Sustainable Growth:

Innovation System

Organization and People

The Heart of Your Innovation Process

By: Vadim Kotelnikov

Founder, Ten3 Business e-Coach Inspiration and Innovation Unlimited!


"No inspiration is worthy until someone takes action to make it work." 

Managing Innovation by Cross-functional Teams Vision & Strategy for Innovation Top Management Team Leading Innovation Culture Supporting Innovation Empowered Employees Driving Innovation Processes, Practices, and Systems Supporting Innovation People Power Sustainable Innovation Organization The Jazz of Innovation Innovation System Vadim Kotelnikov Inspiring Culture Innovation-friendly Organization: Key Components of an Innovative Organizaton

Innovation Practice Tips


  • Break rules and "fail forward" so that change is part of the culture, and little setback is experienced... More

Noble Failure


How To Lead Creative People

By: Max DePree


Innovation Structures

  1. Corporate Structure: Dominant core organizational entities are divisions, which are aggregated into units. Divisions are defined as units having a clear set of customers and competitors.

  2. Divisional Structures: Divisions have profit and loss responsibility. They may be (a) organized as a stand-alone divisions that have effective control over every function required to complete; or (b) focused on a subset of tasks, such as development or marketing.



Organizing for Innovation

In the new era of systemic innovation, innovation is not limited to new products and services. The organization structure itself is an integral part of the innovation process. Leading firms are constantly reorganizing to ensure that the organization conforms to the innovation and other task requirements, rather than the other way around.

"One of the dangers divisions present to innovation is that they can create internal competition that thwarts cooperation and learning within the larger firm." To counterpart this tendency, successful companies apply various strategies such as:

  • rewarding key executive on the company's overall performance (Cisco Systems)

  • establishing councils that operate across business units to force cooperation on key innovations, customers, or markets (Cisco Systems)

  • using cross-divisional councils as platform for defining new technologies and defining business strategy (Cirrus Logic).

10 Commandments of Innovation

Inspire your team. Create an inspiring culture, make business fun... More


The Power of Passion

Establishing an attitude of relentless growth is what enables an organization and its people to achieve their goals. The spirit of relentless growth keeps fresh ideas flowing and reinvigorates your company.

Energizing Employees

"What energizes people is the broader horizon, the excitement of new challenges and big opportunities. When their leaders offer this excitement, people come alive."1

The one-on-one relationships that individual workers have with their managers, and the trust, respect, and consideration that their managers show toward them on a daily basis are also at the core of an energized workforce. "Getting the best out of workers is above all a product of the "softer" side of management - how individuals are treated, inspiried, and challenged to do their best work - and the support, resources, and guidance that is provided by managers to help make exceptional employee performance a reality."2... More

Inspirational Leader: 10 Roles

Balanced Organization: 5 Basic Elements

Wood (Corporate Capabilities):

Teams the Heart of Innovation

In the new era of systemic innovation, it is more important for an organization to be cross-functionally excellent than functionally excellent. Firms which are successful in realizing the full returns from their technologies and innovations are able to match their technological developments with complementary expertise in other areas of their business, such as manufacturing, distribution, human resources, marketing, and customer relationships. To lead these expertise development efforts, cross-functional teams, either formal or informal, need to be formed. These teams can also find new businesses in white spaces between existing business units.


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  1. Relentless Growth, Christopher Meyer

  2. Driving Growth Through Innovation, Robert B. Tucker

  3. Effective Innovation, John Adair

  4. The Leader's Guide To Lateral Thinking Skills, Paul Sloane

  5. The Art of Innovation, Tom Kelley

  6. SMART Innovation, Vadim Kotelnikov

  7. 3 Strategies of Market Leaders, Vadim Kotelnikov

  8. Synergistic Organization, Vadim Kotelnikov

  9. Innovation-friendly Organization

  10. Managing Innovation by Cross-functional Teams

  11. Managing Knowledge Workers

  12. Google's 9 Notions of Innovation

  13. Managing Creativity

  14. Cross-pollination of Ideas

  15. Creative Chaos Environment

  16. Maintaining a Fresh Perspective With Your Employees: 10 Tips

  17. IDEO's Hot Studio System

Innovation Management

Goolge's 9 Notions of Innovation

Systemic Innovation

Continuous Innovation

In-company Ventures

Leading Innovation

Creative Leadership

Creative Leadership DOs and DON'Ts

How To Lead Creative People

Inspirational Leadership

Inclusive Leadership

Idea Management

12 Recommendations for Stimulating Radical Idea Generation

Letting the Best Ideas Win

Techniques for Fast Idea Evaluation and Decision Making

Idea Evaluation By Weighted Criteria

Idea Evaluation: 42 Perceptual Positions

Innovation System

Innovation-Adept Culture

Strategic Alignment

Organization and People

Innovation Process

Innovation Metrics

Case Studies