Change is inevitable in today’s world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) and as Charles Darwin once said, “It is not the strongest of the species which survive nor the most intelligent, but the species most responsive to change.” In today’s scenario no organisation can island itself from the external forces and therefore, innovative culture not only a ‘good to have but an ‘imperative to survive’.
While innovation remains the most talked aspect in all the organisations, but at the same time it is the organisation itself that remains the biggest bottleneck for ‘change’. While we read a lot about fostering innovative culture, but for me there are following two simple dimensions (may not be mutually exclusive) which are critical to succeed:
First dimension towards fostering culture of innovation is the clarity of ‘purpose’ and ‘vision’ for the organisation:
Second dimension remains the inherent traits of the leadership team in terms of:
To ensure successful and sustainable execution of any innovative initiatives, I believe it should address all the three pillars of business together (and not any one or two) which are People (Talent), Process, and Product. Any innovation that does not cover all the three, can at best be a great idea or an incremental initiative.
Lastly, there are many metrics available to measure the success of innovation, but to me whatever they mean in mathematical terms, innovation should improve Trust (amongst team), Turnaround Time (efficiency and productivity) and Transparency (scalability). These may be measured based upon the context and the relevant stakeholder being addressed.
The availability of knowledge and technology around has enabled a DNA of creativity and innovation. The leadership challenge lies in channelising the same towards the purpose and vision of the organisation.