Over the next seven days we will document seven important “domains” that determine innovation success or failure. Each domain creates innovation potential, but sustained, successful innovation requires a unified “framework” in which all of these domains are appropriately engaged and aligned. The development of this framework, which we call the Executive Innovation Work Mat, is the responsibility of the CEO or senior executive. They can deliver alignment by engaging and providing this leadership required in innovation.
Through our innovation work it became evident that some firms enjoyed an unusual innovation advantage. Their innovation initiatives seemed to encounter fewer barriers or obstacles, the teams enjoyed greater clarity and a supportive culture, and the internal rationale and language for innovation is more prevalent and consistent. It’s evident that as companies establish clearer innovation “frameworks” that are made up of different innovation components (factors like team structure, culture and innovation measures) and cultural best practices (common language, consistent innovation focus, innovation governance) their performance improves.
[Excerpt from Part 1 of a 7-part series of posts introducing the Executive Innovation Work Mat, and its components. Click on the link to read the rest of this post, and to view the infographics.]
[You can find the links to this post and the other 6 parts of the series at: http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/author/hobcraft-phillips/ .]
By Paul Hobcraft and Jeffrey Phillips
Paul Hobcraft and Jeffrey Phillips are two of the contributing authors to the Amazon best-selling business book, A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowd Sourcing: Advice from Leading Experts, editedby Paul Sloane, with a foreword by Henry Chesbrough (Kogan Page, 2011). Cathryn Hrudicka, Founder, CEO and Chief Imagination Officer of Creative Sage™, is also one of the contributing authors. You can order it here: http://amzn.to/OI_CS
Cathryn Hrudicka co-wrote the chapter, “Building the Culture for Open Innovation and Crowd Sourcing,” with Gwen Ishmael and Boris Pluskowski — more information about all of the co-authors and the contents of this book is available at: http://bit.ly/OI_CS_Google
At Creative Sage™, we can help you maximize the value of your innovation, open innovation and/or crowdsourcing projects and gain the insights you need to move forward most effectively. We also design customized innovation programs and coach C-Suite leaders to implement them effectively. To discuss your organization’s situation, please feel free to give us a call, at 1-510-845-5510 (Pacific time, in the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley). You can also contact us by email and visit our web site for more information. We look forward to working with you and helping you get real results.