Tuesday, February 23, 2010
You might assign the problem to someone, but chances of you asking Joe is real slim.
You may have estimated the effort this solution might require, some of that already used up, but you may not know when you will get a solution or if you will get a solution. You have a bad problem in hand, but worse is Joe who has a solution for your problem won’t solve it for you.
Here is why - Joe works for a different division! Joe won’t solve it for you because you won’t ask him, and sure enough Joe won’t get to know that you have such a problem.
Is it possible to find how much an elastic band will stretch without actually stretching it? Probably yes, a good guess could get you close enough.
Is it possible to find out by how much harder an employee can work for you? May be yes, at least you would know the limitations & boundaries.
But is it possible to find out what your people can solve for you in addition to the work you pay them for? Bit tough, may be you can’t.
In an attempt to leverage this untapped potential - enterprises are now creating a two way specialized pipe within the enterprise, for example a pipe for collaborative innovation. You broadcast your problem to all including Joe via this pipe. All, including Joe tune into this pipe for the challenges the enterprise is seeking solutions for.
Joe is happy to share the solution, provided someone asks for it, a reward of fully paid two nights vacation only makes him happier!
So is this the end of all innovation challenges enterprise face? maybe not. But if Joe exists somewhere out there, then you will surely not miss out on Joe’s solution.
ideaken enables enterprises when they need to collaborate to innovate, with employees, customers, research vendors, academia or with global pool of talent.