innovation_591_0What makes people ‘innovative’, and how do we create organisations that enable innovative ideas and approaches to flourish?

This part of our site has a range of materials for you to explore ideas about what makes organisations and the people that work within them ‘innovative’.  What you will discover is that innovative organisations are those that nurture, recognise and reward those employees that take risks, think flexibly and embrace diverse ideas and perspectives.

If you would like your organisation to be more ‘innovative’, talk to us about running one of our stimulating workshops focusing on this topic.

Start with why?

Simon Sinek offers an unconventional perspective that explains WHY some people and organizations are more innovative. View the video (18 mins) and for more information about Sinek’s approach visit

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Dave Snowdon uses the cynefin systems framework to demonstrate how innovation tends to be stifled in most organisations as a result of our desire for order and a fear of chaos.  View the video (5 mins) and for more information

Mythbusting about creativity

For any organisation to create a culture that fosters innovation, a number of myths about creativity need to well and truly busted.  These myths range from those that say only those people who are in the nominated ‘innovative team’ can be creative (rubbish!), through to those that argue a strict review process to select only the ‘best’ ideas is the way to stay ahead in the innovation game.  Take a look through these myths, brought together by the Jeffrey Paul Baumgartner Group, and see how your organisation stacks up.

Innovation by amateurs

In this deceptively casual talk, Charles Leadbeater weaves a tight argument that innovation is something we all do, and those organisations that enable their stakeholders to work with them to define and create new products and services, are the ones that tend to be more innovative. View the video (18 mins) and for more on Charles Leadbeater visit

Fostering a culture of innovation

David Kester, Chief Executive of the Design Council UK provides examples of organisations that foster a culture of innovation by looking outwards to identify consumer’s/stakeholder problems and using these relationships to spark ideas for solving those problems.  View the video (10 mins).

Vision and passion: all you need for innovation

Jeffrey Phillips from the company Innovate on Purpose provides a snappy piece on the two key ingredients for innovation – vision and passion.