Sitting on a balcony overlooking a paddy field, I start to pen this article. I am here in Bali for the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. I have wanted to come here ever since I heard about the festival three years ago but, like most things that require ring-fencing time and personal space, I put it off.
Who owns innovation in your company? Who do you call when you want to talk about innovation strategy and capability building? How often have you come across departments, not just for Brands, R&D or Product Development, but departments that are focused on what I call organisational innovation — building the capacities, skills and structures to help a whole company innovate?
When was the last time you browsed the magazine shelves looking at really cool design magazines, or walked a labyrinth, or attended a laughing club? Odd questions, you may muse, but not according to Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.
Have you ever shared an idea with a colleague only to have it shot down? If that happens over and over again, I can guarantee you, you will stop sharing your ideas. Yet, ideas are the fuel of innovation. Without ideas, particularly novel ones, innovation will not even get off the ground.