Innovation Maturity; Stop Guessing, Start Measuring!

“Creativity without measurement is akin to chaos” [1] Please don’t take our word for it; this is a time when statistics can reveal far more than we perhaps want to admit. So let’s open by examining a few key facts, starting with a look at how innovation creativity, or the lack of it, impacts organisations … Continued

Unleashing Leadership Curiosity

How do you see your leadership role? Are you a numbers person or a detail devil, a blue-sky thinker, an enabler or a controller? Depending on your answer, we may need to have a quick leadership refresh. In the meantime, let’s have a quick chat about the sort of leader you need to be if … Continued

Aiming for a Future-Fit Strategy

“Not all innovations are created equal.” That comment from Jacquelyn Pless headlined an article outlining the MIT Sloan approach to innovation strategy. [1] As it describes three foundations for delivering an effective strategy, the report makes it clear that innovation is a process that requires management and measurement to be successful. The idea of successful … Continued

Why we need to AIM for innovation-led solutions

In times of great challenge human ingenuity comes to the fore. As an example, we traditionally seen wars as accelerators of technology. But they also act as incubators of real innovation, with nations as a whole looking to do more from less or find new ways of coping. COVID-19 is a new kind of enemy, … Continued

The Yin & Yang of Innovation Culture

How would you describe your current organisational culture? Are you one of the 75% of leaders who claimed in a 2018 survey [1] that their culture was already one of innovation, experimentation and risk-taking? And if so, what did you mean by that? It’s a fair bet that if you talked about experimentation and risk-taking, … Continued

Turning real understanding into innovation outcomes

In my earlier article’ Understanding Why’ I talked about why having goals and aspirations is not enough unless underpinned by understanding. This article takes the process to the next stage, exploring why we need to be more intelligent and then why more collaborative and then why more adaptable to become an exponential organisation. Let’s start … Continued

To drive innovation, you first need to understand why

“Which way you ought to go depends on where you want to get to…” That advice from the Cheshire Cat to Alice in Wonderland might almost have been a blueprint for business development: first, define your end goal and then work out what you need to do to achieve it. I say almost because one … Continued

Leading with an Innovation Mindset

If I were to ask you to pick a leader, either current or from history that you most admire, whom would you choose? If I then went on to ask you why that leader most resonated with you, what would you say? Not wanting to second guess your answers, but I wouldn’t be surprised if … Continued

Averse to or accommodating risk

With 1 being don’t do anything until it is checked, checked again, discussed in multiple committees and then left in a drawer for a year, and 10 being don’t worry about scoping let’s do it; where do you sit on the risk scale? More importantly, what does your answer say about how you lead and … Continued

Delivering innovative outcomes means becoming a dynamic organisation

So, you think you’ve got a dynamic organisation which is actively delivering change? Congratulations, that means you sit firmly with the other 84.9% of executives who recognise that innovation is very important in delivering strong outcomes [1] and you’re certainly not one of the 72% of executives who admit that they are not out innovating … Continued

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