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29 May 2012

Good Hair Day

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Innovation - Individual Characteristics

Last week I wrote about what it means to be innovating and what is needed. Today I will look at the individual characteristics of what you need to be innovating.

To be an effective innovator you need:

1.  To know what you want to achieve, don't worry just yet about how to achieve them it will come.

2.  To define clearly the aims and benefits of the project.

3.  To argue the case for the project persuasively.

4.  To get support not only from your boss/investors but also from your staff and colleagues. 

5.  Courage to take calculated risks and not give in when the inevitable setbacks occur.

6.  To be great at getting people into action

7.  Be able to get things done.

8.  The ability to handle opposition or interference on the project.

9.  Be able to maintain momentum and not loose enthusiasm in more tedious work.

All of these aspects are important and if you recognize that you are unable to do some of these things, don't worry you can always hire someone that can cover the ones you can't, if that is not in play learn how to deligate to the correct people.

Next week I will talk a bit about what characteristics organizations need to be innovating.

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Innovation

Innovation is the life-blood of an organization. There is nothing so stultifying to a company - or the people in it - as a belief that the old ways must be the best ways. An Organization which tries to stand still will not surive. And this I see everyday in business around me. They work hard to get to a certain point and then theys it back and relax, unfortunetly it does not work that way. 

Innovation requires a blend of creativity, clear thinking and the ability to get things done. It requires thinkers and doers to work closely together. Management or Owners must create a climate in which staff have the scope to develop new ideas and the resources to implement them.

The success of innovative projects, therfore, can be seen to depend on two things:

1. The Characteristics of the individual manager and

2. The Climate of the Business.

Next week I will talk a bit more about innovation and what individual charactaristics is needed to be an effective innovator.

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16 May 2012

Behind The Mask

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Why Things Go Wrong

The main reasons for things going wrong are:

1. Inability to learn from mistakes

2. Sheer incompetence through over promotion

3. Poor selction, inadequate training

4. Over-confidence

5. Under-confidence

6. Laziness

7. Lack of foresight

What can you do about it?

1. Mistakes will happen. The unforgivalbe thins is to make the same mistake twice. Learn from your mistakes by analysing what went wrong.

2&3 This is something you should minimize in your subordinates by a constant drive to improve selction and performance standards and by training and coaching aimed at correcting specified weaknesses.

4. This is the most difficult problem to eradicate. Mistakes occur because you are so certain that you know all the answers that no attempt is made to foresee or take care of the unexpected. Over-confident people tend to have tunnel vision not taking notice of what is happening on either side or beyond.

5. This can be overcome as long as the individual is fundamentally competent. Mentorship works well here.

6. No one would ever admit to being lazy. But they do exist, either because they are naturally indolent or they have not been given sufficient leadership and a well-defined roll in the business. If you have such a staff member give them the boot, it cannot be tolerated. 

7. This is a common reason for mistakes. You must try to anticipate all the eventualities and make contingency plans accordingly. You may not get it right every time, but you will at least be better prepared if thought has been given to some of the eventualities. 

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