It never ceases to amaze me. I’m meeting with the executive committee of a major global company. I’ve just asked if innovation is one of their top strategic priorities. Their unanimous answer is “yes”. I then ask about their individual responsibilities. “Which one of you is the CFO?” “Who is head of HR?” “Where’s the CIO?” One by one their hands go up. Yet when I ask to see their global director of innovation, nobody raises a hand. Everyone just looks at me with a blank expression. So, sure, this company understands the innovation imperative. But nobody in its leadership team is directly responsible – or accountable – for making innovation happen across the organization. And they don’t even seem to be aware of the paradox.
Sarah Vandenberg2021-11-29T16:11:29-08:00September 15th, 2009|Categories: Innovation Psychology, Leadership, Organization & Culture, Strategies, Support for SMEs|Tags: business development, c-suite, Competition, consulting, executive committee, innovation champion, innovation champions, innovation czar, innovation manager, Innovation Strategy, leadership, priority, sustainability, talent management|