Innovation initiatives are easy to start. Teams are formed and enthusiastically begin their hunt for new ideas that help the company better serve their customers and develop new platforms for future growth. Why is it then that so many executives still claim that results are not what they expect and after a few years many shut down or de-prioritize their innovation initiatives?
Building sustainable innovation capability is a combination of developing individual skills and organizational capacity, e.g. policies, procedures, infrastructure, resources etc. This development process involves various stages from initial engagement to implementation and embedment.
Defining the future state
Every organization is different and needs to define what the right innovation capability is for them. We help clients make informed choices about the future state of the organization that is capable of delivering the results they are aiming for. Working from the future back we take an outside in perspective that results in a more ambitious and inspiring future state.
We conduct a thorough assessment of your current innovation capabilities, e.g. identification of barriers we need to remove, enablers we can leverage and broad organizational input to gather input on present day state of affairs. The result of our innovation diagnostic is a well defined and detailed agenda for innovation that is focused on results, clear on scope, and actionable in terms of building organizational capabilities that are right for you.
Building world class innovation capability
Three important principles guide our approach.
- Embed innovation through practice
- Change the culture by changing the way we work
- Apply systemic solutions to systemic challenges
We believe that the best way to develop innovation skills is to “learn by doing” innovation, work on real business challenges and practice approaches and techniques. Proven approaches and methodologies offer a repeatable process and help us to change the way we work and embed innovation in the organizational fabric.
Our iMentor framework covers an extensive curriculum of innovation topics at various levels of complexity and experience. Whether you are part of an innovation team, manage innovation challenges or are a leader in the organization setting direction and overseeing the entire portfolio of innovation initiatives there are different skills you will need to acquire.
But doing innovation is not enough if we do not surround it with the appropriate organziational capacity. We design and help you implement appropriate innovation system elements that help embed innovation longer term and allow organizations to monitor and manage their innovation performance and achieve the results they are striving for.
How Whirlpool build a world class innovation capability.
Korea Telecom transformed their corporate culture.
Shell’s GameChanger is still going strong
Contact us to find out how we can help you build world class innovation capabilities.