The focus on innovation in different sectors, such as technology, government, philanthropy, business and non-profits is exciting. As we explore the reach of technology, in our world-wide life, we are missing an important ingredient for success.
As we look at generating new ideas, we have to be equally interested in the organizational systems charged with implementing these changes. Our current organizational systems were not designed to support innovation. So even if an idea is remarkable, the delivery system may not be capable of doing the job.
A focus on systems design from conception to implementation needs to go hand in hand with new ideas. In many cases we already have the capacity, resources, knowledge and skills needed, they just need to be deployed and leveraged in new ways.
We have examples every day of redundancy, duplication of effort and spending the same dollar over and over again. Organizational re-design is part of innovation.