Whether it was defined at the start or it wasn’t; it has one. Congratulations if you took the time to define it at the start, because most founders don’t take the time to do it and find themselves defining one when they’ve been in business for many years.
What do all creative cultures have in common? The common answer is that in order to figure out which ideas will work, people move fast to implement those ideas. I’d argue that more important than that is the ability to recover from failure just as fast:…
Creating the conditions for innovation to happen is at the top of the agenda for any leader, but in many organizations, innovation is more of a word used between sentences than an outcome. In other organizations, innovation happens in spite of outdated beliefs and structures because someone choose to not play by the rules. In innovative organizations, on the other hand, innovation is business-as-usual; it is a mindset.
Which begs the question, what does a culture of innovation look like? …
It’s such a common response that many organizations and governments around the world have created their own mechanisms to “drive” entrepreneurship and innovation in their respective ecosystems, but all their efforts don’t matter much because they lack a critical ingredient: culture.
Why? Because many don’t pay attention to culture.