THE INNOVATION KILLERS
“Organizations set themselves up with a form of organizational sclerosis that clogs up their ability to pursue the future”
“Do you set yourself up with a regular stream of excuses that hold you back from making progress in the era of acceleration? Do the innovation killers surround you?”
WHAT ARE THE INNOVATION KILLERS?
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!
Posts About the Innovation Killers
Global Financial Firm (private), San Francisco, California
This one was fun – a dinner talk for CEO’s and senior executives from major financial, energy and infrastructure
National Mining Association, Scottsdale, Arizona
Well, this was fun! A keynote for CEO’s and senior executives of many American and global mining on the future
World Government Summit, Dubai, UAE
I was invited to speak at this massive global conference, with 3,400 attendees from 60+ countries worldwide.
This organization provides health care services to a vast range of health insurers – organizations such as Blue Cross
Disruption: Self-Driving Cars and the Sharing Economy, Mercedes Benz, Detroit, Michigan
Obviously, this is a HOT topic, and being invited in by one of the pre-eminent automative companies in the world
The Acceleration of Risk in the Era of Disruption, Baker McKenzie client conferences, Dallas and Chicago
It’s pretty cool when the top-ranked global legal firm — operating in 38 countries with 13,000+ legal staff
Nikon 100th Anniversary Celebration, Tokyo, Japan
This was certainly a treat – they invited me in to headline a dinner with my observations on the future! I opened
Disruption and innovation, McKay CEO Forum, Vancouver, Canada
Imagine a room full of 300 CEO’s and senior executives, and you get the McKay CEO Forum, one of the pre-eminent
Future of food, agriculture, retail and consumer behaviour, Simplot, Phoenix, Arizona
This agricultural company is the largest global supplier of French fries to McDonalds and other food companies, as
Godiva Chocolates, Ghent, Belgium
This was a repeat engagement — the company, along with its parent Ulker from Turkey, had me headline a global
Genentech, San Francisco
This event was for 550 executives from this pharma-tech company — it’s owned by French pharmaceutical giant
American Financial Services Association – New Orleans – Automotive keynote
Again, in New Orleans — in this case, the finance/leasing end of the automotive industry, including financing
Whirlpool, Chicago, Illinois – Future Impact of Internet of Things (#IoT)
This is a company that is making a transition from being a company that sells appliances, to being a computer
New York Life, New York
This was my final event of the year, just two days ago, and it was just plain fun! It was an end of year “town
PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando
It’s not often you get invited in to open one of the most prestigious events in the world of golf, let along the
Volvo/ Mac Trucks, Greensboro, NC
A repeat engagement for this organization — in this case, an internal leadership meeting, whereas the first one
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration): Transformational Leadership.
The agency invited Jim to speak to a group of senior leaders to speak on the issue of what leaders do to
THE LIST OF INNOVATION KILLERS
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”
- “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?”
INNOVATION KILLER VIDEOS
10 SIGNS YOU’VE GOT AN INNOVATION DYSFUNCTION
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?”
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO ABOUT IT?
How do innovative organizations differ?
Innovative companies act differently. In these organizations
- deas 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, and a percentage of annual renumeration is based upon achievement of explicitly defined innovation goals