What Does Leading Innovation Involve?

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Leading innovation involves enabling a culture and climate in an organisation that supports people to innovate.

The innovations could be new products, new services, business model innovation  or new processes.The new processes could affect any or all parts of the innovation leader’s organisation.

Leading innovation means firstly, finding ways to tap into your employees’ creativity. It also means ensuring that conditions within the organisation support the employees’ inner motivation to create.

Innovation leaders also need to ensure that creative ideas can then be developed into useful new products, new services or new processes – in short, innovation leaders need to also make innovation happen.

In general, employees will resist change in their organisations. Therefore, as a leader of innovation you need to influence change. You need to be a courageous change agent who can initiate change and get buy-in to change initiatives.

Innovation is systematic.  Innovation arises from complex interactions between many individuals, organisations and their operating environment. To succeed at innovation a company cannot just focus on new technologies, research and development. People in all other functions; marketing, customer service, manufacturing, distribution and human resources need to understand the innovation process and their role within it.

Leading an organisation to develop an innovation culture requires attention to the whole organisation over a sustained period of time.

Leading Innovation And ‘Being Present’.

One of the greatest challenges in leading innovation is to open up to the energy and opportunities of the present moment – as artists and inventors can.

This is because, through their minds, individuals and groups of individuals are able to ‘exist’ in the past or in the future. This means that their thinking is coloured by what has gone before. If new initiatives have not succeeded in the past, then many people hang on to that mindset and it affects their present.

Innovation leaders need to be able to ‘let go’ of old realities, old systems and their old selves and open up to and embrace new ones.

Similarly, the desire to have something fixed and ‘sorted’ in the future means that people prefer to stick with what they know and what is feasible. This means that they are not creating something new.

The present moment is where the possibility of change and newness lies. It is where we can access our innovation potential and the innovation potential of others.

However, in the present moment - the space where creativity arises, there is also the unknown, uncertainty and ambiguity. These are  conditions that senior management in large organisations usually seek as far as possible to avoid.

Organisations have the resources and the capability to innovate. The challenge is to access those innovation resources, including the hidden innovation potentials within the employees. Innovation leadership is what is needed to release this innovation potential.

The root of the word leadership is leith which means to go forth, cross the threshold or to die.

In order to innovate, people in organisations need to cross the threshold from the past into the present from where they can create the future.

Great innovators, leaders, artists, and writers can access the place deep inside themselves where their capacity to create and innovate resides. From this place they are able to create a new world. From this place they can also create environments that help others to create as well

 Business Benefits Of Leading Innovation Training

  • Improved chances of success when your organisation innovates in products, services, processes and business models. 
  • Your organisation will have a motivated workforce of employees who are using their creative potential. Being innovative can make them feel more satisfied in their roles. 
  • The organisation will build knowledge through its innovation initiatives - which can support further innovation.

How can Anatellô Help You Develop Great Innovation Leaders?

Anatellô’s Leading Innovation Training.

A holistic course with a strong emphasis on developing your own innovation capabilities in order to develop innovation capabilities in others.

  • The difference between leading innovation and managing innovation
  • Different models of leadership
  • Understanding the leadership models most suited to innovation
  • “Being present” for creativity and innovation
  • The conditions for creativity and innovation
  • Identifying and removing barriers to creativity and innovation
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Coaching skills for innovation and advanced interpersonal skills
  • Understanding and managing risk in innovation.

Training in these modules will equip your organisation’s leaders to lead innovation initiatives more confidently so that they can deliver innovation faster and with a higher chance of success.

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