The Five Most Common Innovation Mistakes

Killing Your Innovation Lab and Initiatives

The Bullet Points

#1. The Blighted Brainstorm Bash

Tip: Never start with brainstorming. Brainstorming actually comes in the middle of the innovation process.

Tip: Never start with brainstorming. Brainstorming actually comes in the middle of the innovation process.

#2. Launching Without Leaders

Fact: Without the support of top leaders and connection to strategic imperatives, innovation labs and initiatives will never take flight.

Fact: Without the support of top leaders and connection to strategic imperatives, innovation labs and initiatives will never take flight.

#3. Failure to Manage Middle Management

Tip: When a top leader calls for innovation, immediately bring middle management into the fold.

Tip: When a top leader calls for innovation, immediately bring middle management into the fold.

#4. Expecting Instantaneous Innovation

Fact: Innovation outcomes come from an innovation process that ends in an innovative outcome.

Fact: Innovation outcomes come from an innovation process that ends in an innovative outcome.

#5. Massacring the Messenger

Tip: Train yourself and your team to pause, breathe, and listen to the authentic information and feedback that comes from a well-run innovation project.

Tip: Train yourself and your team to pause, breathe, and listen to the authentic information and feedback that comes from a well-run innovation project.

Bonus: Nobody Knows Nothing

Tip: Learn to notice the novel! If something seems unusual, practice stopping to take a moment to be curious about it.

Tip: Learn to notice the novel! If something seems unusual, practice stopping to take a moment to be curious about it.

Karen wants to help design and launch your innovation lab!

With over two decades of leadership and innovation experience, Dr. Karen Tilstra is one of the leading experts on innovation labs and the Design Thinking innovation process.

 

She has served as the innovation architect for innovation labs across multiple industries: health care, higher education, professional sports, nonprofits, and corporations.

 

Together with her team, she will work with you to build an innovation lab perfectly tailored to the needs of your organization.

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