Training Industry Magazine - Spring 2015 - (Page 32)

collaborate to I N N OVAT E B U I L D I N G A N I N N O VA T I O N - F R I E N D LY B U S I N E S S C U LT U R E by BARRY ROSEN & ANDY ATKINS INNOVATION offers the promise of improved efficiency, productivity, quality, competitiveness and market share. It's all about doing things better: how to create exceptional value, imagining and building breakthrough products, and fixing broken processes. The appeal of innovation is compelling, but the effort to create a business culture that's innovation-friendly is hard work - an innovation all its own. Innovation is about taking risks, failing often and introducing disruptive ideas that may scare or unseat others. None of these things are easy in large organizations designed for compliance, steady execution and minimal variability. But leaders of successful businesses have good survival instincts and understand the need to embrace innovation to avoid the legacy of Kodak, Blockbuster, Myspace and other once-dominant players in their competitive industry space. Human resources (HR), organizational development (OD) and learning and development (L&D) professionals can help their leaders chart a path to a culture defined by innovation excellence. Here's a successful framework for beginning this transformation. 32 AN ARCHITECTURE FOR BUILDING AN INNOVATION CULTURE Start building an innovation culture by focusing on three priorities (see Figure 1 on page 34): 1. Direction Setting: Clarifying a vision and realistic strategy for innovation. 2. Commitment Building: Aligning resources and authority necessary to effect change. 3. Capability Transfer: Building a common language and skillset for innovating.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Magazine - Spring 2015

Soft Skills Make Up Vital Part of Corporate Training
Table of Contents
Guest Editor: Leadership: The Artichoke Effect
Focusing on Mindsets and Attitudes
The Importance of Soft Skills For Trainers
Social Simulators Bring Training to Life
The Power of Storytelling in Organizational Development
Leading Change with Resilience
Why Perspective Selling Makes Sense
Harnessing the Power of Teamwork
Collaborate to Innovate: Building an Innovation-Friendly Business Culture
Are You Using the Best Metrics to Evaluate Your Skills Training?
Influencing into the Future
Culture: The Enemy at the Gate of Innovation
Casebook: T-Mobile: Answering the Call for Leadership Development
Leadership is an Inside Job
Vendor Selection Tips for Corporate Sales Training
Checking Your Motivation to Lead
The Real ROI of Leadership Training: Soft Skills Lead to Hard Results
Closing Deals
Company News
What's Online
Training Talk

Training Industry Magazine - Spring 2015