I’ve worked with and studied some particularly innovative organisations – Google, Diageo and Cisco Systems among them – and they all have what I call an ‘ecosystem’ in place, which means innovation is encouraged, enabled, enforced, and therefore inevitable, throughout the organisation.
Who steers this ecosystem? The answer is often the HR department, which helps the business turn employees into innovators. It’s a process that starts with having a clear direction for your innovation efforts. HR may have helped create a compelling purpose or vision for the company from which the board has created a business and operational plan, but is it clear to your people when, where and how you are asking them to innovate? Have you articulated your innovation strategy and shared your four or five current ‘big bets’? If you don’t tell people what innovation looks like, it will be no surprise if they don’t do it.
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