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Innovation: The people dimension

There is a reason that innovation begins with the letter ''I" and yet often when we think about innovation we are stuck in discussing policies and practices rather than tapping into the human potential that ultimately drives all innovation.
We keep asking people to think outside the box rather than getting rid of the box altogether. We want them to push the edge of our thinking and doing but are quick to retreat into safe and secure spaces of mediocrity at the first sign of discomfort.
We keep asking people to think outside the box rather than getting rid of the box all together. We want them to push the edge of our thinking and doing but are quick to retreat into safe and secure spaces of mediocrity at the first sign of discomfort.
"We say we want to be at the cutting edge of things without enough recognition that the cutting edge is also the bleeding edge and we have to be prepared to make sacrifices to sustain that cutting edge be that in terms of developing patience around our obsessions with immediate Return on Investment (ROI) or adopting a learning goal orientation versus a performance goal orientation. The path of innovation is not for the faint hearted."
We often talk about wanting innovation with very little discussion around what would take to get us to that innovative space where ideas can flow and true innovation can unfold. In #ihrchat - Asia's first trending twitter chat for leaders (www.ihrchat.com), this month we tackle the innovation agenda with a focus on the people dimension. I am delighted to welcome Stephen Shapiro - the award-winning author of innovation 24/7 and Best practices are stupid as well as Harvard Business Review blogger - to the chat.
I do hope you can join us and if you can't I will be publishing the highlights in Live Mint Wall Street journal but to get the full chat and details on future chats you can subscribe to the newsletter at http://www.ihrchat.com/#signup
Here are the questions the community will tackle:
1. How do you define innovation ?
2. Is there a difference between creativity and innovation ?
3. What drives innovation within the firm ?
4. What are the competencies and mindset of an innovator ?
5. What are some of the common mistakes that organizations make when trying to innovate ?
6. How do we get around people who are out to kill innovation ?
7. What is an ideal metric for measuring innovation.
Read the chat summary at LiveMint and Storify.
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