#Slush in Helsinki is only few weeks away and it is the time of the year for corporate to show how agile, innovative and startup-friendly they are. Now is the perfect moment to braise openness and ecosystems.
However, the reality can be far from there. There is former success built into organisaton structures causing inertia. There is also likely to internal politics and conflicting KPIs. However, the most challenging aspect in my opinion, is the lack of empowerment. Siloed responsibilities requiring a dozen people to join a meeting where the conclusion is to have the next meeting is unlikely to accelerate your innovation.
Open innovation requires empowered teams with authority to make decision. One should not be worried this creating lack of control. At least I have noticed that more empowerment creates better accountability and smarter decisions as it is no longer corporate budget, but teams deliverables that matter.
"In many large companies, it takes a very long time to make decisions. 'We had a meeting, and the decision was to have another meeting.'