Monday, December 12, 2005

Innovation is everywhere

Today was the day to be social... besides quite a hard work to come up with an innovative presentation of the 2006 business plan for one of the clients, I've been talking quite a bit today... yet, sooner or later the conversations leaded to innovation... it is quite unbelievable how fast is this buzz word penetrating the jargon of all sort of interest groups and business tribes...lets go through today’s events … first it was challenged by Andrej while we were clarifying our new innovative hot idea on how to increase the success rate of joint ventures and acquisitions, than Amadea (she is this year holder of the Feniks award for the consulting project of the year – Vibacom got it last year) who I had an conversation on innovative business models that we used in our consulting work: did we need our own models or could we transfer and adjust other best practices in an innovative way to our business space? Than I've talked to the president of one of our funds for young music talents and he mentioned that they were searching for a good lecturer on social innovation and civil society, than I've talked at the new year event of the Managers Association of Slovenia with several managers what to do to increase the innovation consciousness of the daily corporate life? Innovation is everywhere…So, more I think about it more I realized that the movement has started… what is lacking now are tools, best practices, models, methodologies proven to lead to the realization of innovation as a strategic orientation and collective consciousness … So, let’s move... let’s start creating it from the real life and not wait for academics to do the first step... we just need to uncover it... innovation is such a natural human behavior...

5 comments:

Darko said...

I wander whether Participatory Design (PD) as an antithesis to traditional design can help to develop individual motivation more than the traditional one. Furthermore, the PD is principally focused on the relationships between technology and human activity and is concerned with the way in which work activities are supported by current technologies. Nowadays more and more managers are aware of the fact that workers are a prime source of innovation, that ideas arise in collaboration with participants from diverse backgrounds, and that technology is but one option in addressing emergent problems.
Today’s world is one of the “knowledge economies”. Fair processes turn out to be a powerful management tool for companies struggling to make the transition from production-based to knowledge-based economy. Although one knows how command and control management works in an industrial company, there is no working template for a truly democratic system of management – one suited to the knowledge workers need for self determination and self-government to support original ambitions of workplace democracy. PD might be the adequate model which motivates employees to unleash their hidden potentials

Violeta said...

The point you have raised opens a very important topic concerning human interactions and what makes us think… To explore even further your opening statement… I believe that PD at this stage of our social development is playing a crucial role… it helps to bring people together and in an organized way challenge our thoughts, face different opinions and allow a creation of new, with direct human interaction and exchange of energies… »You need to see the cat first in order to understand the picture of the cat« as one of my favorite professors would say (Jose Santos).. Deep inside we are social creatures … we are able to bring the best out of us when engaged in interaction with others…

Darko said...

Yes Violeta, this is the point… More and more companies are forced to concentrate on their own ecosystems because of rapid changes and ambiguity that happen in the world. One of the central managerial challenges of our time is how to motivate employees. Most of our current motivational programmes are firmly anchored in industrial age, when employees were basically a form of rented property, and not company’s core assets, or even investments, as they increasingly are today.
Organizations are searching ways to decrease costs and improve their productivity, quality, and competitive position while enhancing employee performance and job satisfaction. In order to achieve these outcomes, the programmes of employee involvement encourage individual participation as to identify, analyze, and propose solutions to problems interfering with organizational effectiveness.
It is believed that it is possible to establish the structures, processes, conditions and attitudes through which things get done. However, a collaborative mindset is required. Getting into a truly collaborative mindset means getting beyond empowerment into commitment. Middle managers are an important link between top management and other employees and their motivation is one of the preconditions for constant improvement and reaching a company’s objectives.

Violeta said...

…. and in order for the structure to be effective it should be based on core values and competences of the echosystem… which are unique, different, non-repeatable….

Rick Campbell said...

I'm following your blog for a while. love to read it. And I like that you are very open to all the online technologies. Maybe some day you will write a review of data room virtual . Regards!