πŸ“‘ Innovation Compression

Bookmarked Innovation Compression – Tom Barrett’s Blog by Tom

How might we fully appreciate the resources needed to introduce these new ideas and what they overlap with? How can we create space for people to make the most of this idea and for it to have the impact we want? Which programmes or existing innovations might be discarded to release energy and resources?

Talking about change and innovation, Tom Barrett talks about ‘innovation compression’, where the addition of new ideas weakens pre-exisiting ones but starving them of space.

When new programmes are introduced, that draw down on the finite energy and effort from those involved without stopping other parallel ideas and releasing resource reserves, we get innovation compression, and a potential weakening of the original ideas.

Therefore, when leading, we should be mindful about what we are clearing away just as much as what we are adding.

We need to lead with a deep appreciation for what is on people’s plates. We need to avoid innovation compression by clearing the way, closing existing programmes and providing people the resources they need to make things work.

It is interesting to consider this alongside Alex Quigley’s post about change in isolation.

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