Innovation: How the Millennial Manager can unleash its potential

Never has there been a better time to unleash innovation in your organisation. There is a perfect storm that offers: an unprecedented amount of talented and entrepreneurial young people; accessible technology- many of it for free; and a colliding of ground-breaking knowledge which gives us a clear route forward; and customers who are accessible, around the world, because they are only a few clicks away from ordering.

However there are six common barriers to innovation that need to be understood and surmounted.


There are two types of innovation, and understanding the difference is paramount for the successful introduction:

  1. Gemba Kaizen innovation (innovation at the workface is a daily activity) which focuses on improving internal processes as a daily activity.
  2. Blue ocean innovation where an organisation moves away from the cut throat, dog eat dog bloody red oceans of competition to the clear, calm and rewarding waters.

The Millennial Manager’s Innovation Toolkit

This working guide will penetrate into the great work of Jeffery Liker, The Toyota Way, Masaaki Imai author of Kaizen and his follow-up book Gemba Kaizen, and show you how you can move towards Toyota’s amazing achievement of 10 innovations per employee per year worldwide. There are ten basic rules for practising KaizenThere are eight different types of waste that need minimising. There are four foundation stones for Kaizen implementation.

The working guide will also go into the brilliant work of W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne authors of Blue Ocean Strategy, and their follow-up book, Blue Ocean Shift.  Kim and Mauborgne’s five step Blue Ocean model revisited and clarified.

The great paradigm shifters, Peter Drucker, Tom Peters, Jack Welch, Gary Hamel have also talked, for some time, about the significance of innovation and how to increase your odds of success. The key lessons are extracted and listed for easy absorption. Peter Drucker’s Advice on five areas of innovation are separately identified. As is his advice on abandonment being the source of innovation.

A major change of culture requires an understanding of the psychology of selling and leading change. John Kotter’s eight step “selling and leading change” process have been further enhanced with Zaffron and Logan’s Three Laws of Performance that offers a more in-depth look at the psychology of change.

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A Look inside the Innovation working guide:

Contents page

A perfect storm 2

Understanding Gemba Kaizen Innovation 3

  • Housekeeping 3
  • Waste elimination 5
  • Visual management 7
  • Adopting winning methods 7

Blue Ocean Innovation 8

The five-step Blue Ocean Shift Model 9

  • Step 1: Get started 9
  • Step 2: Understand Where You Are Now 18
  • Step 3: Imagine where you could be 22
  • Step 4: Find how you get there 24
  • Step 5: Choose and make the blue ocean move 28

Selling and Leading Change. 31

  • Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan 31
  • Harry Mills’ Self Persuasion 32
  • John Kotter’s Leading Change 32
  • Selling A BOS Project to the Senior Management Team 33
  • Learn to Sell by Using the Emotional Drivers of the Buyer 34
  • The Elevator Speech 34
  • Deliver a Compelling Burning Platform Presentation 35

Wisdom from the great management thinkers. 37

  • Peter Drucker’s Lessons on Innovation 38
  • Jim Collins’s Lessons for Innovation 42
  • Jack Welch’s Lessons for Innovation 42
  • Thomas Peters and Robert Waterman’s Lessons for Innovation 43
  • Gary Hamel’s Lessons for Innovation 43
  • Jeremy Hope’s Lessons for Innovation 44
  • Tom Peters’ Lessons for Innovation 44


  • Establishing a BOS Project Team Checklist 48
  • Establishing BOS Team Questionnaire 50
  • BOS Team 360-Degree Questionnaire 53
  • “Just Do It” Culture and Process Checklist 55
  • Job Description for the BOS Team Leader 56
  • Skills and experience 56
  • Workshop Preparation Checklist 58
  • Guidelines to Running Workshops 60

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