Every person and organization says they want to change, to innovate, to grow. In a fast-paced business environment, standing still might as well be moving backward. But what happens when every idea, every innovation, is met with apathy, defensiveness, or outright hostility from the corporate antibodies? Low morale is quite often built on the remains of […]
Innovation, to the extent that it includes change in the status quo, is commonly perceived as a threat. People and organizations resist change and can call on their corporate antibodies to both slow and block innovation. All that is further compounded by turf considerations that tend to align supporters and detractors on either side of the issue, depending […]
The innovation antibodies are alive and well in every organization that I’ve ever been involved with. Some people just can’t help themselves. They feel like they have the right and obligation to educate the person as to why their ideas won’t work. By allowing these people to operate unchecked, leaders signal to the organization that new […]
This morning I gave a keynote at the Argyle Executive Forum event in NYC. The title of the talk was “Ignore The Obvious” covering a wide range of areas to help the audience better understand and use innovation as a competitive advantage: Doing the obvious is what everyone expects Doing the obvious is average […]
I recently gave a talk at the Corporate Venturing & Innovation Partnering Conference. The format was a “fireside chat” where I was asked to comment on the challenges of innovating inside a large organization, how to create an innovation culture and what tools and tricks have I uncovered over my career.
When it comes to being part of a team that is tasked with creating killer innovations, there will be people coming out of the woodwork to criticize what you are doing. Your attitude can and will determine your innovation success. When I look back on innovation programs that I’ve been involved with, those that had […]