Innovation. Everyone wants it, but many companies consider it a "nice to have" rather than a "must have". Few C-suite executives openly dismiss the effort employees make to do things better and improve upon products and services, but when it comes to putting plans in motion, sometimes the follow-through isn't there. The book "Relentless Innovation: What Works, What Doesn't ‑ And What That Means For Your Business" (McGraw-Hill Professional/available now), chronicles a "usual suspects" list of barriers for innovation. Author Jeffrey Phillips says problems could arise from poor planning, budgeting, scheduling or talent managing. Companies must embrace "breakthrough" practices as valued cornerstones of their corporate culture to overcome these obstacles. To make it all work, a perfect balance must be reached between innovation and the need to keep driving the internal operating model. Phillips leads the innovation consulting team for OVO Innovation, a consulting/training firm. For more about the book, click here. Here we look at what you want to avoid if you want to get the greatest ideas and innovations from your team.
This article was originally published on 02-13-2012