The Innovation Sophistication Index

How can you assess how innovative your business is?  The Innovation Sophistication Index is a list of just 24 statements.  For each statement you score one point if you fully agree with it for your organization.  Please try the list below now. If your score is less than six then you are probably at Stage 1.  This is the Launch phase where the need for innovation is recognised but not much has... Read More--

The Raid on Entebbe – A Tale of Two Leaders

Idi Amin Yitzhak Rabin                     On June 27 1976 Air France flight 139 from Tel-Aviv to Paris was hijacked following a stop at Athens airport.  Security at Athens was lax and four terrorists boarded the flight.  Two were German, Brigitte Kuhlmann and Wilfried Bose and two were Palestinian.  The plane was forced to fly to Benghazi, Libya,... Read More--

Monitor Your Innovation Capability in these Three Areas

Many organizations have top-level goals for innovation but struggle to measure progress toward them.  How can you assess the current state of your innovation capability?  There are three critical areas to consider. First, you should measure your ability to fill the pipeline by monitoring the number of new ideas being generated.  If you have a suggestions scheme you can scrutinize how many submissions... Read More--

Thank Heavens for Leaders who can Change their Minds

Why do we find it so hard to change our minds?  Why are we so critical of people who do change their minds? Stalin John Adair, the leadership expert, says that the most important (and often the most difficult) sentence for a leader to utter is, ’I admit that I was wrong.’  But on the rare occasions when political leaders change their minds they are accused in the media of flip-flopping, of doing... Read More--

Innovate like a Software Start-up

Large organisations tend to treat major new product developments as serious projects which require serious resources.  They use project planning tools and stage gate processes.  However, despite all of the management science the large majority of new products fail – certainly in the fast moving consumer goods sector.  So maybe corporations should copy some of the ideas and methods used by tiny... Read More--

Message to the Board – We Need to Talk about Innovation

Innovation should be a regular topic item on the agenda of company board meetings.  If you have not had a fundamental conversation about innovation with your key corporate stakeholders and senior executives then these are some of the questions and topics to discuss at the first such meeting.   What is the vision for our organization?  Where are we headed?   What is our business strategy to achieve... Read More--

The Eight Key Qualities of Great Leaders

John Adair John Adair is a highly influential author on leadership topics.  He identifies key characteristics of leaders as: 1. Enthusiasm. Can you think of any leader who lacks enthusiasm? 2. Integrity.  This is the quality that makes people trust you, and trust is essential in all human relationships. 3. Toughness. Leaders are often demanding people, uncomfortable to have around because their... Read More--

Eleven Reasons for the UK’s Poor Productivity

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) UK productivity has fallen to levels it held in 2007.  Productivity in the UK has consistently lagged well behind Germany and France and has now been overtaken by many other countries as this OECD chart shows.  This is the key reason why wages, growth and competitive performance are all held back.  Why is this and what can be done about it? ... Read More--

Twelve Jobs that Robots cannot do

The Hadrian X robot is made by Fastbrick Robotics from Australia.  It can lay 1000 house bricks in an hour.  The average bricklayer lays around 500 bricks a day.  We will soon see robots doing much of the standard work in building assembly with a small number of skilled craftsmen supervising them, applying finishing touches or completing tricky tasks.  McDonald’s is trialling a “Create Your... Read More--

Seven Strong Reasons not to Innovate

If you want to stop your organisation from trying to develop significant new products or services then here are seven solid arguments you can rely on. We are successful. We are growing and making a modest profit.  Innovations absorb resources and cost money. Why should we distract ourselves and mess with success? Everyone is very busy. All staff are working hard on urgent tasks sorting out today’s... Read More--