HR Innovation is Best Achieved Internally

LDRLB

The book is available for free at www.HowManyTheBook.com Naga Siddharth heads HR for the Cloudnine group of hospitals in India and is a Human Technology Innovator according to him.]. And then it occurred to me as to what could be the fatal flaw to aspired HR innovation.

Do Hierarchies Stifle Innovation?

LDRLB

For all their efficiencies, hierarchies turn out to be remarkably inefficient when organizations are trying to leverage creative ideas and increase their innovation. Supervisors often reject innovative ideas because the individuals who developed theses ideas understand the novelty and applicability of them better than supervisors. Rite-Solutions developed a system where anyone in the company can propose their idea by listing it as a stock and soliciting investment.

Leaders Get The Innovation They Deserve

LDRLB

[Editor's Note: This piece is adapted from Max's book The Truth About Innovation.]. He led by example by proposing off-the-wall ideas, and encouraging his team to give him the ideas that might embarrass them, to give ideas that went too far. It provided an audience for innovation.

Should You Back That Innovation Proposal?

Harvard Business Review

Imagine you were choosing between two investment proposals. Yet, we decided to invest our own money into the first proposal, and advised a senior executive team to not invest their money in the second. While that may seem counterintuitive, our experience in the trenches of innovation teaches us to look beyond a plan’s superficial elements to assess the team and how they created the plan. Innovation Strategy

Choose Change!

Lead Change Blog

In this post I focus on one point: selecting the right change ambassadors using Rogers’ innovation theory. Rogers categorizes coworkers into five groups, according to how they deal with accepting new ideas: The innovators are always in for a new idea and are quick to adopt; often also quick to drop an idea in favor of a new, more attractive looking idea. The early adopters first take a critical look at the proposal before deciding whether it’s a good idea or not.

Don’t Make Your Innovation Proposal into a Hitchcock Movie

Harvard Business Review

Innovation Managing up One of my favorite movies is Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece Psycho , an elegant story with gripping suspense and one of the best twist endings you still will ever see. It’s also one of the absolute worst inspirations for presenting ideas inside companies. This thought crossed my mind (once again) as I listened to a pitch from a young entrepreneur.

Different Ways to Promote Creativity in the Workplace

Strategy Driven

Always be open to their suggestions and encourage them to propose new ideas. Whether an employee has a suggestion about a project she’s working on or a proposal regarding the new Miratech software, you never know what kinds of ideas you’ll encounter when you emphasize diversity.

Take Charge of Your Company’s Future

Leading Blog

In the example, Natalie reframed the proposal in a way that the caretaker archetype could appreciate. Whereas many people cannot stand the fuzziness of uncertainty, leaders of innovation and transformation frequently demonstrate negative capabilities. Creativity & Innovation

The Perfect Brand Slogan | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

Most folks in the branding game will judge a proposed slogan or tag line by a defined set of objectives. Jack Welch’s replacement wanted ‘Innovation at Work’ — not bad for culture and corporate morale, but in my view, short on consumer relativity. In the CEO Afterlife.

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Clinton’s Proposals on Stock Buybacks Don’t Go Far Enough

Harvard Business Review

For example, one of her key proposals is for shares to be held well beyond the current minimum period of one year before the profits from their sale are taxed as a capital gain. Yet Icahn has never invested in Apple’s value-creating capabilities that increase innovation and productivity.

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The Most Valuable Question?

Kevin Eikenberry

In it he proposes that “what’s important to you&# is the most powerful question of all (read it, it is less than 300 words – and the comments are awesome too).

What To Do When Collaboration Breaks Down on Your Team

Survive Your Promotion

You propose a ridiculous idea as a joke and at least 1 person says “great idea” Your results don’t change even though everyone is “working hard” What do you do to break out of the cycle?

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How Boards Can Innovate

Harvard Business Review

Governing boards might seem like the last place for innovation. But new strategies and structures are squarely in the board’s domain, and we have seen any number of governing boards innovating with, not just monitoring, management. When Innovation Is Strategy.

How the U.S. Can Rebuild Its Capacity to Innovate

Harvard Business Review

From automotive to semiconductors to pharma to clean energy , America’s innovation centers have shifted east, offering growing evidence that the U.S. Local and regional governments also use procurement to drive innovation. Jetta Productions/Getty Images. Many U.S.

