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Want To Hire Innovators? Here’s How You’re Dismissing Them

 Rebels and nonconformists are often the pioneers and designers of change

Most organizations are not setup to hire innovators, rather they filter them out. Why? Because they follow the tried and true solid advice for making good hiring decisions: hire for culture-fit.

To hire for culture-fit is to hire for comfort, the short-term, sameness; to keep optimizing what is rather than creating what’s next. The problem with hiring for culture-fit is that if your culture doesn’t reward risk taking and learning from mistakes then you will filter out innovators.

This is how most organizations work.

Resources and Scale Don’t Guarantee Innovation

creativity loves constraintsI was recently invited to talk at INIDE University to a group of MBA students about how to manage for innovation. As I mentioned on my previous post,  managing for innovation means optimizing the core while exploring the future; these students already hold management positions in their organizations so this topic is important; and new to them.

A Message for Future MBAs: Innovation Comes From Exploration

jorge barba inide innovation management

Jorge Barba at INIDE University talking about Innovation Strategy and Management

Where fear runs rampant, innovation dies.

I was invited to speak to a few groups of undergraduates and MBA students at INIDE university, these are people who work at established and well known companies. They are also people who are moving up in the ranks, or gaining new skills to get that top spot.

So, I was excited to get the chance to share my experience with them about the new world of innovation…

Innovation Killer: Leave Your Innovation Team Alone If You Want Great Ideas

how leaders enable innovationAs a leader, to enable innovation in your teams, you need to create the conditions necessary for innovation to happen. That means setting bold goals, providing support and getting out of the way; but it isn’t easy.

A common innovation challenge inside established organizations is getting out of people’s way to let them put their talent to use and develop ideas that could change the course of the company.

A common strategy that is executed to overcome this challenge is to create a dedicated innovation team, one that doesn’t work on core business challenges; rather it is given time to find the next revolution by letting them play with ideas.

Solving the 10 Most Common Innovation Challenges

Solving the 10 Most Common Innovation Challenges

The importance of innovation is increasing each year. Some companies are establishing their internal and external innovation teams, focusing more on developing a culture of innovation. This is a change. It is not easy. Resistance can occur due to some practical and psychological reasons inside the organization.

Use Or Lose: Nurture Your Talent

nurture your talent or lose it

Call it brilliance, talent or anything you want, it exists and shouldn’t be taker for granted. If you don’t value brilliance, you don’t value innovation. I wrote that post a few weeks ago and it hit a nerve. It sounds harsh, but it’s true. How true?

Here’s an example…