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Why innovation and continuous improvement fails

27-Oct-2016

"I am so frustrated." The CEO told me. "We have been trying to develop a culture of ‘innovation’ and continous improvement for over 2 years now. We gave our managers a challenge. To innovate by getting their teams to develop new products, new services or new ways of adding value to our customers. Nothing happened. So we suggested that they simply improve the way they do things and get better every day."

He continued by sharing everything that they as leaders had done. They had:

  • Set up an Innovation department.
  • Developed IT systems for logging innovative ideas.
  • Identified and trained up innovation champions.
  • Set up ways of assessing ideas.
  • Set up a rewards programme for the most innovative ideas.

"So why," he vented "why has no one actually achieved anything of value or improved anything under either our innovation and continous improvement programme?"

5 Reasons why innovation and continuous improvements fail.

Here are 5 reasons why innovation and continous improvement programmes in organizations fail.

1. People don't have the time or intellectual space to think, explore and learn.


Most of us simply don't have the time or space to think - let alone innovate.

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Many managers I speak to complain that up to 60% of their time is spent in meetings. The rest of their time is allocated to organizing, following up on others, responding to other's requests or writing reports.

They barely get enough time to do their own work.

If they are also expected to innovate, they try to squeeze in 'innovation' somewhere in between a number of meetings.

Innovation and thinking is part of the multi-tasking they do - slipped inbetween writing a report or following up on tasks they have delegated to others.


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