Creating the Conditions for Success
Throughout this reading the focus emphasized how to not only lead in innovation, but how to set up the right conditions to have success in innovation. As we have read in other articles, the conditions for success are just as important, if not more important, than the actual change or innovation. The authors focus on how to create an environment for success, how to develop a cohesive team, and how to scan the environment to identify viable areas for innovation. One important point the authors emphasized was the role of the leader in having skills in the areas of creativity, forecasting, critical thinking, strategy formulation and technical skills.
As I was reading the article I noticed certain focuses that were similar to the writing by Kotter, “Leading Change.” The authors of “Creating the Conditions for Success,” emphasized the option of engaging people through focusing on a sense of urgency, which is a similar to “Error 1: Not Establishing Enough Sense of Urgency.” Both readings identify the use of urgency as a motivating factor in creating change or supporting efforts in innovation. There were other similarities such as “Error 2: Not Creating a Powerful Guiding Coalition” and the focus on developing a leadership team.
After reading “Creating the Conditions for Success,” what types of leadership do you think would be most beneficial in leading innovation? The authors stated that shared leadership is essential for success, as expertise is a main factor, and one leader typically does not have all areas of expertise for a project, and therefore needs a team of diverse individuals with varying areas of expertise for a project.
How have you seen leaders in organizations encourage innovation? Were they successful? If so, what did they demonstrate in the process? If not, what could they have done differently to successful create a climate for innovation and change? After reading about all of the factors that are key to successful innovation, what are your thoughts on who can lead innovation?
I found the article very interesting, and informative. As the authors focused on each area necessary for success, it made me think of different situations where innovation was an option, and how these factors came into the effort, and how successful the organization was in innovation. What I felt really impacted me in the reading, was the key role of the leader in innovation, and how without a successful leader, it will be hard to have a successful climate for innovation. I found this was demonstrated in the arguments on creating a leadership team, managing, evaluating internal and external environmental factors, creating a climate for success, and getting the political buy-in and support for innovation and success. What parts of the process do you find most important in creating “conditions for success?”