Monday, March 20, 2023


Businesses need to become more innovative, at the same time, clarify the logic at different stages of innovation management.

All humans are naturally creative. Today, innovation can happen anywhere, anytime; it expands both horizontally and vertically. An organization of today needs to be organized in such a way that it is a part of the modern world; it cannot be organized using the outdated, mechanistic paradigm that resulted in bureaucracies. 

Instead, companies need to emphasize participation in idea brainstorming, empathetic communication, cross disciplinary management and realize that they will need to continue innovating, and renew themselves periodically.

Innovation is usually nonlinear, involving non-stable processes to make evolutionary changes: When innovating to create new value, position a brand, differentiate and position products or services in diverse markets, forward-looking organizations seize the opportunity to take a fresh look at the business environment, make objective assessments of innovation process design, prototyping, and optimization, etc. If the organization has got that level of knowledge, it could accomplish a lot with less.

Innovation management does require interdisciplinary understanding to connect wider dots and see what’s possible, as well as the technical expertise to create disruptions or implement innovative solutions. There are breakthrough innovations and incremental innovations. Hybridity is the style for managing innovation. So high mature organizations can get a clear and uncompromised place void of irrelevant complexity. It takes structural process management for innovating, clarifying business logic, optimizing key business processes; building business innovation competency.

Innovation is to see the substance of things unseen: Innovation is about achieving high performance, but it’s also risky. You have to look into an unknown future, envision unseen, and attempt to define the innovation landscape with its risks and opportunities, and shape your own unique viewpoint. Unseen is complex until it is known. Once known, it becomes simple. Innovation has a considerably high ratio to fail compared to other types of business initiatives because there is no “one size fits all” formula.

Hence, innovation management needs to ponder around: Are the targets still in line with the vision? Do we have newer information which needs to be addressed? Does this impact the strategic plan? How to build innovation competency of the organization? Being innovative is to transform the words to poetry, ideas expanded to create novel ideas, fresh concepts, alternative solutions. Potential can be unleashed via releasing creative energy, discovering the innate strength and setting strong disciplines to develop innovativeness as a state of mind, and build cohesive organizational innovation capabilities.

Innovative organizations deploy a range of different management disciplines, technologies, processes, and structural solutions: Innovation is the process which can be managed. Often, organizations with a command type of organizational culture are indifferent to external change, hence, cannot grasp innovation opportunities on time, and lack the learning agility to run an innovative organization. People who can see the bigger picture, abstract the insight from the overloading information, are needed to clear blind spots, integrate a multitude of viewpoints, and inspire the culture of innovation.

Businesses are always on and hyperconnected. There are various parameters that you need to make adjustments. It is important to build the culture of innovation, inspire people doing meaningful work and take calculated risks. To become creative, one would have to break down some old rules, but you should learn and have an in-depth understanding of those rules first; among other things. Without a cross-functional and end-to-end perspective across the entire enterprise, business managers and teams operate with an incomplete and relatively small view of the business ecosystem. Therefore, it’s important to cultivate the right environment to foster integrity, trust, transparency, and risk-taking in order to build a creative workforce and improve the innovation capacity of their organization.

Businesses need to become more innovative, at the same time, clarify the logic at different stages of innovation management. It’s always important to fine tune key business elements such as people, process, and technology, update structures, methodologies, and cultures, build a set of unique organizational competencies to thrive in the future, to catalyze innovation and achieve high performance results.


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