Stick with me for a minute and I’ll explain the Fleas in a Jar Experiment. In the meanwhile how about some Idea Antibodies…? Organisation Immune Systems. The concept of organisations having ‘Idea Antibodies’ has been around for a while, and is nicely explained in this post ‘I am a virus, My name is Innovation’ by […]
Do Mundane Things. Get Your Ideas Accepted by Working Behind Enemy Lines, and Don’t be a Martyr.
Having new ideas, particularly big innovative ones, can be dangerous. Radical thinkers and mavericks have a very long history of being persecuted and sometimes being burnt at the stake. Question: Do you really want to be a martyr for your organisational improvement idea? Wouldn’t it be better to achieve positive change by working quietly behind […]
Encouraging Innovation. Use some Naive Experts, Belbin Resource Investigators and send them ‘back to the floor’.
Here is something you may have encountered. Situation: A major problem with a service not meeting the needs of customers. If you don’t innovate you will be deeper in trouble or out of business. Answer: Assemble a team of subject matter experts to promote innovation. Result: A deep focus upon improving what already exists but […]
Idea Antibodies – Do some organisation have an autonomic immune response that kills ideas?
I’ve just met an old friend who told me they had moved jobs because the old organisation was ‘sucking the life out of them’. As an ‘ideas person’ they were fed up of constantly having their ideas; dismissed out of hand, ridiculed or worse, buried in bureaucracy. They were getting out before their spirit was […]