By Natalie Gordon
“Sshhh: don’t tell anyone…they might devise some counter strategies”
We were delighted to host a workshop and join a huge celebration of innovation at the Unbound London event hosted at the Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch on 18 and 19 July. It was billed as a global showcase bringing together more than 5,000 founders, entrepreneurs, investors, large corporates and small start-ups, all on a mission to share innovative ideas.
It was an inspiring, fun and engaging forum for Sean Connolly and Alex Graham to explore eight ways to kill innovation before it has a chance to get started. It was a schadenfreude moment as our audience came to life with an endless array of examples of how innovation and change is choked, blocked or diverted in their own organisations. There was a consistent pattern, indeed some told us that this was a strangely comforting and cathartic experience. “This is like therapy,” said one participant.
So, if you’d like to stop innovation before it gets going, here’s what you need to do:
That should do it.
Of course, you may like to find out how to do the opposite. Probably you’d like to learn how to get your organisation to embrace, absorb and adapt around new ideas. Most likely you’d like to know how to unlock the potential of your people, liberating them to create, collaborate and deliver. That will take us longer to explain, and in truth, it’s best to explore that in a conversation.