Leading change & innovation takeaways

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Leading change & innovation takeaways

  1. 1. Course TakeawaysBy Rachel Bjerstedt
  2. 2. What does it mean to be Innovative? 1: the introduction of something new, 2: a new idea, method or device”. (Merriam-Webster.com, 2012) the means by which the entrepreneur either creates new wealth-producing resources or endows existing resources with enhanced potential for creating wealth.” (Drucker, 2002) My Definition: Always challenging the Status Quo.
  3. 3. How to Foster InnovationInnovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have... Its not about money. Its about the people you have, how youre led, and how much you get it. -Steve Jobs ideas flow freely throughout the organization, subversion is a virtue, both success and failure are championed rather than stating “it can’t be done,” people ask, “how could we do this?”(Jim Carroll, 2010)
  4. 4. Traits of Innovation Killers  People laugh at new ideas  Someone who identifies a problem is shunned  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 have convinced themselves that competing on price is normal **  The organization is focused more on process than success **Very Common in Small Business MarketingSource: Jim Carroll http://www.jimcarroll.com/innovation-inspiration/the-innovation-killers/#.T02YXfEgf_M
  5. 5. Reject the Status QUO Silence any one who says;  “We’ve always done it this way”  “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”  “Why should I care?”Source: Jim Carroll http://www.jimcarroll.com/innovation-inspiration/the-innovation-killers/#.T02YXfEgf_M
  6. 6. How to Stop “Innovation Killers” –Creating a Corporate Culture  Forbid whining & complaining—  Make it a rule that an individual can’t propose barriers or problems without simultaneously providing a possible solution to each one.  Encourage “find a way” behavior –  Reward individuals who constructively identify ways to work around potential problems.  Forbid standard innovation killer phrases –  don’t allow anyone to use “that will never work” phrases during your meetings  Ban them —  Don’t allow negative individuals to participate in idea generation meetings until their behavior changes.Source: Sullivan, 2011
  7. 7. Management vs. LeadershipManagement Leadership(Transactional) (Transformational) Process  People Facts  Feelings Intellectual  Emotional Head  Heart Position Power  Persuasion Power Control  Commitment Problem Solving  Possibility Thinking Reactive  Proactive Doing Things Right  Doing the right thing
  8. 8. There is a Time & Place for Both http://www.tlnt.com/2010/06/28/the-2020-leadership-model-for-tomorrow%E2%80%99s-workplace/
  9. 9. Leaders Foster Change transformational leadership “raises leadership to the next level” (Riggio & Bass 2009) by stimulating and inspiring followers to both achieve extraordinary outcomes“your job as a leader isn’t to have allthe answers. It’s to facilitate peopleto help you find the real answers.” ~Randy Dobbs
  10. 10. Referenceshttp://www.tlnt.com/2010/06/28/the-2020-leadership-model-for- tomorrow%E2%80%99s-workplace/Drucker, Peter F. (2002). The Discipline of Innovation. Harvard Business Review, Aug2002, Vol. 80, Issue 8, DOI: 00178012. Retrieved from EbscoHosthttp://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/innovationSullivan, J. (2011) Identifying Innovation Killers — and the Top 25 “That Will Never Work” Excuses http://www.drjohnsullivan.com/articles-mainmenu- 27/articles/hr-strategy-mainmenu-33/537-identifying- innovation-killers-and-the-top-25-that-will-never-work- excusesCarroll, Jim (2010) The Innovation Killers. http://www.jimcarroll.com/innovation-inspiration/the- innovation-killers/

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