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by Francesc Güell

Removing barriers to innovation

“Change and innovation, radical or incremental, have been and are normal things in the course of human life. There is nothing extraordinary about adapting. It is a necessary condition for survival, and our history shows it. The human being is an innovative biological system by nature since, in the course of evolution, it has continuously adapted to changes in the environment”

Samuel Husenman. “El cambio y la innovación como estratègia adaptativa”. In “El arte de innovar en la empresa” from Antoni M. Güell and Mar Vila. ISBN84-8453-080-9

How do we do it?
  • Creating an agile innovation process.
  • Identifying internal and external barriers.
  • Improving our change management
  • Supporting us in education, science, technology, design, and imagination.
  • Creating knowledge and intangible assets, striving to create value.
With above we also contribute to:
  • Create a more productive economy with higher added value
  • Improve our health and restore our environment.
  • Able to create more work and with better salaries.
  • And as a virtuous circle, increase people’s purchasing power and security.
  • Which at the same time would be the engine of a society of greater well-being.
Not innovating,
or with poor innovation, together with not promoting knowledge, or not promoting intangible resources, that is, focusing only on the economic balance, day-to-day operations, and tangible resources, puts the future of companies and organizations at risk
Innovate
is no longer just undertaking the transformation, but it is a need to adapt to the environment, to accelerated change. Human history is the history of all our innovations, from the smallest to some that are fundamental milestones and have drastically changed the way we live.
Barreras:

If continuously adapting is tiring, if in some organizations and companies it is so difficult to innovate, and if in certain areas, countries or social environments, innovation is not only not common, but it is scarce, rare and difficult, it is because there are barriers or resistance .

Are the barriers to innovation, change and knowledge what must be identified and removed.

Background color PANTONE 17-3938, designated color of the year 2022. Blue-purple tone, with various shades of blue and semitones of reddish violet, seeks to represent the times of transformation towards a new paradigm that society is currently experiencing.

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Innovation is change (& 2)

We finished the first part of this article listing some models of change management: Michael Doyle, John P. Kotter and Managed Change Model of LaMarsh Global. We continue with a brief description of these and a summary of the practical methodology used for the implementation.
We work in three layers or simultaneous levels. The three begin with where the change begins: the “identification” or “discovery” of the very need of change. Education and communication are critical throughout all the process. To sustain the change and maintain the expected benefits, a review action is necessary after each action and at the end.

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Fundaments to change

Innovation is change (1)

Innovation is a change. Like any change, requires effort, generates resistance and needs vision and leadership.
To innovate, change is required in the culture, in the organization, in the strategy and in the
way of working.
Crisis and recession are also engines for change generation. They are not only providing threats but also opportunities.
In many cases, it’s necessary to think and act counter current. Remove elements of pessimism, but keep being realistic and almost objective to evaluate the new facts and trends that show.

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8 views on innovation and agile innovation

This article features eight views or faces on innovation and agile innovation.
Innovation is a very used word and in many areas. Everyone seems to agree that it must be encouraged and that all companies and organizations should focus their strategy on innovation, especially SMEs and new companies.

But the concept that is being explained in these different areas does not always coincide. I think I should first clarify the concept that I am going to apply here to the word innovation, which, in any case, will be focused on action, that is, on the capabilities of the organization to act.

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Interview with Francesc Güell by Responsablia

Following is the summary of the interview for Responsablia blog.

Responsablia: How should quality and innovation be integrated into the company’s strategy? Who or what people must push it and how to do it?
FG:
I think that both issues must be implicitly or explicitly integrated in the formulation of the strategy, they must be part of it as an important premise.
The whole strategic process must be driven by the management team, communicated and shared by all.
Strategy on one page, is a very useful way to facilitate the elaboration, the communication and the comprehension of the strategy.

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Results of the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) 2017.

The results of the European Innovation Scoreboard, (EIS) 2017 are presented with a revised system of measures and indicators. Therefore, the results and rankings are not directly comparable with previous editions. However, time series that use the new measurement system allow the results to be shown over time.

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We want to innovate, but we don’t get results.

“we want to innovate, but it is difficult for us. We don’t get results.”
Why?  What’s going on?
Our resources are limited, we are a medium / small company, but with no doubt, each one is competent in their field.

Our goal is to launch new products on a regular basis, to replace some low margin and very competitive prices ones. But the results are not good.
We try to formally advance with several projects, but all are delayed, and the launching times are not fulfilled.

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European and global indicators

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Agile Innovation Course 2021

Online. Live, interactive

Webinar interactive:
5 modules of 3 hours
With practical exercises

International experience:
Both the course and the additional support are based on international experience and excellence.
There are many proven ideas and experiences that you can implement in your organization.

Objective: to implement, improve and accelerate the agile innovation management process

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OTHER COURSES

Courses and active workshops

These active courses and workshops are intended for a team from your own organization to put into practice the concepts that we let at their disposal.

They are preformed since 2005 but are redesigned and refined annually based on the experiences acquired with the participating companies and organizations. All can be adapted specifically to the needs of your company.

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