Executives want innovation. They constantly ask themselves “how can we be more innovative?’. But, that’s the wrong way to look at it. Rather, they should ask themselves “what kills innovation?”.
There is a frenzy of discussion on the Front End Innovation LinkedIn group around the following question: can employees learn to be innovative? I think this a question many executives are asking themselves, and undoubtedly are looking for a silver bullet answer. My answer? First, let’s get a few things out of the way…
For things to change somebody somewhere has to act differently… There’s a great thread going on in the Beyond Innovation LinkedIn group about exciting examples of driving a culture of innovation. In my experience, it was one singular person driving it and enlisting people. Always. Most of the people who commented on the thread have [...]
How do leaders go about creating an environment for innovation and innovative thinking? In five ways:
Innovation comes from diversity. From people colliding at the intersection of domains, ideas and experiences. In other words, we need to create a Renaissance! MIT Media Lab guru Joi Ito says we need to be all four of these people to make innovation happen. Or, if you are not a Renaissance Man, an innovation team [...]
So, you’re the CEO of a company and you are not known to be innovative. What do you do? No fear, for you are not alone. For all the talk about the need for innovation, the truth is most CEO’s are not innovative. They are much more focused on maintaining the current narrative than on [...]