This is the second of two posts on AchieveGlobal’s study on the differences between Change and Innovation, “Carving Yin From Yang.” Be sure to read the entire report.
A Harvard Business Review article has a great metaphor wrapped into it, saying: “innovation is both a vaccine against market slowdowns and an elixir that rejuvenates growth.” This idea squarely matches our recent research into change and innovation, and how we might understand the differences between the two.
To “lead change” successfully takes a leader who can motivate people by helping them see the direct links between the situation the company is in now, the direction the company is headed strategically, and what it will take the company to get there. These are our strengths, these are our vulnerabilities, and this is what we need to do to fortify ourselves against adversity and move to greater strengths.
Building on this thinking, to “lead innovation” takes a leader who leads not just in words, but also in actions. Through their own changed behaviors, leaders actually become integral to defining and successfully navigating the change and innovation.
Sharon Daniels is CEO of AchieveGlobal in Tampa, Florida