• Dougie Potter

What does an Innovation Culture need?

Updated: Nov 29

An Innovation Operating System is the Rock that aligns an organisation and it's people with Leaderships Mission for Innovation.

For a Business to function and grow sustainably it must have a series of Operating Systems.


A Sales Operating System with Aims and Measures to sell products and services to Customers.


A Manufacturing Operating System with Aims and Measures to make Products and Services for Customers.


A Supply Chain Operating System with Aims and Measures to get Products and Services to the Customer.


A Finance Operating System is a System with Aims and Measures to maintain solvency and meet legislative requirements.


The need for such Systems is clearly understood. They are documented, followed and used to measure performance and make improvements.


But what about an Innovation Operating System?


Surely to have an Innovation Culture you must have a System with Aims and Measures to innovate? In common with the other Business Operating Systems it should be documented, followed and used to measure performance and make improvements. Otherwise, how do people know how to achieve good, let alone great, innovation?


Research commissioned by the US Department of Commerce after the 2008 Financial Crisis found that Companies with an Innovation Operating System grew their profitability by 96% compared to Companies without an Innovation Operating system where it grew by a mere 4%. And the differences are as huge in sales of new products/services, sales to new customers and employee growth.


An Innovation Operating System that is visible, documented and understood is the Rock that protects People and Companies against change.



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