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David Cleeton-Watkins March 2014 ECC CONFERENCE BLENDING INNOVATION AND TALENT Some thoughts, some observations and many questions
Labels, Labels, Labels What is HRs role in building an innovative organisation?? How does the development of talent align with that aspiration?? Those are the questions we will inquire about today I dont promise to answer it I do promise to stimulate debate about it and other issues Fiirstly, some definition Innovation, invention, adaptation, modification, adoption, combination, collaboration, all of these and …… doing things better
I am An OD Practitioner I am also a work psychologist But at heart I am an inquirer: I am curious about the world So am I innovative? That depends.
Agenda for Today Explore: Role of HR and HR people in fostering an organisation that can innovate so that it does innovate A systems view of innovation to thrive – or as W. Edwards Deming put it: Survival is an option Dialogue about possibility
About Roffeys Management Agenda Annual survey of managers, in its 17 th year Barometer of manager views This year: Over 1,800 managers surveyed From organisations of a range of sectors and sizes Junior managers through to Board Directors Wide age range More female than male (68% female) Follow-up in-depth interviews with 15 managers
Talent challenges on the horizon for HR Retaining key employees is NOT in HRs top 3 current people challenges Retention of talent is the top anticipated people challenge in five years time Many managers are preparing to move on ½ of managers report considering a move in the near future Lack of responsibility and absence of challenge do not feature strongly No promotion prospects, lack of appreciation and poor management top the list of reasons HR may miss the wave?
Meeting the talent challenge Recreation of head room An attractive ethical offer? Fairness? Jobs that have meaning and purpose Accommodating preferences/valuing difference Nature of job and values for baby boomers Promotion, rewards and flexibility for early career talent
Ethical climate Misconduct is widespread ½ of managers say that they have observed misconduct in their organisation Much goes unreported of managers choose not to report misconduct of Board Directors choose not to report People don't trust that leaders will act ½ of managers believe action will not be taken ¼ fear reprisal Rather than report, they are more likely to walk Managers who observe misconduct are more likely to say they intend to leave
Fairness, trust and engagement Fairness rated lowest 20% of managers not trusting their organisation to be fair 40% of managers report a dissonance between espoused values and those in use Rises to more than a half in the public sector Where fairness is lacking managers are more likely to leave
Trust and ethics: what is going on? Does what we have said on ethics and trust ring true to you? What is your experience? What can be done? The answer seems to be to blame the managers – more leadership development ….. What other options are there?
Change and culture A narrow performance focus in attempting culture change means you dont get performance! Risk management is still winning out over risk taking Balance between supporting and challenging people is out of kilter Majority of managers are working in a low support culture 10%+ experience high support low challenge Team development has been forsaken: absence of trust and avoidance of accountability diminish performance Perhaps change means that teams are unstable or cannot develop? Re-define what we mean by working together – a new set of capabilities?
Necessary but not sufficient My questions. Do I have Enough breadth to look for and find new ways to do things? Enough depth to engineer elegant solutions? As those questions apply to individuals, do they also apply to organisations …? And are they enough …. No – we are also affected by external factors – innovation is possible because it works in parallel with technology one begets the other …….
Encouraging Innovation is a main People Challenge There are signs that widespread recognition of this challenge is not being matched in terms of action on the ground 41% of managers do not agree that the behaviour of senior leaders supports creativity and innovation 53% disagreed that their organisation encourages risk-taking and innovation 62% disagreed that time and space is made available for thinking creatively Roffey Park Institute – Management Agenda March 2014
Innovation is not a competitive sport Perhaps noticing, collaborating, partnership, and abundant thinking is more relevant: Microsoft or Apple? Where will the www be in 5 years time?
Two examples of innovation Example 1 Intel Intel Corporation is an American multinational semiconductor chip maker corporation headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Intel is one of the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip makers, based on revenue. It is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers. Cyberattacks on mobile phones rose by a factor of six last year. Don't let your data become a statistic. Keep your phone safe and sound with Intel Mobile Security... 22 hours ago22 hours ago
Example 2 ARM ARM Holdings is the world's leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier and as such is at the heart of the development of digital electronic products. Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, and employing over 2,000 people, ARM has offices around the world, including design centers in Taiwan, France, India, Sweden, and the US. The worlds leading semiconductor IP company Founded in 1990 Over 20 billion ARM based chips shipped to date 800 processor licenses sold to more than 250 companies Royalties received on all ARM-based chips Gaining market share in long-term secular growth markets ARM revenues typically grow faster than overall semiconductor industry revenues
Core competences What are the key or core competences of these 2 businesses? How do they differ? How clear are the key competences in your business? What is HRs role in nurturing these?
Barriers to Innovation in Business Risk anxiety Fear of failure Personal preference Silos Scale of operation(s) Scope of challenge Unrealistic specifications Bounded systems and methods Physical separation Disturbance Management behaviour Lack of acknowledgement Righteousness Resources Poor follow through Dogma And...
Enablers for Innovation in Business Right spaces Tools/technology Time to think/share Meaningful exchange Dedication/diligence Practice Expertise Widening experience/scope Clear aims and desired outcomes Noticing Hearing and listening Open mind Resources Edge of competence risk taking Forgiveness Exposure to difference in culture and thought Jazz
A systems view of innovation Context (wider system) Organisation (porosity of boundaries) Understanding organisational factors/dynamics Willingness/ability to respond to boundary conditions: externally (stakeholders) Internally (management and staff) A contract of engagement Ability to recognise and discuss differences A means to reach decisions and take action from them A shared desire ………..