Igniting Innovation: Tips, Sparks and Ideas for Acting on Innovation

Structure and Innovation

Posted by Corie Roudebush Spialek on Oct 13, 2015 10:00:00 AM

I was idea mining for ideas on what to write for today's post and I came across a post from Kanella Aliferis entitled, The 3 Tactics Used to Innovate and Really Stand Out.   

Kanella talks about looking at things from another angle and also, investing in technology, but what stood out to me was how she talked about structure.

cincinnati reds innovationPut some Structure around creating this innovative organization.  Kanella says that just like a baseball team, the innovative organization needs a guide or strategist to make all the elements work together. When you look at an organization as a team the leadership as a coach and the employees as players it is much easier to start to think about innovation systems and structure.  She shares a quote from Forbes that brings it all together, "A Baseball team can buy a lot of highly skilled players and put them on the field but unless the coach gets them to work together, the season will be a disaster."

You invest in your players (employees), spring training (executive education), management and coaches (leaders) but unless you have a plan -you just have a lot of money in a lot of unconnected moving parts. 

Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation, innovation system

Corie Roudebush Spialek

Written by Corie Roudebush Spialek

Corie is the Director of Operations at Eureka! Ranch. She has a superlative attention to detail, yet sees the big picture. She is vigilant at doing the right things – even if they are not the easy thing to do. She’s efficient, persistent, dedicated, and unflinchingly committed to the Ranch and her clients. During her over 14 years with the Ranch she has helped push teams from a diverse group of companies like Jim Beam, Tyson Foods, Walmart, General Mills, Infantino, Public Radio International, National Wildlife Federation, and The Student Conservation Association to new places in their approach to innovation. Corie is a DePauw University graduate who gets the job done with grace and good humor. She and her husband Ed live in Cincinnati, Ohio with their son and twin girls. She is a DePauw University graduate who spends her free time at the pool or on the lake with her husband and three kids.

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