In the Kingdom of God on Earth you are free to Create. God wants you to Thrive and no longer just survive. This is why he has given you your inheritance in credit.
Now it is up to you to simply create and do what you want to do, not what you have to do to survive. It is your time to create and innovate.
Transform Ideas Into Innovation
If your ideas consist of little more than random, incomplete thoughts existing outside a framework for execution you might have a problem. If you don't understand the difference between ideas and innovation it's likely all your great ideas haven't amounted to enough to buy a cup of coffee. Disruptive innovation is rarely as simple as raw genius that bubbles-up.
Most often innovation is the culmination of several things: a sound idea, vetted through great process, refined by innovative application, and brought to market by outstanding leadership. The difference between an idea and innovation is execution – don’t be the “idea” person, be the innovator.
I want to start by actually defining what an idea is, and is not. Ideas do not constitute a philosophy, principle, or strategy. An idea is not synonymous with a competitive advantage, an idea is not necessarily a sign of creativity, an idea does not constitute innovation, and as much as some people wish it was so, an idea is certainly not a business. To the chagrin of many reading this post, ideas in and of themselves are nothing more than unrefined, random thoughts. Ideas on their own accord are really quite useless. The truth can often times be harsh and difficult to hear, but it is nonetheless the truth.
Ideas are a dime a dozen. If you take a moment and reflect on all the ideas you’ve spawned over the years, or the many ideas that have been birthed by your friends, family, and professional associates, you’ll quickly see most of them never achieved lift-off. The problem is most ideas never get implemented, and moreover, even the best ideas when improperly implemented can cause great harm. While creativity is clearly a valuable asset, unbridled creativity where random, disparate ideas abound outside of a sound decisioning and execution framework will create distraction and chaos much more often than they will lead to innovation.
My advice to you is not to let your foundation get caught up in embracing random ideas – at least not without some initial analysis being conducted to determine the likelihood of success.
In order for your enterprise to turn an idea into a monetizing and/or value creating event you should develop a strategic plan that attempts to measure the idea against the following 15 elements:
1. Framework: The idea should be generated within a solid framework for decisioning. It should be developed as a solution to a problem or to exploit an opportunity. The idea should be in alignment with the overall vision and mission of the enterprise. Ideas which linger outside of a framework usually die a slow and painful death.
2. Advantage: If the idea doesn’t provide a unique competitive advantage it should at least bring you closer to an even playing field. That said, the best initiatives don’t level the field, they tilt the field in your favor.
3. Alignment: Any new idea should preferably add value to existing initiatives, and if not, it should show a significant enough return on investment to justify the dilutive effect of not keeping the main thing the main thing. Sailing into a "blue ocean" is only a good thing if you eventually reach your destination. It doesn't matter if your ocean is blue if you remain lost at sea.
4. Assess: Put the idea through a risk/reward and cost/benefit analysis. Calculated risks are fine so long as you've actually done the calculations.
5. Simplicity: Whether the new idea is intended for your organization, vendors, suppliers, partners or customers it must easy to use. Usability drives adoptability, and therefore it pays to keep things simple.
6. Validate: Just because an idea sounds good doesn’t mean it is, and just because you can doesn’t mean you should. You should endeavor to validate proof of concept based upon detailed, credible research. Too many organizations have been deeply wounded by skipping the testing phase.
7. Contingency: Nothing is without risk, and when you think something is without risk, that is when you’re most likely to end-up in trouble. All initiatives surrounding new ideas should include detailed risk management provisions.
8. Realistic: Adopting a new idea should be based upon solid business logic that drives corresponding financial engineering and modeling. New projects alway take longer and cost more than originally planned. Be careful of high level, pie-in-the-sky projections.
9. Accountability: Any new ideas should contain accountability provisions. Every task should be assigned and managed according to a plan, and all of this should occur in the light of day.
10. Measurable: Any new ideas being adopted must lead to measurable objectives. Deliverables, benchmarks, deadlines, and success metrics must be incorporated into the plan.
11. Timing: It must be detailed and deliverable on a schedule. The initiative should have a beginning, middle and end.
12. Integrated: Even the best ideas need to be incorporated into the operating framework of the business. They should align with strategic initiatives, and in most cases not constitute disparate systems. They should be incorporated into integrated solutions that eliminate redundancies, and build in tactical leverage points.
13. Evolving: Ideas should contain a road-map for versioning and evolution that is in alignment with other strategic initiatives and the overall corporate mission. No road map signals an incomplete idea and will also likely equal quick obsolescence.
14. Actionable: A successful idea cannot remain in a strategic planning state. It must be actionable through tactical implementation.
15. Champion: Senior leadership must champion any new idea being adopted. If someone at the C-suite level is against the new idea, it will likely die on the cutting-room floor. The bottom line is new ideas are beautiful things when they become solutions or lead to opportunities. Properly implemented, capitalizing on process driven creativity can keep your foundation from stagnating and cause growth and evolution. Just follow the 15 rules above and avoid being the misguided change agent for solely for the sake of change.
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