Ralph Ohr revisits the key issues today in innovation management.
People often use tools as a substitute for the underlying skills that you need to be good at something. This is a mistake. To innovate, we have to invest in learning the core innovation skills.
There is randomness and uncertainty in innovation. But this doesn’t mean that it can’t be managed.
Let’s stop performing the gestures we’re taught to perform that make us seem innovative. Instead, let’s act. Innovation, not Innovation Theatre!
To be a successful organisation, we need the skills to both find and execute new ideas. These two skill-sets often seem to be opposites. However, it is much more productive to think of them as a polarity – an interdependent set of skills which are both simultaneously necessary for success.
Marshall McLuhan said: “Any innovation threatens the equilibrium of existing organization. In big industry new ideas are invited to rear their heads so that they can be clobbered at once.” How do we get around this problem?
What should management look like today – and tomorrow? I just got back to Australia from the 6th Global Drucker Forum that took place over the weekend, where these two questions (and others!) were addressed. Drucker was a great thinker, and one of his pieces inspired the title for this blog – so I was […]
The Problem with Solved Problems that Aren’t Solved Phil was certain that his company had their innovation problems solved. After all, they had a dedicated innovation team, they had idea management software, and they had started a big internal PR effort to highlight successful innovations. What could possibly go wrong? Lots, actually. Over the past […]
Mary Meeker’s annual report on internet trends shows how the market for smartphone operating systems has been completely transformed in eight years. This holds some important innovation lessons.
Successful innovation requires not just finding great new ideas, but taking advantage of them too. This means that we have to strike a balance between executing older ideas and searching for new ones.
If we want to be more innovative, learning how to ask better questions is a key skill to develop.
Things don’t always go the way we plan – and if we’re innovating, we shouldn’t expect them to. Here are some ideas for coping with this.