August 26, 2008

2 main obstacles to innovation – and a solution

Some time ago, I uploaded on slideshare this presentation about 5 reasons why people resist change. In this interesting BusinessWeek article, that I came across through a Innovation Wings posting, I read about 2 main obstacles to innovation within the company:

Obstacle # 1: Fear
"If I try something new and fail, will I lose my job?"

Obstacle # 2: The company’s own structure or processes
"The typical middle manager will always give you 10 reasons why they can't take advantage of a great idea."

In the article I also read about the pilot project as a solution to the obstacles. In other words: Try things out! Doing that will be of benefit to many other people – externally and internally.
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