Innovation is the top priority in every global survey of CEOs - and yet few organizations are truly innovative. So, why is leading innovation so difficult?
First, human beings have survived as a species by avoiding uncertainty and today those predispositions are hard-wired into our biology. Second, organizations value predictability and compliance, and develop processes to drive out the anomalies that hamper efficiency and profitability.
As a result, leading innovation means fighting both biological and corporate anti-bodies – exploring uncertainty, taking calculated risks, and embracing ambiguity and failure. New tools are a part of the journey – but without investing in the personal transformation necessary to fight the biological drive to ‘safe ground’, leaders will never use the tools.
Innovation expert Melissa Quinn will walk through what the personal transformation entails and how to think about spurring this journey for leaders in your organization.
About the Presenter
Melissa Quinn has spent 20 years in a variety of roles including leadership coach, strategy and innovation advisor, head of training and development for a global company, and COO of Doblin - Deloitte Consulting's user-centered innovation practice. Through these roles, she has both observed and directly experienced the challenges of innovation leadership. Today, she combines this experience with interactive, experiential workshops, training and coaching to offer inspiring and practical leadership experiences.