Igniting innovation in your organisation
Innovation needs perseverance, positivity and patience, but the possibilities of a successful innovation program are limitless, writes Carolyn Austin and Anja van der Weerd.
Many organisations are advanced in their innovation journey and have developed processes and programs to generate, capture and implement great ideas.
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For those organisations that have just started on this journey – or have yet to start – our experience at K&L Gates can provide a road map for innovating within the framework of a large organisation.
Our experience has shown us that there are many in-house counsel teams who want to drive change within their organisations but find they may not have the time or the support within their organisation to do so.
Here are some tips stemming from our experience:
- Talk to people inside and outside your organisation about innovation
Critically, listen to your clients and customers. Their insights will help ground your innovation response. Don’t forget to explore outside of legal, too, for initiatives outside of our industry that could be introduced.
Once you gather an informal network of like-minded individuals, focus on giving it momentum and direction. It could be the start of your innovation-steering committee.
- Start small – but start somewhere
Focusing on these TNTs will also give you some early wins and allow you to take the next step.
- Tell your innovation stories
Telling these stories will spark interest in those who you may not even be aware are interested in innovation and begin a groundswell of interest that reaches key leaders within your organisation.
- Encourage diversity in your innovation processes
- Solve human problems
- Leverage and adapt
At this stage, engage the leaders of your organisation to see how the processes and methods you have developed can be used more formally as the driver of organisation-wide innovation. Adoption of your processes and methods will mean innovation becomes a strategic priority for your organisation.
There is no real timeline for such a road map to take hold. However, you will know almost immediately how much demand there is for a more formal way of doing things better through the reaction of your team, your organisation and your clients. Innovation needs perseverance, positivity and patience, but the possibilities of a successful innovation program are limitless.
Carolyn Austin and Anja van der Weerd are members of the K&L Gates innovation committee in Australia, as well as the firm’s global IDEA Group.