If your organisation has embraced the need to become more innovative and has committed resources (like budget!), along with leadership attention to making this happen, then consider yourself fortunate. Getting to this point is a major achievement on the road to driving growth through innovation. But just because the commitment is there and resources are available, there are absolutely no guarantees that the innovation program will bear fruit.
One of the major pitfalls to be on the lookout for, as your innovation effort builds momentum, is that instead of innovation being a means to an end, it starts to become an end in itself. The way to identify whether your innovation program is beginning to suffer from this common ailment is to consider whether some of the associated symptoms are starting to emerge:
If any of this sounds familiar, then it may be time to take a time out and carry out a quick health check on the status of your innovation program. The remedy involves the following:
Most importantly, don’t lose heart. If your organisation has picked up the innovation baton, then you’re in a good place. The symptoms we’ve described above are very typical of emerging innovation programs and they’re very solvable.
So if you’re keen to conduct an innovation health check on your organisation and you’d like to consult with an ‘innovation GP’, then feel free to contact either myself firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark email@example.com – we love this stuff and we are passionate about ensuring that innovation programs are set up for success!