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August 30, 2010


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I work for technical companies that suffer from non-technical management. Every ivory tower innovation idea is usually a me-too reaction to the latest fad, impractical, and impossible to implement within the very limited time and budget allowed. Management also pooh-poohs innovations that come from us lowly technical folks. So we waste a lot of time and money trying to be "innovative" but do not reap any rewards.

James Todhunter

Hi Ferd,

Sadly, your complaint is all too common. Too often, leadership teams ignore the talent within their organizations and miss the opportunity to leverage a very valuable resource. These executives don't understand the nature of innovation and how to build a sustainable innovation culture.

Take a look at this article on the Five Pillars of the Sustainable Innovation Culture.

Best regards,


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