Signs That Your Organisation is Bad at Innovation
In the 21st century, companies must continue to innovate otherwise they will be left behind in the junkyard of your industry.
Watch out for the seven barriers that severely limit innovation. Dr Jack Wood in Organisational Behaviour: An Asia-Pacific Perspective summarise the seven barriers as:
- Top management isolation: management loses touch with organisational realities.
- Intolerance of differences: questioning the status quo is discouraged. There are many sacred cows in the company.
- Vested interests: Individuals and teams think that they are more important than the organisation as a whole.
- Short-term horizons: short-term results are emphasised over investments for long-term profits.
- Overly rational thinking: an emphasis on systems and routines drives out opportunities for creativity.
- Poor incentives: reward systems support “safety” of past routines and discourage risk-taking.
- Too much bureaucracy: an emphasis on rules and efficiency slows and frustrates creative employees.
How many of the above describes the organisation you’re in or leading at the moment?