Want to make sure that change happens?

It might be that asking this question may sound like a platitude. Of course! How could I not want my projects of change to be a success?

Well, I’m asking because I very often find managers who say they want to carry out change processes, without really understanding some of the fundamental keys to achieve it.

And so I have my doubts when I hear their intentions.

Many of these managers expect to bring forward change acting like they had been doing beforehand, as if it was only a matter of giving some orders or pressing some magic buttons.

It’s pretty naive to think that it is possible to implement changes without affecting the leader. This is, changing without substantially modifying his own behaviours, beliefs and attitudes, among others. And certainly without bringing under the spotlight his presumptive personal competence in the matter at hand.

Managers who act like this are not aware that in most change processes followers look to the leader to find references on the new required behaviours.

If the leader does not show them, it will be much more difficult for the followers to advance.

And that’s being kind. Continue reading Want to make sure that change happens?

Do managers know that there is a test on innovation?

This morning there was feature in Expansión.com by Montse Mateos titled “Managers fail at innovation.” In the wake of this article that pretty much sums up what happens in Spain, although perhaps being a bit lenient, I discussed my views on the matter, limited to 1000 characters. I attached my comment below, and for a change in style the post will be left reduced to this minimum. And yet I wanted you to know that the title of this post came straight from my soul when I began to reflect on it. Here’s my comment on this article:

“It is obvious that in Spain there is a serious problem with innovation.

Many managers say they love her, but there are few who are willing to let it “affect” them.

The result is that users are putting companies in their place; if the UX is not satisfying, they vote with their feet and seek alternatives.

As the article says, you need to create an innovation culture in which fear is not present, and where the staff is involved in innovation projects to help achieve their innovation goals. For many companies this sounds like music to their ears, for there are few who already have a real strategy on innovation. As long as they don’t develop it, nothing will change, the results will not come, talent will wither, and managers will keep wondering what’s going on.

“Am I perhaps the one who needs to change?”

Well, yes, Mr. Manager. Behaviour change is complex but if you don’t self-innovate, it will be very difficult for you to innovate. ”

And nothing else. To tell you the truth, I find it weird to write so little.

Are we conquering the world? Before we should understand what innovation is about

This week it seems that I’m particularly inspired. It may be because I am about to finish the 2nd revision of the book and I’ll be finally able to send it to reviewers.

I read an article this morning on la Vanguardia that said ‘Spain Gourmet’ is banking on innovation to conquer the Japanese market. And after reading it, I noticed that while I was pleased with it, creativity and innovation were mixed as if they were alternative definitions.

So I sent them my comments, and here they are included. Let’s see if, generating more conversations on the web, we can get innovation to really be put into practice, and not just be a nice term that everyone continues mentioning without really understanding what it means. Ouch!

“It is important for the sake of effectively promote innovation, not to have it confused in communication with creativity.

In the sentence “In this edition of the show creativity prevailed” both concepts are mixed as interchangeable and it is not so.

Creativity is about generating new ideas that add value to the users of the different businesses that elected to exhibit.

Innovation entails so much more instead. It starts with an initial study of trends, reflecting on who is actually the target, what are his needs, which ones are unmet and the satisfaction of which of them is really an opportunity for the company to take advantage.

Then creativity is used to generate an appropriate proposal.

Innovation then proceeds with the implementation, overcoming internal difficulties, especially in conservative businesses, usually family ones, in which tradition has prevailed and not the change that involves starting to innovate.

This being said, congratulations to these companies’ leaders, and those responsible for innovation, for venturing out of their comfort zone. Today history is written… by innovators.”

And nothing else. I’m not sure why, but these days I’d rather write short posts than tweet. Might be the English weather.


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