Do you need an innovation intervention?
Unless you feel that your innovation program is a runaway success and exceeding your expectations, the answer might very well be…
Ten Signs You Need an Innovation Intervention
- Nobody can articulate your definition of innovation (or you don’t have one)
- Nobody can articulate your innovation vision/strategy/goals (or you don’t have them)
- People struggle to tell the story of one or more innovations launched to wide adoption by the organization
- Most of what passes as innovation inside the organization would actually be classified as improvements (not innovation) by people outside the organization
- The organization no longer makes external innovation perspectives available to a wide audience
- Nobody takes the time to participate in our innovation efforts anymore
- Your organization is unable to accept insights and ideas from outside the organization and develop them into concepts that can be scaled to wide adoption
- Innovation program leadership has difficulty getting time on the CEO’s calendar any more
- Your innovation team is trying to do all of the innovating instead of helping to accelerate the innovation efforts of others
- Your pace of innovation is slower than the organizations you compete with for market share, donations, votes, etc.
What is an innovation intervention?
An innovation intervention is a professionally directed, education process resulting in a face to face meeting of consultants, leaders and/or managers with the organization in trouble with innovation. People who struggle with innovation are often in denial about their situation and unwilling to seek treatment. They may not recognize the negative effects their behavior has on themselves and others. Intervention helps the person make the connection between their use of innovation and the problems in their organization. The goal of intervention is to present the innovation user with a structured opportunity to accept help and to make changes before things get even worse.
This may be a somewhat tongue in cheek adaptation of a definition from the substance abuse context*, but it’s almost scary how much I didn’t have to change in the switching of contexts. To make it easier for people to accept help, I came up with an affordable new service offering that you can find out more about by clicking the link below.
Together we’ll get your innovation efforts back on track towards success and build a foundation capable of sustaining continuous innovation. Forward-thinking organizations that haven’t begun an innovation program or a focus on innovation and want to get off to a strong start will be able to leverage the Innovation Intervention service too.
*Thanks to the NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.) for the inspiration
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Braden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker, builds sustainable innovation cultures, and tools for creating successful change. He is the author of the five-star book Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire and the creator of the revolutionary new Change Planning Toolkit™. Follow him on Twitter (@innovate) and Linkedin.