Sunday, September 05, 2010

Innovation is unnatural

picked up from Govinandram & Trimble

1. Innovation is unnatural - by definition uncertain. Heads of operations always prefer the known over the unknowns (enterprises build for efficiency, predictability and repeatability).

2. Innovator reaction: "Let us break all rules" Skunk works established.

3. Result: Establishment encouraged to starve them out.

4. Recommendation: set up dedicated innovation machines - free to recruit from the outside - but must be integrated with the rest of the company with tightly managed customized rules.

5. Focus - not too many initiatives - a few big problems better

My take: Agree with much - to get the "WHY not" asked you need to keep going for quite a while - and that is not possible by "Focusing on everything".

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