Archive for the ‘Organisation Culture’ Category

Oh, I have been suffering from a serious writers block the past few weeks. And I thought, I must break this one way or another. I am yet to complete my series on Re(i)nnovation….and I will..sooner than later.

In the meanwhile, here is a survey with a list of teasing questions – to test your innovation quotient.

What is your InQ?

Read on…or jump to the survey.

Innovation has garnered more headlines recently as one of the core processes that every organization must nurture in order to retain its viability. Innovation in an organization goes beyond simply responding to change—it creates change in the environment that other organizations must respond to, and therefore can become a sustainable competitive advantage.

Many organizations employ a top down approach to innovation. Strategy is formulated at the top along with the major initiatives for achieving it. Some of these initiatives will be innovative in nature, related to the development of an innovative process, product or service. Top down approaches may solicit input from deeper in the organization, but the formulation of the innovative ideas remains at the top. Hybrid approaches create a structure in the middle of the organization that encourages innovations from the bottom up and works to shape them into viable business ideas.

To find out which end of the paradigm you are in, we formulated a simple set of 20 questions. These questions are more focussed towards the intrinsic fabric of your organisation, to assess your weft and weave; they are not meant to determine what course of action you must take, or what you should do. It is merely a set of questions, the answers to which will determine if you are indeed a Star Innovator, or a Spectator, or a Seeker!

Take the survey here. We will compile your answers, and email you the results together with a comparative organisation assessment of your Innovation Quotient (InQ). ALL FOR FREE!!

Don’t reserve your best business thinking for your career.
Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

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Editor’s Note: When the members of the class of 2010 entered business school, the economy was strong and their post-graduation ambitions could be limitless. Just a few weeks later, the economy went into a tailspin. They’ve spent the past two years recalibrating their worldview and their definition of success.

The students seem highly aware of how the world has changed (as the sampling of views in this article shows). In the spring, Harvard Business School’s graduating class asked HBS professor Clay Christensen to address them—but not on how to apply his principles and thinking to their post-HBS careers. The students wanted to know how to apply them to their personal lives. He shared with them a set of guidelines that have helped him find meaning in his own life. Though Christensen’s thinking comes from his deep religious faith, we believe that these are strategies anyone can use. And so we asked him to share them with the readers of HBR. (more…)

Much has been written about corporate culture, and much more will. There are studies, dissertations, discussions and many examples out there of good and bad corporate culture. Still, what is ‘good’ to some is ‘bad’ to others and vice-versa. Which leaves the rest of us in a pickle and we ask “is corporate culture subjective, and based on shifting perceptions, alliances, moods, and market share?” (more…)