Assessments and Consulting to Create a Culture of Innovation

Create a culture of innovation for your organization through proven assessments and culture change strategies.

Do you want a culture of innovation? Do you need to bust silos, foster collaboration, and drive value creation across the organization?

Just about everyone wants to be more innovative. But organizations define “innovation” differently. Some see it as introducing new products, while others measure innovation success in terms of new services, customer experiences, business models or internal practices. And while some organizations are widely revered as “innovative” (everybody wants to know the secrets of Apple, Google and other high fliers), many continually struggle to find their stride.

All companies, whether they are successful with innovation or not, have one thing in common: they have their own “personalities”, their own particular organizational culture – the shared experiences, values, norms, assumptions and beliefs that shape individual and group behavior, and that (for better or for worse) impact their success with innovation.

We wrote the book on innovation culture – literally. The Invisible Advantage has been profiled by Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, USA Today, and in other media.

We help our clients build innovation cultures through assessments, consulting engagements, leadership development programs, and by building broad-based employee training programs.

Our Innovation Culture Assessments uncover the deeper barriers and untapped opportunities for driving greater innovation and business growth. Through customized surveys and in-depth interviews, we create a map of your organization’s culture that creates the basis for action-oriented programs designed to pull the various strategic and tactical levers necessary for shifting culture. These levers include:

  • Strategy and Business Model – The organization’s explicit (or implicit) functional design, and strategies for competing and growing given the external environment
  • Leadership – How the organization’s leaders influence strategic direction and day-to-day operations, both through explicit communications and their more subtle behaviors
  • Processes – How strategies are executed and how work is accomplished through day-to-day practices and interactions, both internally – and externally-focused. This can be very broad, and includes: the ways the company interacts with its customers/ consumers; the ways various internal functions/departments interact relative to innovation; the ways information is shared; the ways employees contribute new ideas; the ways ideas are prioritized, tested, developed, killed off, and implemented
  • Structures – The formal/informal organizing principles and functional designs (both internal and external) that enable (or inhibit) collaboration and guide employee behavior
  • People – The skillsets and mindsets of individuals who work together, including employees, external partners and suppliers, etc. This has implications for hiring and training
  • Metrics, Incentives, Recognition & Rewards – The formal and informal measures that drive the kinds of innovation-related behaviors an organization wants to see from individuals, teams and departments. An unhealthy tension often exists between longer-term corporate aspirations and short-term metrics
  • Enabling Technology – Capabilities and tools (e.g., internet-based collaboration/ communications tools, idea management or idea competition applications, etc.), that allow employees (and external partners and customers) to connect, share knowledge, and innovate

To foster sustainable business growth, today’s leaders must take a proactive role in fostering an organizational culture by pulling the levers that drive strategic innovation.