Are You Innovative Enough? Learn how to measure your past and present!

20 11 2012

By now you have an opinion about corporate innovation.  It may have been developed by research, reading or experience.  Whatever your focus, be prepared to take your knowledge to the next level.  Make way for an innovation about the most critical concept surrounding your company’s sustainability and growth.

The bottom line is that regardless if your appreciation for product, process, disruptive or breakthrough innovation, your company needs to consistently innovate.  But how can you tell if it is effective? In order to look at your company with a clear set of innovation-goggles, you need an effective process of analyzing your culture.

Introducing Corporate Dendochronology:  The study of historical corporate events by comparing and analyzing the successive growth rings of departments, divisions or companies. Each corporate innovation represents a potential “ring” to be added to the original core operation.  As you add successive and concentric circles, a historical picture is created that represents the culture of innovation.

At Eye-Cubed University, when you ace Corporate Dendochronology, you graduate with a clear understanding of your organization’s innovative patterns. You will know if it is time to replicate your success or immediately ignite the innovative fire under your team.

As you know, an Eye-Cubed company must evolve or perish.  Evolution is chronological and analyzed accordingly.   This exercise works for departments, divisions or the entire organizations.   Use this analysis as a means to understand innovations within the core operations as well as your innovations outside the core operations.

  1. List in chronological order, every innovation or evolutionary moment that you can identify throughout the history of the department, division or company.  Make sure that you include successful innovations as well as those that failed or have become obsolete.
  2. Divide your list into two groups.  One list should contain all of the innovations associated with or derived from the original core operation. The second list should include all innovations or initiatives that were clearly outside the core operations and were totally new ventures.
  3. Draw the rings of your tree and label each appropriately.
  4. Each new venture (outside the core) is drawn as a separate circle (labeled accordingly) apart from the original core.  These innovations outside the fringe should be analyzed independently from the core operations using this exercise.
  5. Each year, track ALL innovations and changes taking place throughout your department, division or organization.  Keep that list as a reference.
  6. At the close of each year, add rings to your tree/core that represent any of the innovations, concepts are initiatives that are continuing and will have a significant impact on your future growth.

The cornerstone of success, growth and sustainability is innovation.  Yet without a process to measure it, you, your team and your company will be vulnerable to the elements pushing against your operation every day.  Dendochronology offers the Eye-Cubed executive with a science to employ on an ongoing basis.  It is with the knowledge gained that one can effectively lead your Eye-Cubed organization into the future.

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