Dead Reckoning

The Classic Mismatch: Expectations for Innovation from Different Levels in the Organization

Business leaders and consultants have been talking about the importance of working across functions to improve innovation performance, for decades. But lack of alignment across levels of the organization is just as problematic for innovation, if not more so.

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Measurement for breakthrough projects – Practitioner’s Dispatch Series

With this post, we’re excited to launch the Practitioner’s Dispatch, a new series featuring innovation practitioners’ battle-tested advice on common problems. First up is Stewart Witzeman, who has more than 30 years of experience in innovation management. We asked him to give you his best advice on measurement for breakthrough projects.

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Communication is Job 1 of your innovation measurement system

I heard an innovation leader at a Fortune 100 company remark recently, “There are lots of jobless innovation managers out there who will tell you—’if I knew then what I know now, I would have communicated better.’” I hadn’t thought of it quite that starkly before, but I have always thought communication is overlooked as a skill for innovation managers.

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