My experience is that by addressing key areas such as leadership, culture, and measurement and reward systems, the climate for innovation within an organisation can be changed over time. You can’t change climate at a stroke – but you can change the forces that shape the climate and thus improve the conditions in which innovation can flourish. The key elements required in a climate that is supportive of innovation are:

QuEsTIOnIng CulTurE

An innovative organisation is a curious organisation – curious about problems and about different ways of doing things. The culture needs to encourage this behaviour in its people. Being open to questioning and challenge from all levels within the organisation and from outside is a key attribute of an innovative organisation. Breakthrough innovation comes from the challenging of deep-rooted paradigms that exist within a business or market. ‘To support our focus on innovation, we operate a culture that is open to the challenging of norms,’ says sir David McMurtry, Chairman of renishaw, a uK world-leader in the design and manufacture of measurement systems and a multiple award winner of Queen’s Awards for Export and Innovation.