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How to Stifle Innovation ?

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Innovation doesn't just comes from awesome intrapreneurial teams. Are you or your company guilty of killing good ideas?

Yes, everyone at the top is interested in innovation. It has become a business mandate in many organizations. But are the leaders serious? We find that plenty of companies are not walking the talk. They want innovation, but also don't want to recalibrate the organizational systems. These systems are where a good idea has as much opportunity to succeed as me going to the moon. Why so?

For starters, organizations do not have an internal muscle for a creative process. The creative process is not well understood and it is truly a fragile process. This situation promotes uncertainty; something most leaders do not want to spend time on. Additionally, there are very few internal experts who can support it and nurture it like there are for project
management processes, customer service processes, budgeting processes, etc. This is very tough in today's short-term focus surrounded by the fear-inducing environment of rapid technological change and dynamic markets-but this also makes innovation essential.

So what to do? First, kill the innovation killers. Here is our list of innovation killers that will need significant moderation if not surgical removal. You can discover for yourself if you have an environment that is crushing good ideas or allowing growth and change to be welcomed.

1. Clear(?) and cumbersome approval processes, rules, regulations for every action at every level within the organization.Making decisions takes forever and when they are made, they take forever to implement. Too much process everywhere.

2. Silos are promoted. The organization loves to allow departments and individuals to compete against one another for resources and protect their areas.

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What is a Human's Cognitive Capability?

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7 Thought Leader Views on Cognitive Capability.....

Advice from our planet's best minds about how to expand our cognitive toolkit.

Cognitive Thinking involves altering the way individuals interpret information they take in, to better comprehend it. If we can get inside the heads of most powerful cognitive thinkers of our time and discover what they are exploring, it is possible that our current orthodoxies can be overturned, our mental boxes can be toppled, our reality walls can be brought down, and maybe our work can be re-visualized, and just maybe, our companies can find disruptive innovations.

If you are an innovator leader, you will enjoy these short cognitive 10,000ft. maps from our planet's most interesting thinkers.


KEVIN KELLY, Editor-At-Large, Wired
STEPHEN M. KOSSLYN Director, Center for Adv. Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
GERD GIGERENZER, Psychologist; Director of the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition
VINOD KHOSLA, Technology Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist
GINO SEGRE, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania
CLIFFORD PICKOVER, Author, The Math Book
LAURENCE C. SMITH, Professor of Geography and Earth & Space Sciences, UCLA
DIMITAR SASSELOV, Professor of Astronomy, Director, Harvard Origins of Life Initiative

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What is the game of innovation? Is innovation a game?

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Yes, innovation is a game. It is a game because it requires knowledge and skills to compete and win in the ever changing markets. Innovation is a game that every business today needs to play to avoid becoming useless or even extinct.

In addition, part of the game of innovation is global competition, the energy crises, economic system failure, poverty, population expansion, and many other mega trends that are here to stay. All of these are converging upon every business sector simultaneously. They are like huge rivers all merging in to one. The turbulence, the waves, and the force created by these mega trends have never been seen by humanity before.

That is why running a business the 'same old way' will only guarantee that its management will end up on a so-called "commodity island" - where everything is price competitive and customers don't see very much difference between that business and the competition. From my perspective as an innovation consultant, I believe that every business must figure out a way to meet every challenge directly or indirectly, with a focus on winning the game of innovation. This means, businesses must learn to experiment, fail, learn from failure, and try something else - until they develop new business acumen to sustain and grow.

The rules of the innovation game have also changed. This is primarily due to two "major" forces: the information revolution and globalization. There is plenty of evidence that shows how these two major trends are shifting consumer buying patterns, local and regional economies, access to education, environmental issues, and the pace of life for everyone.. This has created a more urgent need to invent new ways of doing business and do it faster than ever before. The average life span of a company is shortening and more businesses are failing faster due to these two major trends.

Innovation is generated from the act of being creative. Creativity comes from people. So to play this game correctly and compete in this new age, CEO's must find a way to tap in to the hearts and minds of The Role of Innovation for Individuals and Organizations.

Our latest research shows that the most critical new competencies that must be developed and managed in your company culture will be discovery, creativity, influence, implementation, and mindful action . These skills cannot be outsourced and will play a more important role when creating and keeping customers for life.

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