Individual Innovation Potential
This Innovation Readiness Survey measures the individual, leadership and work environmental factors that might stimulate or hinder innovation readiness and innovative behaviour in the organisation. Hence, it helps managers understand the employees’ strengths and support them in realising their innovation potential.
The term “readiness” refers to individuals’ feelings, beliefs, and intentions about potential change. It also includes the organisational capability and capacity of its successful implementation.
Individual innovation has been studied in terms of personality characteristics, outputs and behaviours. Therefore, the individual readiness to innovation describes the extent to which individuals accept, embrace and adopt a plan to purposefully alter the status quo, his/her psychological state and own sense of identity for job performance that facilitate or inhibit innovation. These drivers are:
Furthermore, on the work environment side, we refer to a set of organisational variables which are crucial to create the drive and momentum for the innovation. These drivers are:
After analysing the current state, the status quo of Innovation Readiness, conclusions need to be drawn and actions need to be taken to unleash the full innovation potential.
Innovation Readiness Index
All survey participants are inserted into our Innovation Readiness Grid. This Matrix shows all participants with their Individual and Work Environmental Readiness indices. Larger bubbles depict participants of the actual organisation, whereas smaller bubbles represent other survey participants. With this, it is easy to compare readiness in your organisation with previously collected data.
For an organisation that intends to embrace innovation and change, the objective should be to have as many members as possible in the green area of the Innovation Readiness Grid (see below, box HH), where both, individual and environmental readiness are above 5. People in the green area are those who have responded to the majority of the questions in a positive way. Please be reminded, that a rating of 5 should be seen as the absolute minimum we should aim for. For example, answering the statement “I am ready for organisational change” with 5 only means, that the participant “somewhat agrees” to this statement.
Additionally, it is important to be aware, that a dot on “5” means, the average of the rating is 5. There is a good chance for about 50% of all answers to be below 5.
The further left the participants are located, the lower is the support they expect from their leaders and their environment.
The further down the participants are located, the lower is their individual readiness, i.e. their preparedness for change, their perceived individual creativity and their psychological capital.
Innovation Readiness Grid Explained
A few participants in the bright yellow area (box HM or box MH) do not pose a concern for the organisational intent. These participants are either ready but have some doubts about the environmental readiness (box MH), or they feel not ready due to individual characteristics but they are sure the organisation will pull them through (box HM). In this case, a personalised approach by their manager will most likely be enough intervention.
Experiencing the majority of participants in the bronze (box MM) or in a pink area (boxes ML, HL or LM, LH) highlights a major concern for the organisation. Either members have strong doubts that they can make it due to personal characteristics (boxes ML and HL), or they perceive their manager or working environment not supportive enough to embrace innovation and with it change (boxes LM and LH). In these cases, organisation-wide interventions are needed to get people ready for the change. The same applies, of course, to box LL participants.
Executive Summary and Details
After the survey, for each survey participant, a report is ready for download as soon as the participant has completed all inputs. Similar reports are available for organisation, departments and groups.
These reports inform not only about the results in all dimensions of individual and work environmental readiness. They also include the assessment by the manager – if available.
Additionally, these reports show an executive summary of all observations regarding the innovation potential and its comparison to the department, the organisation and all others.
Part of the survey is the collection of outcome data. Based on the input of participants, we compile a catalogue that includes the number of suggestions in different categories as well as their implementation status.
All of the above data is available to evaluate the innovation potential for organisation, department and group.
If managers have participated by rating their staff’s innovative job performance, an additional report compares managers’ and employees’ perspectives.
Interventions for Increasing Innovation Readiness
We offer solutions to analyse the survey results in detail. This includes stratifying the data by department, by section or any other demographics.
Based on that, it is not difficult to develop a customised innovation strategy towards building a Continuous Innovation Mindset. The following options are in a logical sequence, although there might be reasons for deviating from this sequence or dropping some or adding other interventions.
Tailoring solutions that meet the special requirements of our clients is our strengths.
If you are interested in finding out the Individual or Group Innovation Readiness at your Organisation, please contact us at InnoReady@COE-Partners.com. Then, we will be able to provide more details about the survey topics, sample reports as well as ideas for interventions, should the need arise.
About the Survey
This survey is part of a research project with the University of Twente in the Netherlands. It is conducted using COE’s Investing in People (iiP) System. It includes information from the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire and Psychological Capital Questionnaire from Mind Garden, Inc.
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