A couple of interesting blog posts on Innovation this morning. The first comes to us from the Innovate on Purpose blob written by Jeffrey Phillips. It examines the "innovation gap" between senior executives and their teams. Basically, it argues that senior executives become locked in with their current processes to a large degree and also become doubtful that their ogranizations have the wherewithal to be nimble enough to innovate. Mr. Phillips woudl argue that they are underestimating their Company's employees abilities and perhaps even more importantly - willingness to innovate. The post contains the rather provocative statement that firms that had experienced innovation success "had as little involvement from senior management as possible." Wow!
Seth Godin also writes on the topic of senior management in his blog today. He notes that senior managers tend to remember what got them where they are - but [too] slowly discover that the things that got you into power are no longer dependable. The paradox, he notes, is that by the time you are senior, the decisions that matter the most would best be made by people who are junior (more close to the action and trends).
Like I say, provocative.
Posted by Bruce Lehr August 26th 2010.