Earlier today, I announced that I will be retiring from HP. This is not the traditional retirement. I’m not planning on spending my days playing golf or sitting around the house driving my wife crazy. I have far too much passion, energy and ideas to sit on the sidelines. My definition of retirement is the […]
When I saw this cartoon over the weekend, I couldn’t help but reflect on my past experience watching people with poor leadership skills try to manage the innovation process. A telltale sign that someone doesn’t get the innovation process is they try to over manage it. They apply the same structure as they do to supply […]
Great leaders understand that one of their key responsibilities is to set the goals for innovation. Most leaders don’t take this effort seriously and as a result their organizations suffer. They violate the Law of BHAG in the 7 Immutable Laws of Innovation. A key component of setting the innovation goal is to create […]
In a recent survey of senior executives, 91% say that innovation is very important or highly important to the success of the organization. At the same time, only 37% of those same executives say they have confidence in their process/methodology for innovation. In the 7 Immutable Laws of Innovation, the law of process says: […]
I’m amazed at how many executives will put off investing time and energy in innovation until they are faced with a crisis. Then they run around lamenting the fact that the innovation funnel is empty. Why are they surprised? They clearly understand that you need to invest in sales resources (people, time, advertising, PR, etc) to […]
In the 7 Immutable Laws of Innovation, the Law of Resources states: Innovation requires a committed level of resources (people, money, time, equipment) over an extended period of time. The level of resourcing is the validation for the importance and commitment the organization devotes to innovation. Does the executive team commit the best resources […]
One of the challenges for creating a culture of innovation within an organization is the ability to get along with others. Innovation is about constant change which is uncomfortable and stressful. The result is that some individuals/groups will not respond and actually become quite negative (corporate anti-bodies) to the innovation effort. What are you to do? How do you build a bridge to these individuals/groups? How do you get along with people who react so negativly to your ideas?
Many believe that the CIO’s role is to keep the IT “lights” on. Given the I’m a former CIO, I understand and appreciate the challenges of the CIO job. Below is the link to a video of some of my thoughts on how IT and the CIO can play a key role in driving the innovation agenda within their organization.