The Innovation Killers
(Or: Do You Have An Organizational Sclerosis That Clogs Up Your Ability To Deal With The Future?)
“Do you set yourself up with a regular stream of excuses that hold you back from making progress in the area of acceleration? Do the innovation killers surround you?”
“When someone suggests a great idea, do others respond ‘that’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard’?”
“Many organizations have a built up organizational sclerosis that clogs up their ability to cope with the future. Do you?”
“Are you in an organization where the phrase, ‘you can’t do that because we’ve always done it this way’ is used for every new idea?
WHAT ARE THE
Many organizations have failure embedded into their DNA.
They build up a culture of aggressive indecision, which guarantees a slow culture that provides them a boat-anchor in the era of acceleration.
Jim Carroll identifies, on stage, both the cultural killers and the practical strategies that must be pursued to break through!
10 SIGNS YOU’VE GOT AN
Read this list. Is this your organization?
- People laugh at new ideas
- Someone who identifies a problem is shunned
- Innovation is the privileged practice of a special group
- The phrase, “you can’t do that because we’ve always done it this way” is used for every new idea
- No one can remember the last time anyone did anything really cool
- People think innovation is about R&D
- People have convinced themselves that competing on price is normal
- The organization is focused more on process than success
- There are lots of baby boomers about, and few people younger than 25
- After any type of surprise — product, market, industry or organizational change — everyone sits back and asks, “wow, where did that come from?”
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THE LIST OF INNOVATION KILLERS
Are you dying from organizational sclerosis? Find out! Print the list below, and take it into your next meeting. Score one point each time a phrase is used, plus bonus points as indicated. Score more than 5, and you’ve got an organization that is innovation-adverse. Score 10 or more, and you are innovation dead. 15 or more, and you might as well close up shop – or immediately book Jim for guidance!
- “We’ve always done it this way” (3 bonus points)
- “It won’t work”
- “That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard”
- “That’s not my problem”
- “You can’t do that”
- “It’s against tradition”
- “It’s too risky” (3 bonus points)
- “I don’t know how”
- “I don’t think I can”
- I didn’t know that”
- “The boss won’t go for it” (5 bonus points)
- “Why should I care?”
- “Rules won’t allow it”
- “Don’t rock the boat”
WHAT SHOULD YOU
DO ABOUT IT?
Change your culture – adopt the mindset of innovation heroes!
- ideas flow freely throughout the organization
- subversion is a virtue
- success and failure are championed
- there are many, many leaders who encourage innovative thinking, rather than managers who run a bureacracy
- there are creative champions throughout the organization — people who thrive on thinking about how to do things differently ideas get approval and endorsement
- rather than stating “it can’t be done,” people ask, “how could we do this?”
- people know that in addition to R&D, innovation is also about ideas about to “run the business better, grow the business and transform the business”
- the word “innovation” is found in most job descriptions as a primary area of responsibility
- a percentage of annual renumeration is based upon achievement of explicitly defined innovation goals
These are a few of the organizations that have booked Jim Carroll in the past. He has spoken for senior leadership meetings for the world’s largest companies. Industry association events, and many more.