Innovation and performance management – BankerVision

Hat tip to Stefan Lindegard who quotes David Nordfors post speaking to the challenges of the corporate innovator:

“When someone tries to innovate within a traditional organization,

few will understand what he/she is doing,

but everybody will understand who is a trouble-maker.

After the innovation has been embraced by the organization,

few will remember who started it,

but everybody will remember who was a trouble-maker.

This is the dilemma encountered by many intrapreneurs –

they risk punishment for success.”

If you accept the above – and it’s really hard not to if you’ve ever tried to drive innovation in a large organisation – it is possible to conclude that if noone remembers you as a troublemaker, then you haven’t been innovating. 

And what follows is innovators will rarely, if ever, fit well with a traditional performance management system. 

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