How to make innovation real in your organization

Innovation is essential to survival and growth
  • We are sailing through troubled times, competition heats up. And management needs to tell where to go. But is there a clue?
  • Changes are occurring all around. And faster and faster. Adaptability is a mandatory skill.
  • If you do not adapt and thrive, you'll soon be like the dinosaurs: extinct.
  • Innovation, the ability to continuously raise the bar, and pass over it is the key to survival and growth.
Innovation is a process
  • Letting go of perfection is key. Perfection is freezing one down. Are you?
  • Believing in innovation must also be there. Paying lip service isn't going to cut it.
  • Make innovation into a habit since accretion of little innovative things over time goes a long way in making it work. Waiting for the big idea to strike may leave you in the dust before long.
  • Make it sustainable, and not a one shot thing.  Otherwise, it will not stick. And you'll not grok what it is.
Taking innovation seriously is a competitive weapon
  • It keeps you fit.
  • It keeps the crap in check.
  • It keeps people interested and recognized.
  • It makes a great PR engine.
  • It keeps you up to date and in the race.
You need a listening organization to make it happen
  • You need to reduce the power distance.
  • You need to have an experimentation-friendly culture. Failure must be allowed. Otherwise, you'll ossify.
  • You need to be able to iterate rapidly: experiment/fail/move on, and every once in a while: bang! Innovation that works. Nobody's gonna be right the first time, every time. Forget about that.
Take action today
  • What can you do to improve a process right now?
  • What can you do to improve your customer relationship right away?
  • What should you learn to get to the next level?
  • What must be abandoned to recover your ability to innovate?
  • What about turning the knob of innovation 3 or 4 notches further?
 
Until next time, let's get innovation in motion!