Most CIOs recognize that innovation is important for long-term survival. Yet many of them create conditions that mostly stifle innovation, according to Justin Mennen, CIO of managed IT services company CompuCom. In part one of a two-part interview with The Enterprisers Project, he explains what most companies get wrong, and how to get it right.
The Enterprisers Project (TEP): How have you been successful at creating a culture of innovation in large organizations?
Mennen: There are numerous models and frameworks to help organizations on their innovation journeys. While all can provide valuable insight, I prefer to keep it simple and clear. First, what is innovation? Innovation to me is delivering on a new idea.
In order to create a culture of innovation, all levels of the organization should feel they have the ability to deliver on new ideas, and they should understand the direct link between that innovation and the overall strategy and vision of the company. This requires a change in the mindset…