Why is it that most organizations fail at innovation leadership?

In most organizations these days, decision making is held in the hands of the few.  This is especially true when it comes to innovation. Rather than taking advantage of the passion, insight and expertise of the entire organization, the executives make the call on what ideas to consider, what ideas to fund, what projects to kill and every decision in between.  They create a culture of robots rather than a culture of innovation.

What kind of innovation leadership does you organization have?

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2 thoughts on “Why is it that most organizations fail at innovation leadership?

  1. I think you are spot-on here. This is especially challenging when many of tomorrow’s innovations can barely be comprehended by people who are looking at the next three quarters. Future innovations, unless planned and invested in today, will never happen, and many of the times, they look too George Jetson-esque. And they are rejected.

    I have found one of the best ways to open people up to the possibilities is to go back a mere 5 years and cite where the hot companies, trends, technologies of today were 5 years ago. 5 years ago, there was no Twitter, iPhone, TouchPad, App Store, Kinect, etc. There were previous attempts and pre-cursors, but not ingrained into the social fabric.

    That’s only the first step and everything else after that is very difficult……