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:
- Gemba Kaizen innovation (innovation at the workface is a daily activity) which focuses on improving internal processes as a daily activity.
- 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.
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 Kaizen. There are eight different types of waste that need minimising.
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. Their five step model is 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.
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 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