The innovation mantra
The world has always needed innovation. From the invention of the wheel to the personal computer, to the Internet that truly makes this a global village, we have always been surrounded by day-to-day evidence of the innovative spirit. So why is the need for innovation different today?
Three key factors: technology; global marketplace, and personal power.
Technology is moving faster than at any time in the last 100 years and forcing business and government into uncharted territory faster than ever. We both applaud and fear the effects of changing technology. The harsh reality is that machines can and do replace people.
Technology also paved the way for the global marketplace, where organizations no longer need to rely on local sources of supply. As geographic boundaries come down, the level of competition goes up.
The final, and possibly the most significant factor affecting life in today's organizations is the rising expectation of personal power. We are seeing less and less respect for formal authority and a rapid rise in expectations of personal rights. Formality and protocol are fast being replaced by a more outspoken, aggressive, and impatient style. People have naturally come to expect to voice their opinions, be heard, be treated well, and have the opportunity to participate in decisions that affect their work and workplace.