Innovation follow through

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

How important is it to "follow through"? And how does this apply to innovation?

Our guest on #innochat this week is Jorge Barba, @jorgebarba. In this blog post, "Read This If You Suck At Follow Through", he describes the importance of "follow through" in relationships with colleagues.

Let's discuss its importance in innovation.

Jorge defines "follow through" as "the continuing of an action or task to its conclusion". And in his post, he applies this to fulfilling personal and professional commitments. We all know that an important area of a person's reputation relates to integrity in sticking to commitments or, if unable, to rearranging them in advance.

However, let's take this further. Following through to a conclusion can be applied to any area. How does it apply to innovation?

Opportunities to innovate come along in various shapes and sizes, and various stages of maturity. However it is most unlikely that our first awareness of an innovation opportunity occurs when it is at exactly the right stage for us to adopt it. If so, we are probably too late, anyway.
The most important characteristic of successful innovations is the timing of their adoption. So an important connection between "follow through" and innovation is that, by tracking an opportunity as it matures, we can complete the process by adopting the innovation at the right time. Or not adopting it because it is not suitable for us. In either case, we are continuing to its conclusion.
Following through in this way is necessary in making good decisions about the adoption of innovations.

Questions

Let's discuss the issue of "follow-through" in the field of innovation during #innochat on Thursday October 12 on Twitter starting out 12 noon Eastern time, based on these questions:

  1. How important is "follow through" to you in relationships, in general?
  2. What importance do you attach to "follow through" in pursuing opportunities for innovation?
  3. How does "follow through" apply to innovation?
  4. Which aspects of innovation are particularly dependent on following through?
  5. What happens to innovation opportunities if we do not follow through?
  6. How important is "follow through" to the timing of innovations?
  7. How do we investigate the maturity of innovations if we don't follow through?
  8. How might organizations prepare themselves to follow through and not get left behind?
  9. How does lack of follow through (preparedness, lack of leadership) cause projects to be put on hold?
  10. How can improved follow through increase the effectiveness of innovation?

 

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