5 Ways to Kill Innovation in Your Company

November 9, 2015

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Chris Newmarker

November 9, 2015

Wondering why people in your company often come up short on new ideas?

Odds are, you have a problem with your corporate culture, says Ted Harro, founder and president of Noonday Ventures, a strategy facilitation and leadership development firm.

When Harro talks about culture, he means the unwritten rules that define a business. Who among the employees are considered heroes, goats, or heretics? What are the legends and mottos? What are the dirty words? What does the office environment itself say about the business?

“Anyone who wants to solve big problems in our world through innovation is going to have to pay attention to culture. Otherwise, you end up with the frustrating experience of saying you want to live one thing—innovation—and actually experiencing something else,” Harro said last Thursday at Minnesota Medtech Week.

Sometimes the best way to figure what you should be doing is to realize what you should not be doing.

Harro loves to ask leaders in medtech and other industries what they would do if they were setting out to actually kill innovation. After some mischievous smiles, he gets some telling answers.

Here are 5 things that can especially snuff out innovation>>

Chris Newmarker is senior editor of Qmed and MPMN. Follow him on Twitter at @newmarker.

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Photo is of the Camel Thorn Tree (Acacia erioloba) in the Namib Desert. Courtesy of Luca Galuzzi (Lucag) per Creative Commons license.

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