A panel about unlocking innovation in business

innovation unlockYesterday, I had a call from Jeff Wacker (a retired Senior Fellow from HP) who had a conflict that prevents him from participating in an innovation panel discussion at a large, multi-national IT firm that has a significant presence in the Dallas area. Naturally, I agreed since pulling together material for a discussion like this is a rich opportunity to harvest blogging material (I’ll have to reference those posts in the comments to this one).

Innovation is an interesting issue for some organizations for a variety of reasons:

1) It is someone else’s problem — people allow themselves to say ‘I am not innovative’ when in reality innovation is part of the human condition. We just need recognize when it’s happening and then capitalize on it.

2) They don’t set themselves up for it to happen naturally — sometimes people think that innovation happens only serendipitously. There is no doubt that is true, but there are many things organizations can do to enable it to happen more often. I’ll likely have a whole post on this later.

3) Too often we let things stand in the way of innovation — My philosophy has always been that after two years in a position I am likely to be more part of the problem than part of the solution, so its time to give someone else a chance. Churn in relationships and personnel can be a good thing and helps address the ‘we’ve always done it that way’ issue.

Those are a few thoughts that sprang to mind as I sat through the initial discussion about this innovation panel. Now I just need to flesh them out with stories and arguments to make it relevant to an audience of people who probably are not going to be all that innovative — otherwise we wouldn’t have the session.

A bit of Blogging for Diginomica

Broken-chainDuring my downtime between formal roles, I was asked if I would be interested in supporting diginomica by authoring blog posts. diginomica.com is a different approach to social media that seeks to break free of the pack based upon two main things:

  1. The business model is based upon meaningful partnerships between the vendor community and editorial experts.
  2. A deeply experienced team of practitioners, consultants, analysts and content creators.

I was honored that the diginomica team thought my meager efforts were deemed impactful. Since these perspectives continue to flow out of my mind (and I can’t stop myself), anything that helps expose them to others and provide validation or an alternative opinion to keep me grounded — is welcome.

Please check out their content, since there is definitely significant depth of knowledge leaning into the content they share. My goal is to provide them with one post a week, based on my experience and perspective.