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!

Innovation requires stubborness

I was thinking about innovation, and read a bunch of content on that.

Innovation made overcomplicated

I seems endemic that people overcomplicate innovation with process charts, complex things, and overall mess. This ultimately ends up in clouding the issue, making it "special." This blocks innovation from happening. This isn't what I want innovation to be for the rational self interest of my clients. YASFRUM. Yet Another System For Racking Up Money. That's what they all appear to be to me when running them on the delivery side. Who on Earth will have  the time to go through that given today's hectic pace?

Innovation is a critical "Thinking Skill."

And most people brains aren't all that analytic, nor process centered. Think about the difference between "process practicioner" and "process engineer." The practicioner doesn't give a damn about all of the charts. He wants to get results. As far as I can tell, being innovative requires to be largely stubborn in some ways. It requires one to be boneheaded when submitted to the ideas and comments of naysayers, critics, normalizing pressure and other people forecasting doom to the innovative ideas being IMPLEMENTED. Yes, implemented. Implementation is where the meat lies. Getting an idea. Well, yeah, worth .0001 €,$,£. Who cares about that idea? What is of value lies in implementing the idea. And learn through the process. Get real. See how it works with real people, refine, refine, refine again, so that at the end it brings something of tangible value to the table. I guess this is good enough an implementation right now to get some other ideas gravitating around this one.