Ways to develop a Culture of Innovation Many organisations strive for a competitive edge, an advantage over their competitors to help ensure their sustainability. Innovation is one such way, but for too long many organisations have concentrated on developing product and ignored the possibilities of innovation as a culture. Having an innovative friendly culture can harness the innovative and creative capacities of the entire workforce (and your customers and suppliers) to your advantage. But it … [Read more...] about 33 Ways to develop an Innovative Culture in your org.
Building an innovative business culture - a fresh perspective Introduction What is innovation? Ask people to define innovation and you're likely to get a diverse range of responses, new ideas, creativity, pushing the envelope, breaking new ground, developing new markets, the fruits of research and many more. The theme for many is newness, something fresh and of course that is part of the equation but it misses an essential component - risk-taking. Even a casual study of great innovators quickly … [Read more...] about Innovative Business Culture – a fresh perspective
Innovation means so many things to so many people, so first we need to have a common understanding of what innovation is. Dr Richard Byrd from the University of Minnesota in the 1960s and 70s undertook some interesting work (see A Personal Guide to Risk Taking Richard E Byrd, AMACOM 1974), which has been further developed by Dr Jacqueline Byrd from a tool that looks at the innovation capacity of individuals to that of teams and organisations (see The Innovation Equation - Byrd & Brown, … [Read more...] about Innovation Index – measuring the unmeasurable or re-inventing the wheel?
Innovation Drivers Innovation is that buzz phrase that many, many firms aspire to. The look at processes, and hiring innovative and bright people. But are we missing the point? Learning from history - the drivers of innovation Almost every point in history, when there have been problems that needed solving, especially when resources were sparse we have seen wonderful innovation. Whilst we may not like the context, the second world war gives some brilliant examples - Wallis's bouncing bomb, … [Read more...] about Innovation Drivers for change
What Is Your Creativity And Risk-Taking Orientation? Measuring the creative sense and risk-taking orientation of individuals in organisations helps to explain why one organisation (or team) stagnates and dies, another takes excessive risks and lands in bankruptcy, and yet others are moderately to extremely successful. Understanding the eight orientations of innovation can help improve performance and change. As the Creatrix model suggests, your creativity and risk-taking orientation can be … [Read more...] about Eight Orientations of #Innovation
Creating an organisational wide innovation culture Ever heard people say... “What we need in this organisation is innovation”, “Creativity will give us the edge”. Leaders often utter these words with little realisation of the difficulties of bringing about a fundamental shift in the behaviour necessary to create an innovation culture across the enterprise. “We can empower people to bring new ideas, we’ll run some workshops on creativity” if only it were that simple. But alas this … [Read more...] about Creating an organisational wide innovation culture
Innovation Index - is it relevant to 99% of businesses? Innovation, we all are being asked to deliver it, but can we agree on what it is? Does it even matter? Politically, many countries and global firms are involved in some form of Global Innovation Index, but does this really tell us what is happening, or who the innovative organisations really are? Produced as a joint venture by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and The Manufacturing … [Read more...] about Innovation Index – Practical & Real?
Creativity and Innovation Models There are many approached to creativity and innovation, however many users look at the technique and not the process or barriers. In our brief article on the 4-As (Aim Assess Activate & Apply) we looked at how this process could be easily used to help develop the innovative capacity of an organization. Here we look at the model in more depth, and with a practical approach showing how each step can be applied within an organization. The Creatrix … [Read more...] about Creativity and Innovation Models – applying in practice
4A Model for Innovation- Aim, Assess, Activate, Apply #Innovation and the Creatrix Model The Creatrix Model for developing innovation follows a simple four-step methodology: Aim, Assess, Activate, and Apply. This model is the foundation for unleashing innovative capacity for change within individuals, teams, and organisations. Aim: If I say to you, "I want you/your team/your organisation to be more innovative," what does that mean? The word innovation by itself has little value … [Read more...] about Innovation Aim-Assess-Activate-Apply model
On Wednesday 6 June 2008 at the IoD in London another group undertook training in use of the Innovation Equation developed by Byrd. The Innovation Equation: INNOVATION = CREATIVITY x RISK TAKING is a behavioural based approach. Under the two main components (Creativity and Risk Taking) are seven behavioural drivers. Using these drivers organisational development specialists can identify current and desired culture and map a change plan to enable the organisation to achieve its goals. The … [Read more...] about New-consultants-using-the-creatrix-as-a-leadership-development-tool
The Creatrix Innovation Inventory - developing innovative capacity in individuals, teams and organisations What do you want to do? The Creatrix model is an excellent, low risk approach to developing innovative capacity within organisations. We have a number of ways of helping you: Train your developers, trainers & managers to use the Creatrix in-house Certificate you to use the Creatrix with your clients Facilitate innovation workshops with your people Read a summary about … [Read more...] about Creatrix Innovation Inventory