Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ask the Innovation Expert: Mohan Nair

How can you ensure that great ideas translate into profit for your business? The back end is the make or break point for ideas in the innovation process. It’s where great ideas will either flourish or die. This is your reality check. What you take to market and how you execute on innovation determines your ROI and growth.

The Back End of Innovation 2015 Conference unites cross-industry leaders sharing challenges, lessons learned and best practices on commercializing new ideas and profitably executing your go to market innovation strategy. Move beyond incremental product and service improvements and discover the lessons of ground breaking innovation – meaningful disruption across categories, value chains and markets.

That’s why we recently sat down with BEI 2015 speaker, Senior VP, and Chief Innovation Officer of Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. Mohan Nair. He talked to us about best practices to support successful innovation execution and the challenges that come along with it.

Here’s what Nair had to say:

Innovation execution begins with establishing the principles of innovation in your organization first.  For example, ours is that Innovation is a value, like ethics or teamwork. This drives that it belongs in the everyday and not in a few for the many.  Designing innovation is also of importance because many drive into their own concept of innovation as leads and the team seldom follow. 

Further, companies who have a culture of following rules of the present are challenged when told to “think and do out of the box”. The culture of compliance must live with the culture of innovation at the same time.  The best practices strive to ensure that a corporation is ambidextrous and able to the inspired to fly the plane and build a new one at the same time.

Barriers to innovation is always around culture first.  Second to this would be your own mindset as a innovation leader.  Believing in the potential and having the real skills to design a long term lasting innovation agenda is a skill found only in a few but professed by many. To be that few, you must learn and practice the craft daily.  Third is finding a CEO that not just believes but enables calculated risks to be taken. “

Want to hear more from Nair? Attend BEI 2015 in San Jose, CA this fall. To learn more about the event or to register, click here: http://bit.ly/1GZfIk3




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