Innovation isn’t just one person’s job. A highly innovative company makes innovation the norm throughout the organization, from top to bottom.
Watch most organizations operate and you’ll find that innovation typically emerges from one of three sources: From either the founder/owner (if it’s a small business); from similarly small and informal groups of engaged, frontline employees who grapple with, and solve, ad-hoc problems on the fly; or from formal project teams which are specifically convened and mandated to work on a specific problem or issue.
You’d expect, therefore, that truly outstanding organizations–those that innovate consistently and at a high level, like, say, Apple, Disney, Nike or Valve–got that way by increasing those three innovation sources over time.
Interestingly, in most cases, that’s not so.
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