6 Degrees of Innovation


It is often said that you are only ever 6 steps away from anyone- in a world that small where information is now distributed in fractions of a second, the same must be said for Innovation. It begs the question that if innovation is readily available - what does it look like?

  1. The big bet
  2. The inventive step
  3. The appreciable improvement
  4. The adaptation
  5. The recreation
  6. The fail

We tend to ignore everything but the big bet and the failures and it is a travesty. The steps in the middle are the most likely activities that currently exist in your business. Not recognising them could be costly in terms of employee engagement, wasted investment and damage the tax credit claims that are on offer.

Almost every business has some degree of innovation and where companies have grown from acquisition or manage in a micro P&L way, identifying where the assets are, is a growing concern for many companies. Tracking what could be valuable intellectual property or something that should take the interest of management could get lost.

Our three rules to make sure you minimise the degrees of separation are:

  1. Talk about innovation broadly and encourage it
  2. Each business unit reports on initiatives - don't define it, let the teams decide
  3. Track initiatives costs in a clear, transparent way. Create a cost centre locally or centrally to monitor your investments

GovGrant are a leading innovation specialist who work with companies in the UK to maximise and commercialise their innovations.

Call us on 01727 738600, for a no obligation assessment.


6 Degrees of Innovation


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