How to become one of the companies that are transforming the world, by R.M. Kanter

Jun 17 2009

“Inspirational leadership makes innovation work”

Highlights

  • Innovation travels from one place to another.
  • The spirit is to create something that will endure.
  • Innovation is a hot topic today.
  • Innovation is the only way we are going out of recession.
  • If you want new ideas you have to be open to all kind of ideas.

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There are 5 lessons essential to innovation, called “The 5 Fs”

1st: Focus

  • They should be highly focused, but not focused on their business portfolio.
  • They should be focused in a mission that unites the entire company for innovation.

2nd: Flexible

  • Flexibility means to be flexible with respect to rules and processes. Every company needs to have the flexibility to take their own course separate from the rules that had been established.
  • The lack of flexibility kills innovation more than anything else.
  • Without flexlibility there is no innovation.
  • Before becoming the right idea is someone’s crazy idea competing.
  • If an idea looks really good means that we understand it, which in turn means it’s not so innovative.

3rd: Fast

  • Companies should not bound to large hierarchys.
  • “We don’t want boureaucracy anymore”.
  • Companies should be more organized around projects than around bosses.
  • You have to move fast because of the flexibility. Any team has a focus, every team that is flexible can move quickly, then they start to operate like companies, without burocracy.
  • Everyone can and should self-organize.
  • If you want to move fast you want everyone on your company to volunteer.

4th: Friendly

  • It stands for collaboration.
  • In order to success people have to enlight partnerships, internal and external.
  • CEOs have to suspend their egos.
  • Any company willing to learn from its parters is gonna get the best.

5th: Fun

  • If it’s not fun to go through demands of innovation, nobody’s gonna do it.
  • If the organizational culture doesn’t make it fun, it won’t succeed. It’s motivation that makes work fun.

Other highlights:

  • Kanter’s Law: any project can look like a failiure in the middle. Specially when the ideas are very new. Persisting and persevering is the only way to get through it.
  • One of the secrets of innovation is innovators have more success but also more failure, and that is just because they tried more.
  • Every innovation often requires secondary innovations to get the primary innovation off the ground: innovation is also important in the processes and not just in the product.
  • Innovation never drops itself in.
  • People won’t let business stay without values.
  • The thinking should be “I have two jobs: one at .. and the other to save the world”.
  • ”Be the change that you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi.

Extract by Josep Oriol Ayats and Guillem Mateos.


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R. Moss Kanter: How to become a company that transforms the world

May 20 2009

Grand declarations about innovation are followed by mediocre execution that produces anemic results

Rosabeth Moss Kanter is the first speaker of the Innovation Plenary Congress, the meeting summit where internationally renowned speakers will share key opinions on the effective innovation strategies.

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Internationally recognized business leader, author and consultant in business and government transformation, her strategic and practical insights have guided leaders of large and small organizations worldwide for over 25 years, through teaching, writing, and direct consultation to major corporations and governments. Moss Kanter  especially highlights, as you can read in the interview published in Working Knowledge, what companies can do to avoid the innovation traps that snare so many:

Innovation seems to be rediscovered in each managerial generation (about every six years) as a fundamental way to enable new growth. But each generation seems to have forgotten or never learned the mistakes of the past, so we see classic traps repeated over and over again.

Errors such as  “burying innovation teams under too much bureaucracy, treating the innovators as more valued corporate citizens than those who work in the current business, and hiring leaders who don’t have the relationship and communications skills necessary to foster innovation. And too often executives lack courage—they call for innovation but then pull the plug on every idea brought their way. Companies need a culture and way of working that emphasizes flexibility and attention to relationships across areas.”
“Managers at companies like IBM, Seagate, Williams-Sonoma, P&G and Gillete, have learned the innovation lessons of the past. They strike the right balance between getting the highest returns from current activities and investing in new growth, they create organizational flexibility, and they foster communication and relationships.”

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Currently, Rosabeth Moss Kanter is working closely with a number of global companies that set high standards for themselves.  She is looking to see how they develop those standards, how they apply them to every business function, and how they use them to raise the standards of the countries in which they operate. She is also currently the chair of a Harvard University group that aims to help successful leaders at the top of their professions apply their skills to addressing challenging national and global problems.

Professor Kanter is the author or co-author of 17 books, which have been translated into 17 languages.  Her 18th book will appear in August 2009, under the tentative title, The Vanguard: How Principle-Led Companies are Changing the World of Business (and Maybe the World).

Professor Kanter has been named to lists of the “50 most powerful women in the world” (Times of London), and the “50 most influential business thinkers in the world” (Accenture and Thinkers 50 research). In 2001, she received the Academy of Management’s Distinguished Career Award for her scholarly contributions to management knowledge, and in 2002 was named “Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year” by the World Teleport Association.
Rosabeth Kantor goes into leading-edge corporations, learns from them and then serves up what she’s learnt in nicely digestible messages for the rest of us.