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Role of manager as an innovation catalyst Vinay Dabholkar, Ph.D. Founder Catalign Innovation Consulting vinay@catalign.com...
“The dream run”                           by Nandini Tiwary, Times of India, 5 Dec 2010© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulti...
As an organization:                  Can we build stamina for innovation,                     Like Nandini did for running...
Mar 2009                                  2005               1998                                        Half a century jo...
In this journey                             How can I catalyze innovation?                                                ...
Let’s avoid TBUs            Managers should become ambidextrous            Spend time on strategic thinking© 2010 Catalign...
Story of a technology company in                            Bangalore in 1960                          Dr. S. M. Patil, ex...
Radial drilling machine problem (1959)                                               1. Replace the nut                   ...
Rajappa meets Patil                      “Give me permission to make 6 arms”© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting         ...
Biases in action                1. He is just a matriculate                2. NIH: “Not Invented Here” syndrome           ...
What Patil saw & the manager didn’t             1. Ideas can come from unusual sources             2. Crude cost-impact an...
What is the typical lifecycle of an innovation?© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting   www.catalign.com
idea                                                    Demo                       Idea-to-demo loopitch                  ...
idea                                                    Demo                       Idea-to-demo loop               Demo-to...
© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting   www.catalign.com
Sep 2003 Idea (course-match)                             Feb 25   Feb 26                                            Demo C...
Sep 2003 Idea (course-match)                             Feb 25   Feb 26                                            Demo C...
Exercise:           1. Pick one innovation from your workplace           2. How long was idea-to-demo period?           3....
What can I do?© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting       www.catalign.com
idea                                                    Demo                       Idea-to-demo loop               Demo-to...
What are our top 3 or 5 challenges?                                        1                                        2     ...
A Sample challenge-book    • Customer doesn’t find right size trouser (PAIN)    • Can we become Centre of Excellence in cl...
Our challenge-book                         What would be one challenge                         relevant for your team?    ...
idea                                                    Demo                       Idea-to-demo loop               Demo-to...
“Little secret” of innovation leadership              Nobody gets sponsored for the first few demos© 2010 Catalign Innovat...
Toyota’s tabooed expressions    • Everyone understands that!    • I tried that before and I know it won’t work    • Is thi...
Avoid the “virus syndrome”                      Focus on “learning”, not “outcome”© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting   ...
Before & After© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting       www.catalign.com
What kind of demos have you come across?© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting   www.catalign.com
idea                                                            Demo                       Idea-to-demo loop              ...
What is “championing an idea”?© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting   www.catalign.com
1924: S N Bose stumbles upon an idea                                                   No response from Journal           ...
1934: Works out his pet idea                                        Jan ‘35: Talk is scheduled                            ...
Summary                               What                                 How                      Generate itch         ...
Google “Vinay Dabholkar”© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting   www.catalign.com
Thank You© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting   www.catalign.com
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  1. 1. Role of manager as an innovation catalyst Vinay Dabholkar, Ph.D. Founder Catalign Innovation Consulting vinay@catalign.com 21-Apr-2011© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  2. 2. “The dream run” by Nandini Tiwary, Times of India, 5 Dec 2010© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  3. 3. As an organization: Can we build stamina for innovation, Like Nandini did for running?© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  4. 4. Mar 2009 2005 1998 Half a century journey! 1959 1966© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  5. 5. In this journey How can I catalyze innovation? Game Changer Global Brand Centre of Excellence© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  6. 6. Let’s avoid TBUs Managers should become ambidextrous Spend time on strategic thinking© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  7. 7. Story of a technology company in Bangalore in 1960 Dr. S. M. Patil, ex-CEO & MD, HMT© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  8. 8. Radial drilling machine problem (1959) 1. Replace the nut 2. Follow the process 3. Consult German engineers 4. Send Indian engineer to Germany 5. Get a German engineer to Bangalore (??)© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  9. 9. Rajappa meets Patil “Give me permission to make 6 arms”© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  10. 10. Biases in action 1. He is just a matriculate 2. NIH: “Not Invented Here” syndrome 3. You don’t get fired for hiring Germans© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  11. 11. What Patil saw & the manager didn’t 1. Ideas can come from unusual sources 2. Crude cost-impact analysis© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  12. 12. What is the typical lifecycle of an innovation?© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  13. 13. idea Demo Idea-to-demo loopitch 6 arms Need & Technology assumptions© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  14. 14. idea Demo Idea-to-demo loop Demo-to-impact loopitch 6 arms Need & Technology Production & assumptions commercialization assumptions© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  15. 15. © 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  16. 16. Sep 2003 Idea (course-match) Feb 25 Feb 26 Demo Columbia Stanford Nov 2003 (facemash) Idea-to-demo loop Demo-to-impact loop May 2004 Ad revenueitch Thefacebook 34 sch, 100K Mar endSep 2003 Feb 2004© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  17. 17. Sep 2003 Idea (course-match) Feb 25 Feb 26 Demo Columbia Stanford Nov 2003 (facemash) Idea-to-demo loop Demo-to-impact loop May 2004 Ad revenueitch Thefacebook 34 sch, 100K Mar endSep 2003 Feb 2004 1. Course-match 2. Facemash 3. Harvard connection 4. Thefacebook© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  18. 18. Exercise: 1. Pick one innovation from your workplace 2. How long was idea-to-demo period? 3. How many demos did it go through? 4. How long was demo-to-impact period?© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  19. 19. What can I do?© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  20. 20. idea Demo Idea-to-demo loop Demo-to-impact loopitch 1. Help create itches© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  21. 21. What are our top 3 or 5 challenges? 1 2 3 Challenge-book© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  22. 22. A Sample challenge-book • Customer doesn’t find right size trouser (PAIN) • Can we become Centre of Excellence in cloud computing? (PAIN) • How do we provide a map on phone for locating an item in a warehouse? (WAVE) • Can we replace paper cups with something reusable? (WASTE)© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  23. 23. Our challenge-book What would be one challenge relevant for your team? What challenges do you see creating a challenge book?© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  24. 24. idea Demo Idea-to-demo loop Demo-to-impact loopitch 2. Help people communicate their idea better Say: “Great idea! What can you show me tomorrow?”© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  25. 25. “Little secret” of innovation leadership Nobody gets sponsored for the first few demos© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  26. 26. Toyota’s tabooed expressions • Everyone understands that! • I tried that before and I know it won’t work • Is this within the budget? • Let’s talk about this some other time • That’s not done at this company© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  27. 27. Avoid the “virus syndrome” Focus on “learning”, not “outcome”© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  28. 28. Before & After© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  29. 29. What kind of demos have you come across?© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  30. 30. idea Demo Idea-to-demo loop Demo-to-impact loopitch 3. Champion good ideas© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  31. 31. What is “championing an idea”?© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  32. 32. 1924: S N Bose stumbles upon an idea No response from Journal June 4: Sends it to Einstein July 2: Einstein sends a postcard “Translated your work and sent it for publication. It is a beautiful step forward” That’s championing an idea© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  33. 33. 1934: Works out his pet idea Jan ‘35: Talk is scheduled Gets attacked by the Eddington Chandra dumps the idea! Revisits 3 decades later, gets Nobel That’s anti-championing!© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  34. 34. Summary What How Generate itch Create a challenge book Help communicate ideas Demos, Before-n-after Help build credibility Champion good ideas© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  35. 35. Google “Vinay Dabholkar”© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
  36. 36. Thank You© 2010 Catalign Innovation Consulting www.catalign.com
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