New Horizons in Innovation – Wrap Up

Earlier this week, we joined the lovely people from KYAN for a roundtable discussion about the new challenges and opportunities for innovation.

Nurturing innovation in corporations requires alignmentIt was an interesting and informative session, covering many topics, including questions around how the meaning of innovation has changed, how the driver for innovation isn’t always about innovating and the many internal and external challenges that need to be overcome. We used past experiences and current challenges to explore some of the common themes for innovation success.

Key Takeaways

Thank you to all the participants for their candid, open and constructive conversation. We covered a fair bit of ground and picked up on some important themes.

Be clear on short, near and long term objectives of innovation programmes.

Sooner or later any enterprise will want to see a return on their innovation investment. Be clear and agree on the timescales at the beginning of the programme. Rapid changes in direction, expectations or runway for innovation programmes can set things back or de-rail it entirely.

Build on near-term success

Set your goals to deliver near-term success, and iterate from that rather than go for the big-bang revolution. Often, corporate politics can stifle progress, demonstrable delivery and results can smooth the ride and encourage others to participate.

Look for internal champions

Whilst change can deliver the invigoration your company needs, change can also be distracting and scary. In large corporations, it can be useful to find divisions, regional operating companies or board-level contacts that have a near-term need. Working with them on near-term success can provide the case-study required to get others to voluntarily follow.

Cultural alignment 

Whilst culture in the sense of nationality should be at the top of mind in every multi-cultural organisation, care must also be taken to ensure alignment between Corporate and Innovator (particularly start-up) cultures.

What are you doing on the 5th December?

KYAN will be hosting another New Horizons in Innovation session on the 5th December. It is an invitation-only event so please contact us or KYAN directly to secure your place.



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Scott Stonham
Scott Stonham

Scott is Chief Technology & Innovation Officer at He has been at the forefront of many technologies we take for granted today, including mobile internet and smartphone navigation. Today he helps clients navigate innovative emerging technologies and is available for speaking opportunities.

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