Innovation is about the first step Innovation is the buzzword of the late naughties, but what does it mean? "Innovation is the act of introducing something new" Often we focus on the act of creating, indeed many training and development programmes look to developing creativity in order to create innovative cultures. Is this right? Innovation can mean two very different things, I suspect that often we confuse the two. many organizations take innovation to be something to do with product … [Read more...] about Innovation, the first step – dare, change, take a risk
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?
Public sector sexism and the lost generation It's unusual for me to write about political issues, but last week I heard what in my mind is one of the worst cases of potential sexism in an institutional organisation for many years. I'm sure you have other examples, but here is mine. Is there Public sector sexism? Is it institutional? 2 years of her life wasted? "B" is 18, She has just completed a 2 year college course in animal management (diploma level 3 extended). She attained good … [Read more...] about Public sector sexism and the lost generation
In tough times we need to make tough decisions How to cut 25% budget without spiting your face. With public sector organisations all over the UK (and others) facing mandatory cuts of 25% budget cuts across the board, many are going to make mistakes they will live to regret. Whether we like it or not the target has been set. The goal for leaders now is to make appropriate cuts. A couple of weeks ago I ran a leadership and change management programme for a group of senior leaders in … [Read more...] about Hidden Dangers of 25% budget cuts