Culture of Innovation
Develop A Culture Of Innovation
Create the foundation to innovate from. This all starts with your organizations purpose. From there we can gain leadership support, create organizational structure, and develop innovation skills that will drive new revenue generating innovation opportunities.
Si2 will help your company create a culture of innovation by designing innovation into your DNA and who you want your organization to become.
Start With WHY?
Your purpose is WHY you exist as a company. It is why you get up in the morning. Your Vision Statement is what you aim to achieve with your existance – how you will realize your purpose. They are 20-30 year statements that don’t change. Vision or purpose statements are outward focused. They state how you will change the world and make a difference. They are your organizations compass and Northern Star.
The mission statement of the company states how we plan to achieve our vision. It is usally 3-5 years and changes as we achieve each goal. These are normally more inward focused on the company – increase revenues by X, be #1 in X market, etc.
By creating your purpose/vision statement you are telling customers, employees, and stakeholders what you stand for and what is important to you. This makes decision making easier when new opportunities arise. Even if a new opportunity is different than your current business model or your core capabilities, if it aligns with your purpose and vision it could be worth pursuing.
Why Pupose Matters?
- 72% say it is more important than ever to buy from companies that reflect their values. (Cone/Porter Novelli)
- 83% of Gen Z in the US consider a company’s purpose when deciding where to work (Cone/Porter Novelli)
- Employees who report that their job has a “special meaning'” are 11x more committed to staying with their organizations (Great Place to Work)
- Purpose-led brands valuation grew 175%, versus 70% without purpose (Kantar)
- Companies with strong cultures achieve up to 3x higher total returns to shareholders than companies without them. (McKinsey, 2021)
- However, 69% employees are not engaged in their current jobs (Gallup, 2020)
Culture First, Then Strategy
Without ensuring you have a strong culture you will not be able to effectively execute your strategy in a sustainable way. You can create a great strategy, but you must have employees buy-in and commit to the benefits of the vision or they will NOT execute it successfully!
Your employees want to know what matters most to the company, where the organization is headed, and how they will make a difference to the world. Customers, partners, and stakeholders also want to know why you exist.
In the core elements pyramid to the right, you will see that organizations need to start with values, vision, mission, and then move to goals and specific activities. We must create a foundation to build upon.
“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” (Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland – sort of)
Culture Design Workshops
You can design and document your culture to be what you want it to be. It is no different than any other process. It is not some fluffy concept that just happens. Your organization will have a culture whether you design it or not. Wouldn’t you rather have one that excites you to get up in the morning?
There are tools and frameworks that can help your team design the culture you have dreamt of. The Culture Design Canvas is a tool that can help us design and document your current and future culture. As a leadership team we will create your purpose/vision statement. You can incorporate feedback from employees and other stakeholders to complete the rest of the canvas.
Design the Culture You Want
Si2 can lead your team through a culture design workshop to design and document your culture on the Culture Design Canvas. There are six key elements of your culture we will design for your ‘to be’ state. Some of these are beliefs that will give employees a sense of purpose, and some are actions that will help engrain and embody the culture you desire.
The key areas we will discuss and design are:
Examples of Great Vision (purpose) Statements
25 words or less. Start with “To” and an action verb. Use a word that ties it to what your organization does. Make it focused on the greater good.
In the workshop, we will create or evolve your companies purpose or vision statement into one that your employees, customers, and the market will feel passionate about.
Google’s Vision Statement:
“To provide access to the world’s information in one click.”
Kellogg’s Vision Statement:
“To nourish families so they can flourish and thrive.”
Innovation Culture Readiness
Current Innovation Culture
In order for your company to be able to continually innovate and find new ideas, you must design innovation into your culture and your operations. Employees want to be innovative and help foster new ideas that bring value to the organization and to the world. As the leadership team, you must enable this by creating the structure needed for an innovative culture to flourish.
The leadeship team will self-assess your current innovation culture and how ready you are to innovate. This exercise will educate the team on what areas are important for an innovative culture, and will show you where the biggest areas of improvement are for your company.
(Innovation Culture Readiness assessment elements)
- Strategic guidance
- Resource allocation
- Portfolio management
- Legitimacy and power
- Bridge to the core
- Rewards and incentives
- Innovation tools
- Process management
- Skills development
Mapping Our Culture
The Culture Map is a tool that can help organizations map what is actually happening in their culture now. We start with Behaviors, then the outcomes from those behaviors, finally we do an analysis of the good or bad things causing those behaviors.
This 1-page canvas can be used to help with basic culture design, as well as focusing on innovation behaviors.
Designing A Culture Of Innovation
One of our workshop sessions will include using the Culture Map to integrate innovation into the designed culture. We will take the findings from the Innovation Culture Readiness assessment and map them on the Culture Map. This will highlight enablers that will foster innovation, and the blockers that need to be addressed so innovation can succeed.
Brian is an expert in the Culture Design Canvas from Great Mondays. He is also a certified coach in using the Culture Map and the Innovation Culture Readiness assessment from Strategyzer.
Alex Osterwalder, CEO & Founder of Strategyzer, and Brian during a Strategyzer Masterclass.