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 Culture and Team



The Heart of Your Innovation Process

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

Innovation Structures

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

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 compete; or (b) focused on a subset of tasks, such as development or

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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.

Divisions can take responsibility for the entire innovation process from  generating new ideas through to prototyping and beta testing while reporting in-market successes  and profits.  Yet, divisions may also present some dangers to innovation. For instance, instead of constructive competition, they can create destructive 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).

Building Innovation Into Your Organization

Success depends on both what you do and how you do it. There are specific elements that help you and your company to be more innovative. It's  a blend of Culture , methodologies, infrastructure, innovation structures, and work practices... More

Top Management Team Leading Innovation

CEO acts as a Chief Inspiration Office. Each member of the Management Team has responsibilities in functional areas but cross-functional systemic innovation is also supported... More

Climate for Innovation

Management's task is to generate the right climate that encourages experimentation, creativity, rule-breaking, and individualism. Avoid rigid management that rules out experiment and trial and error... More

Develop and Innovative Workforce

Everyone can be more creative and innovative if inspired, trained and encouraged. Start with 'Why' ‒ inspire people, engage, energize and  empower everyone. Establish a culture of questioning,   creative dissatisfaction and relentless growth... More

Creating a Culture for Innovation

Corporate Culture is important for success. The  question is how culture can drive successful innovation, and what corporate leaders can do to establish the kind of culture that leads to creative dissatisfaction with the status quo and truly innovative behavior... More

Effective Innovation Structures

Most organization use multiple structural models to drive innovation efforts.

C-level and leadership support is a key driver of success of an innovation function.

Cross-Functional Teams Mapping the Innovation Road

In the new era of Systemic Innovation, it is more important for an organization to be cross-functionally excellent than functionally excellent. 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... More

10 Commandments of Innovation

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

Attitude of Relentless Growth

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... More

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, inspired, 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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Steve Jobs advice quotes

When I hire somebody really senior, the real issue for me is, Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself.

Steve Jobs


Bill Gates advice

Pick good people,
use small teams,
give them excellent tools.

Bill Gates


Richard Branson business advice quotes

Colleagues should take care of each other, have fun, celebrate success, learn by failure, look for reasons to praise not to criticise, communicate freely and respect each other.

Richard Branson


IDEO Tom Kelley creativity innovation quotes

Play with your physical workplace in a way

that sends positive "body language" to employees and visitors.

Tom Kelley


Charles Schwab advice quotes

All successful employers are stalking men who will do the unusual, men who think, men who attract attention by performing more than is expected of them.

Charles Schwab

Schwab Inc.

Max DePree quotes

Innovation is the lifeblood of an organization. Protect unusual people from bureaucracy and legalism typical of organizations.  >>>

De Pree

Michael Dell advice

In taking Dell private, we plan to go back to our roots, focusing on the entrepreneurial spirit that made Dell one of the fastest-growing and most successful companies in history.

Michael Dell

Dell Inc.

Set Godin advice

For the first time ever, everyone in an organization not just the boss

is expected to lead.

Set Godin



  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

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