Enforcing candor: How Ford, Pixar, others innovate with brutal honesty

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 9.03.27 AMThis column is part of our on-going Q&A series, which tackles subscribers’ questions; if you’ve got one, just drop us an e-mail.

This question was handled by Pontus Siren, a partner at the growth strategy consulting firm Innosight. Previously the CEO of a biotech company that was founded together with the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Pontus has worked with large corporations on corporate strategy and international expansion.

Question:

It’s very common for our innovation initiatives and projects to just muddle along, because no one is willing to step up and be honest and candid about what might be wrong with the idea. Do you have any thoughts on how other companies have brought more candor and honesty into their innovation programs?

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