One thing I've observed in practice is that no matter how good the software is, the initiative fails if the wrong team leads it. Not only is time and money wasted, but the odds are stacked against a similar effort succeeding in the future. Therefore, when recruiting a team for leading the ideas initiative, include the following questions in the selection process:
2. Trusted and respected by different levels of staff?
3. Aware of your company culture, how your organisation thinks and gets things done?
4. Strong project management skills?
5. Track record of getting things done successfully?
6. Willingness to stick their neck out?
7. Credible from a senior stakeholder perspective?
8. Has an understanding of the principles of innovation and strategy?
Don’t compromise! Staff it properly. If necessary, provide coaching and support, and bring in external help.
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Director of 3inno