The keynote was on the subject “What are the best practices for executing an innovation strategy?” While Mr. Trimble had a great topic, he did not entirely succeed in engaging his audience. He had a very important main topic, however, that ongoing operations and serious innovation inevitably conflict within organizations; the corollary is that you won’t get major change without changing the organizational model.
- Today’s customers & competitors
- Getting things done on spec, on-budget, and on time
There is great power in repeatability and predictabilities. Innovation is fundamentally incompatible with that. Breaking the rules doesn’t work, because innovators need the “performance engine”; it sounds too much like “no rules.” Strive for mutual respect between performance engine leaders and innovation leaders.