Innovation in an organization or society or family is a function of the culture that is available to foster it.

In organizations, if the culture is of “Yes Sir” there is not much scope of promoting innovation.

If the culture is of “I am right or I am better than you”, then also scope of collaboration is limited and hence innovation is limited.

When the culture shifts to “I respect my point of view” and “I also respect your point of view” – that is where the inter-personal relationships and team environment become conducive for innovation.

When the culture graduates to “Building on each others ideas” with no focus on “My Idea” or “Your Idea” but an authentic co-creation, that is where the magic of innovation culture can become visible.

What is the culture in your organization?

Fields of Conversation by Dr. Otto Scharmer are a good way to understand the team and organizational culture

Manoj Onkar, MANAGEMENT INNOVATIONS, manoj@managementinnovations.co.in

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