What To Do When Collaboration Breaks Down on Your Team

Survive Your Promotion

You propose a ridiculous idea as a joke and at least 1 person says “great idea” Your results don’t change even though everyone is “working hard” What do you do to break out of the cycle?

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What Your Innovation Process Should Look Like

Harvard Business Review

Companies and government agencies often make the mistake of viewing innovation as a set of unconstrained activities with no discipline. In reality, for innovation to contribute to a company or government agency, it needs to be designed as a process from start to deployment. When organizations lack a formal innovation pipeline process, project approvals tend to be based on who has the best demo or slides, or who lobbies the hardest. Innovation Experimentation Digital Article

Are you stuck in a sheep cyclone?

Survive Your Promotion

You propose a ridiculous idea as a joke and at least 1 person says “great idea” Your results don’t change even though everyone is “working hard” What do you do to break out of the cycle?

Putting Humans at the Center of Health Care Innovation

Harvard Business Review

The healthcare industry has long relied on traditional, linear models of innovation – basic and applied research followed by development and commercialization. While this “lab-bench to bedside” approach has improved healthcare globally, it can take years, even decades, for an innovation to get to market, often with limited input from patients themselves. This model isn’t just about getting greater patient feedback during the innovation process.

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10 Principles For Developing Strategic Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

Systems and Structures The first three principles of strategic leadership involve nontraditional but highly effective approaches to decision making, transparency, and innovation. Instead, create a variety of channels for innovative thinking.

Combating Four Innovation Lies

Harvard Business Review

Innovators have to deal with particularly insidious lies — things that people say that they believe are true, but actually aren't. Innovators working on new ideas often show early versions to customers to assess "purchase intent." While entrepreneurs have to scratch and claw to get resources, corporate innovators have access to all kinds of resources. Leaders often forget this lesson when they focus on innovation.

Nine Rules for Stifling Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Innovation has become the holy grail. Finding innovation is almost a sacred quest for the solution that will create growth, and open new eras of prosperity and well-being. They say they want more innovation. Creativity Innovation Managing people

How Introverts Can Become Better Innovators

Harvard Business Review

Whether you are trying to create a new product, solve problems more effectively, become the most successful company in your industry, or find creative ways to meet your customers' needs, innovation is likely one of your most critical objectives at work. Creativity Innovation Managing yoursel

Companies Are Now Making Innovation Everyone’s Job

Harvard Business Review

In the past few weeks, three corporate innovation clients have moved to — or had their roles expanded to include — their company’s training function. As one remarked, perhaps ruefully, “Now I’ve got to get the people who actually do the work to innovate.”

Summer of Innovation

Harvard Business Review

One group wanted me to detail the essential habits of disruptive innovators (where I happily leveraged the great work on the innovator's DNA by Jeffrey Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton Christensen). I've written a few times about how the increasing accessibility and affordability of innovation could paradoxically give increased advantage to scale. Third, I had the privilege of serving as a reviewer for a handful of innovation contests and grant proposals.

The Four Worst Innovation Assassins

Harvard Business Review

Is there a corporate leader who doesn't extol the virtues of innovation these days? Yet if innovation is so important, why do so many companies have so much trouble with it? Academic research in fact shows that almost anyone can become a competent innovator (with sufficient practice).

How Criticism Creates Innovative Teams

Harvard Business Review

Sloan continued, "Then, I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until our next meeting to give ourselves time to develop disagreement and perhaps gain some understanding of what this decision is about.". Communication Innovation Leading teams

A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste

LDRLB

[Editor's Note: This post is adapted from Max's book The Truth About Innovation.]. Such turning points force a choice between inertia and innovation. Waiting for a real crisis to drive innovation may not allow enough time or resources for new ideas to save the company.

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How Leaders Promote Collaborative Environment

Tanveer Naseer

Leave intentional spaces for others to contribute When it comes to the proposal of any new initiative, it’s natural for leaders to want to define all the steps involved and how the organization would go about attaining it.

Where Open Innovation Stumbles

Harvard Business Review

When I urge managers in a company to make open innovation part of their innovation strategy, they get it conceptually. A vice president of the group had been to a presentation on Open Innovation and was intrigued by the concept. Moreover, when we talk to companies about how they should connect with innovators outside their business, we encourage them to solicit ideas both from unrelated AND adjacent industries. Change management Execution Innovation

Why Your Innovation Team Needs a Lawyer

Harvard Business Review

This is where the opportunity lies — in collaboration that includes the final approvers, embedding legal teams in the design and innovation process. Ironically, not including lawyers in the collaborative process perpetuates the idea that they smother innovation.

