05 May 2008

Sustaining an Innovation Culture

James Todhunter did it again. He wrote a very good post to list the following "5 pillars of sustainable innovation culture":

  • Executive Leadership
  • Skills Development
  • Innovation Infrastructure
  • Network for Innovation Mentoring & Facilitation
  • Internal Promotion
The first one is indeed the most important as it is a prerequisite to the other four.
I would add "Recognition & Reward for innovation". People need to be encouraged to innovate, so processes must be in place to formally and fairly recognize and reward the innovators, no matter how small or localized the innovation is (so long as it contributes positively to the organiozation's performance).