To have successful internal innovation capability, an organisation must have engaged employees who care about the company they work within. Here’s a great infographic I spotted the factors needed to ensure strong engagement.
NB: I’d love to give credit to the brilliant person who came up with it, but I don’t know who this is – thank you whoever you are!
“We want top-line growth and to protect our bottom-line, and I need your ideas on how to make that happen!”
Crowdsourcing innovation works best when the crowd knows exactly what issue they’re trying to address. Although the statement above is a fictitious one, it’s not far away from what’s often said — or shouted — in boardrooms across the globe. The problem with this demand is that most people in the crowd have never even been inside the boardroom, and aren’t likely to be going there soon. And that means they don’t understand the phrases, jargon, and other language specific to the executives who practically live there. Continue reading →
Innovation is a team sport. I do not believe that you can innovate on your own. Behind every successful product, service or breakthrough is a team.
Innovation is more than having ideas, innovation is about implementing ideas successfully. To execute successfully on an idea, you need a range of skills that is rarely, if ever, found in any one person. Innovation is everybody’s job and to have successful innovation, everyone needs to be involved.
Everyone has preferences about where they operate best in the innovation journey. No one role is more important than another, but every role is needed to be successful. Who do we need? Continue reading →
People are busy. Organisations are busy. There simply isn’t time for activities that waste time.
Everything that a company focuses on must have a purpose, and innovation initiatives are no different — they have to drive value or they’re nothing but pleasant distractions. And these days, most pleasant distractions are very hard for organisations to justify and support. If it’s dismissed as a “nice-to-have” rather than a necessity, crowdsourcing innovation will always be an uphill battle, and one that never delivers on its promises.
Assumption Kills Innovation
The most successful businesses are those that have made innovation a ”must-have” activity, and that answer a fundamental question: What outcomes must we have? Continue reading →
Innovation brings about change, and often that change is complex. Here’s a useful diagram that outlines what the key pieces are to success, and what happens when one of those pieces is missing. It’s been a great addition to my tool kit – hope it is to yours.