March 18, 2009

big potential for establishing innovation climate

Have you heard your friend, father or uncle how he make fun of his bosses or to management in his factory because they are doing something „stupid“, and when you ask him „why won't you propose a solution?“, the answer is: „they wouldn't listen to me, they don't care for my thoughts“ or „let them do whatever they want!“.

This barrier between employee and the firm, or call it 'learned helplessness' is the spirit when the employee don't need to think and it's the example which kind of culture should be completely changed. This kind of examples can be heard in many places and you can imagine how many space is left for improvement,

Inovative climate could be incorporated to many organizations which are not aware of their current state.

There are many negative sentences which can be heard:

X This already exist!

X We are doing it on the same way for years, why we should change it now?

X This is not the problem!

X This will not work in real world.

X Who will buy this?

X This kind of idea is not posible to realise, maybe in a ten years from now...

X We don't have time for that.

X This is not in our area of work.

March 13, 2009

ideas campaign started in ireland

Open Innovation in Ireland, just read following:
"The Ideas Campaign is calling on you, the people of Ireland, to propose solutions that will help rebuild the economy. It’s a grassroots, independent campaign for citizens, by citizens."
Nice way to get new ideas to boost economy (if only my country would do te same)!
Many ideas are already out there and I will enjoy whole month to read(campain will finish at end of March).
Its great that this concept of open innovation campaign can be spread to entire nation. Well done Ireland!

March 12, 2009

singapore no.1 on inno-report

Newest innovation climate study done by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and The Manufacturing Institute (MI), listed 110 countries according to their Innovation Inputs and Innovation Performance score. This Internation Innovation Index is buid from 6 categories: Fiscal & Other policies, Innovation environment, R&D results, Business performance and Public impact of innovation. Link to study
Singapore is ranked 1st, U.S.A. 8th, Japan 9th, while European leadinng innovation states: Sweden, U.K., Austria & Germany are 10th,15th,17th and 19th.
Central Europe countries are near each other on the list: Hungary, Czech Rep. and Slovenia are on places 31-33 and Slovakia is on 36th place, while Croatia is 48th as the first country with negative score.

March 3, 2009

great definition of innovation

I've just read the interview with Guy Kawasaki. Inside, there is a great definition of innovation:
"Innovation is creating something before people know they need it. The process involves building upon the work of others-a.k.a., "copying," grinding it out, and deleting what doesn't work to jump to the next curve.

Innovation isn't a lightning bolt of inspiration in the middle of a muse. More often than not, it's a process of grinding, cogitating, and doubting. There truly is no shortcut to innovation. Over the course of a career, you come up with dozens, if not hundreds of ideas, and reject most, try some, and you are lucky if handful succeed."

And another great quote:
" assumption that companies should not make is that money equals innovation. That is, two guys/gals in the lab might create the great innovation. It doesn't have to be the $10 million budget line item for R and D. I could make the case that money can't buy innovation-if it did, then large companies would get larger and startups would never innovate."