With the departure of Steve Jobs as CEO from Apple, it really got me thinking – is one great, influential and visionary mind at the helm of an organisation what it comes down to for a company to really foster innovation? Are these people 1 in a million or is it a skill that can be learnt? How can you replicate the level of creativity, brand identity and forward thinking required on your own scale and in your own situations?
Well as a lover of strategy & innovation (which I gained at university and yes it’s a bit sad to admit to it) I’ve collected a few ideas over the years of what is needed to create a structure, in the loosest of terms that would foster innovation. It’s all down to amelting-pot of culture, balance of personalities, and the physical set-up of a business and its processes that help or hinder innovation. Other factors such as remembering that great ideas can come from anywhere is also really important.
I would continue but I stumbled across a fantastic interview with Pixar’s Brad Bird on Fostering Innovation, which really says it all so here are a few of the best to get your juices flowing but I really do suggest you read the full interview when you get the chance!
What do you think? Does your company have any great initiatives for fostering innovation? Let us know! I am currently working on a strategy for this in line with our new business and offices so any success or failure stories would be really appreciated.
Picture of Pixar’s Feature Film Ratatouille (photo credit: IMDb) created by the Academy Award Winning Brad Bird reminds us that a great chef could come from anywhere, and so can innovation.