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Innovating Innovation

With the Innovating Innovation challenge we’re looking for your stories and hacks on how to make innovation a real capability in organizations.  With the Quick MIX, we gave you an easy way to engage and inspire others on a related question: what is the one thing you’d change to make organizations more innovation-friendly?

Like the M-Prize, this process was open to everyone.  The best contributions are being recognized on our blog, on HBR.org, and in the social media channels of the MIX, Harvard Business Review and McKinsey & Company.

What is the one thing you'd change to make organizations more innovation-friendly?

Submitted Ideas

Induce disruption

Idea by Randym Jones on November 28, 2012
Deliberately inducing disruption -- to roles, business models, "common sense" -- is the best way to make your organization more innovation-friendly. By doing so, you jolt your business culture out of the local minimums it tends to fall into. The downside is that doing so creates an unrecoverable cost to the smooth flow of the enterprise: thus it's risk vs. reward. Disruption is scaleless, so it works at all levels. This idea actually underlies many of the other suggestions on this list. Do it!

Replace all mission and vision statements with: "We are here to improve life!"

Idea by Marcelo Michelsohn on November 21, 2012
Most people want to get home after a hard days work and tell their family they did something important. Proud people engage their minds, hearts and hands into creating something bigger than them. Organizations were created to make life better. Let's reinstate that purpose, including all the planet and not only human beings. CEOs should say "We're not here to make cars, refrigerators, shampoo. We're here to improve life. Let's use our knowledge, machinery and network. Dream and prototype!"