Innovation & Culture

In a company that has been built like a manufacturing     factory processes and mindsets can easily become rigid. To achieve growth you need often to revisit you strategy and start innovating, but how do you succeed in an environment which has rigid processes, where people are afraid of experimenting and where there is a fear of failure?

Management sets often the culture of a company over longer periods of time and that culture can easily become a show stopper for successful change.

To be successful with an innovation strategy we are therefore working with a phased approach that will tackle some of the initial barriers for change. In the first phase we will look at the three aspects:

Innovation Strategy

Through an initial strategy assessment we will look at the alignment between your overall strategy and the innovation objectives that you have defined. We will look at how well anchored these objectives are with respective parts of the organization. We will look at gaps in the existing processes, gaps in skills and competences, we will analyze which parts of the organizations are more supportive to the change, what tools and processes are in place. Based on that assessment will provide recommendations on shifts to perform in order to achieve the desired innovation objectives.  For management buy-in it is also important during this assessment phase to identify which parts of the organizations and the portfolio could provide quick wins.

Tools, Skills and Competences

One of the key success factors to make an organization more innovative is to introduce trained change agents, innovation and innovation coaches. These person at part of the innovation team that create and manage the innovation funnel, but also support various parts of the organization in their respective innovation projects. These persons master the tools needed to innovate, they facilitate workshops and train the rest of the organization. We typically provide innovation coaching training and we can also support in the implementation of learning platforms, ideation platforms and collaboration tools that are necessary in the innovation process.

Pilot Projects

Identifying the right pilot projects are essential for two reasons. One is that the skills and competences developed during the training have to be practiced straight away to continue learning from experiences, and secondly they are essential for management to see what type of impact can be achieved from initial projects.

Pilots are normally selected in part of the organization where there is an inherent support for the change, where budget and focus is secured and where the impact is noticeable.