Hospital Budget Systems Are Holding Back Innovation

Harvard Business Review

The audience for such innovation wants to be receptive: A recent American Hospital Association (AHA) survey found that 75% of senior hospital executives endorsed the importance of digital innovation. Yet, despite their stated enthusiasm, hospitals have been notoriously slow to adopt digital innovations. A hospital organized into these different unconnected units finds it difficult to adopt innovations that reduce costs across a patient’s complete cycle of care.

How to Navigate the Politics of an Innovation Project

Harvard Business Review

Specifically, she proposed a system that tracked the real-time inventory needs and usage of business units worldwide, located unused inventory in each unit, and arranged delivery of that inventory to where it was needed. The innovation would boost efficiency by taking the excess inventory of one business unit and shipping it to units that had deficits, thereby reducing inventory-carrying costs companywide. The Politics of Innovation. The same goes for innovation.

The Next Wave of Hospital Innovation to Make Patients Safer

Harvard Business Review

Waves of Innovation in Surgical Quality and Safety. Ongoing innovation is of tantamount importance to improving these patient outcomes, and over the past several decades, we have observed three distinct waves of surgical improvement: Technical advancements. In 1999 the U.S.

The Power of Proposition Innovation

Harvard Business Review

An old-fashioned process, proposition innovation starts with companies — not consumers — and entails developing products and services that aren't based on consumer feedback or profiles. In most of these fashion houses, a single designer (sometimes, a small team) is the only source of innovation. Still, the innovations stem from deep within the company. When was the last time your company experimented with proposition innovation?

To Innovate, Think Like a 19th-Century Barn Raiser

Harvard Business Review

Too often, proposals that look great in PowerPoint turn out to be unappealing, unhelpful, or unworkable to the people whom the success of an idea ultimately depends. Innovation Entrepreneurship Digital Article

Make Your Innovative Idea Seem Less Terrifying

Harvard Business Review

Four years ago, Craig Hatkoff, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, approached me about a brainstorm: an event recognizing and celebrating breakthrough innovators. Rarely have I had that kind of immediate trust and social currency when proposing something new. Innovation

5 Questions to Ask When Facing Rejection as a Leader

Ron Edmondson

Your proposal. The idea you are proposing is not good – or it has some flaws. How can I communicate the importance of whatever I’m proposing, without devaluing them or their opinions? Change Church Fear Innovation Leadership

Taking a Step Back Doesn’t Always Move You Forward

In the CEO Afterlife

We, on the other hand considered ourselves polished professionals taking great pride in doing things right – conducting research, analyzing options, composing eloquent brand plans and business proposals. They value innovation and creativity, and are eager to lead strategic change.

Leadership & The Expectation Gap

N2Growth Blog

Where possible resist formalizing agreements, proposals, or other commitments until you have alignment on key expectations and deliverables. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. When it comes to leadership, I can share the issue of expectations is no small matter.

The Innovator Who Knew Too Much

Harvard Business Review

It is a profound irony that the more you know about a particular industry, and the more experience you gain in it, the more difficult it can be to move it forward with truly meaningful innovation. This is part of why open innovation is so powerful.

Innovators, Meet Your Old Friend: Government Regulation

Harvard Business Review

Efficiency standards drive innovation and save lots of money. Instead, companies like Philips — while innovating around the new CFL and LED technologies — took the 100+ year-old bulb and made it 30% more efficient and last three times longer. Companies can and will innovate.

The Persistence of the Innovator's Dilemma

Harvard Business Review

He and his co-author proposed a new causal mechanism that explained the surprising failure of highly-regarded companies. The most punishing innovations, they argued, were the ones that were easy to dismiss at first blush — simple, affordable solutions that took root outside the mainstream market. Academic journals have dissected the disruptive innovation theory and hundreds of thousands of students around the world have seen Christensen's famous model.

15 Hours: A Common Sense Action Blueprint for Congress

Mills Scofield

We spent two hours discussing the first of 12 potential policy areas – Social Security reform proposals. Starr Social Innovation Fellow for his work on Common Sense Action. Starr Social Innovation Fellow for Common Sense Action.

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