LIBERATE THINKING - isn't that what has been happening at the speed of change in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and on the tipping point for the rest of the Middle East and beyond? The news reports and interviews with everyday citizens energized by their first tastes of freedom to think and speak -
simply amazing and priceless. In some ways, there is a poignant reflection on the climates that still exist in some organizations today where "dictators" still rule and suppress the innovation and creativity that resides inside their workforce. As with the Middle East, organization cultures involve deeply embedded customs and values shaped over long periods. Climate, however, can change rapidly with the emergence of leadership and active communication
INNOVATION and agility might be the two most often used "hollow" words in corporate-speak annual reports today. They are not hollow because they lack meaning - quite the contrary. The hollowness comes from the tendency of many organizations to claim the words but not the corresponding strategies and action. Both words are incredibly important for this VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world we face each day - but the saliency comes from creating the conditions to get fresh, innovative thinking by creating the expectation, climate and process for innovation.
Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble's new book "The Other Side of Innovation" has some useful insights for creating those conditions and making INNOVATION part of your climate for success.
The following equation paraphrases some of their conclusion ... innovation = motivation + process. It is clear that the successful enterprise of the future will understand that leadership must create both halves of that equation