The recommendations from the recent Joined Up Innovation report and the ACOLA Report (The role of science, research and technology in lifting Australia’s productivity) highlighted the important role of culture that drives success and prosperity. The recommendations are:
- An innovative workplace that combines technical and non-technical disciplines and enables business management
- An innovative workforce to meet Australia’s future needs
- Government, universities and industry organisations should work together to improve entrepreneurship and business management skills, including the ability to manage innovation.
- Re-invent the way we work and innovate, transform our culture, recognise and cultivate the right skills and encourage mobility
- Re-engineer our innovation processes, to move from being linear to collaborative
- Break down silos within organisations and between researchers and industry
- Review slow processes, such as time taken to approve patents
- Better celebrate our past and present innovation success stories
- Consider how our business and national cultures impact innovation
- Encourage individuals to overcome fear of failure, ask questions and support each other
- Recognise that innovation success requires a mix of technical, creative and sales skills
- Change incentives to foster mobility between conventional and innovative projects within companies.
So what does this mean to you, your team and your organisation?
- All innovation requires a process and this is especially so in large organisations. Review your process, is it effective, is it slow, does it involve the right people and diverse people? Take a step back and undertake an innovation maturity audit to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your process.
- The culture of organisations is vitally important for successful innovation AND successful innovation drives culture. For teams in large organisations, look to the teams around you, what is their innovation culture and how does your team rate? Look to your suppliers, your partners, your customers and ask how their innovation culture rates?
- My practical experience yells me the importance of celebrating past and present innovation success stories. Innovation is hard, requires people to stretch themselves so celebration and recognition is vital to keep momentum.
The final blog in this series will consider the importance of tools, techniques and technology.