By analyzing the top innovators across industries, we have identified 10 key enablers that are essential in order to apply and scale innovation

  1. Vision, Mission & Purpose:
    Demonstrated capabilities of the enterprise to establish, clearly articulate, and mobilize the business in support of a compelling and inspiring vision, mission, and purpose for its innovation agenda or for a specific innovation initiative. ​
  2. Governance
    Demonstrated capabilities of the enterprise to establish, align, and implement the necessary oversight, alignment and performance management models and mechanisms to prioritize, fund, support, enable, and optimize the performance objectives of its innovation demands and priorities.
  3. Leadership & Culture
    Culture’s critical role is not just about generating innovation, but scaling and socializing it.
    Demonstrated capabilities of the enterprise to inspire and drive the organization’s internal and external stakeholders and to ensure a resilient business operating culture which adapts to and promotes its innovation demands and priorities.
  4. Trust & Risk Profile
    Demonstrated capabilities of the enterprise to determine and align the trust (ethics, security, privacy, diversity, inclusion, bias) and risk profiles of its mission, values, and stakeholders to its innovation demands and priorities.
  5. Operating Model
    Demonstrated capabilities of the enterprise, to establish, align, adapt, and implement the necessary operating, organization, and management reporting models to support, enable, and optimize the performance objectives of its innovation demands and priorities.
  6. Talent
    Appropriate and dynamic breadth and depth of the right competencies and skills available to the enterprise and demonstrated capabilities to attract, develop, and retain the necessary competencies and skills to execute and support its innovation demands and priorities.
  7. Processes
    Demonstrated capabilities of the enterprise to establish or re-design business processes to align to, enable, adapt to, and/or to optimize the operating performance objectives of its innovation demands and priorities in a rapid, reliable, certain, scalable, secure, and sustainable manner.
  8. Ecosystem
    Demonstrated capabilities of the enterprise to source, curate, orchestrate, consume, and manage an external and expanding network of business, technology, and innovation partners, collaborators, and start-ups, oftentimes from sources and of sizes heretofore unfamiliar to the organization to address and support its innovation demands and priorities.
  9. Technology
    Demonstrated availability, performance and agility of the enterprise’s technology stack and digital core, organization, management and operating practices, operations controls, third-party relationships, and supporting assets and systems for the enterprise to plan, respond, execute and support the technology identification, sourcing, architecture, design, build, integrate, test, deploy, security, and management reporting requirements of its innovation demands and priorities.
  10. Mobilization
    Demonstrated track record and capabilities of the enterprise to design, lead, manage, and measure the adoption, scaling, and overall execution requirements of its innovation demands and priorities with buy-in, engagement, and target performance levels among all stakeholder categories in an accelerated, reliable, certain, and sustainable manner.