Innovation – How to identify your innovators

 

The ability to think differently is vital for any organisation so how do you spot those with the aptitude for innovation among your employees? Do we all have the ability to be innovative? Clayton Christensen a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School (HBS) wrote in a recent HBS Alumni Bulletin that as many as 40% of people aren’t going to be any good at innovating.

Added on 16 August 2012 by Phil Anderson

The ability to think differently is vital for any organisation so how do you spot those with the aptitude for innovation among your employees?

Do we all have the ability to be innovative? Clayton Christensen a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School (HBS) wrote in a recent HBS Alumni Bulletin that as many as 40% of people aren’t going to be any good at innovating. He added that only 5% of people “are born with the instinct”.

But while it is the creative and ideas-generation aspect of innovation that is most celebrated and talked about innovation must also be seen as a process. “People can look good coming up with ideas but in my eyes ideas are cheap” says Phil Anderson client director and member of the faculty at Ashridge Business School.

“Making one or two of those ideas into something that will add value or bring profit to the organisation is the tough part.” With the right system or process in place Anderson also believes organisations can be more open about where the ideas come from. “They could be from suppliers customers even competitors or completely different industries. The iPod wasn’t invented by someone at Apple but someone outside of the company. Apple saw it and brought it into its innovation machine which it is fantastic at doing.”

via Edge online – Strategy – Innovation – The i-team: How to identify your innovators.