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Sanjay Dalal

Here are a few more that I believe are obstacles as well:
http://creativityandinnovation.blogspot.com/2006/11/is-innovation-cyclical.html>Is Innovation Cyclical? talks about erosion of institutional memory, building rigid systems and processes, and a lack of a reward and recognition system as potential obstacles.

Specifically, on ways to http://creativityandinnovation.blogspot.com/2006/10/blocking-creativity-and-innovation.html>unblock creativity and innovation there is a mention of the Organization Culture as a key, besides the following "edge" recommendations:
* Open communication within and between departments, and across all management layers.
* Hiring of people with diverse backgrounds and experience, and avoiding "cloning."
* Encouraging employees to find new ways to do their daily work, and empowering them to make decisions.
* Creating an organization that extends out to customers, suppliers, partners, and environment.
* Stimulating research activities and providing employees some free time to experiment.
* Allowing employees to take measured risks (with small costs), and seizing opportunities.
* Creating processes to evaluate any idea on merit, regardless of where it is coming from.
* Identifying and separating the creative from operational functions in the organization.
* Using group creativity techniques frequently to promote team building and generate new ideas.

Finally, in http://creativityandinnovation.blogspot.com/2006/10/can-leadership-create-innovation.html>Can Leadership stimulate Innovation?, the very obstacle at times can be Leadership itself. Of course, the problem is that leaders may not know about this.


Excellent observations ... Executives fail to appreciate their true role in organizations ... I live in an environment where executive always have more questions about the internal logics (those associated with how the organization "thinks") rather than the business model or market dynamic

Alex Osterwalder

I worry most about ignorance and half-truths...


There was an interesting study done about how much information is good for making decisions. What the study found was that to much information lead to as poor decisions and in-decision as too little. There is a balance point of the amount of information that is useful for making effective decisions.

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