Politics & Business Unit Engagement

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A good way to ensure that innovation initiatives don’t endure is to underestimate the need for backing from business unit chiefs and senior leadership. Even when the CEO decrees that she wants more innovation, many constituencies throughout the organization can still withhold the necessary support or resources.

Our coverage of the political and diplomatic issues around innovation seeks to provide advice on getting buy-in — and, when necessary, dealing with nay-sayers.

A good starting point is our research report, “Innovation Teams & Business Units: Allies or Adversaries?"

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner tosses a Nerf Football with Hasbro employees Nate Fernando and Kate Martino.

Hasbro CEO on Resistance, Toys ‘R’ Us, and Game Evolution

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner shares how Hasbro navigates the changing retail landscape and why changing things as fast as the market demands can often run counter to human nature. Part three of three...

Dennis Devine at Cleveland Field Study

Why KeyBank is Investing in Digital Innovation and Acquisitions

KeyBank is one of the biggest in the US, with over 1,100 branches. While investing in its digital relationship with customers, it remains committed to face-to-face interactions.

Fire Alarm

What’s the Level of Innovation Urgency at Your Organization?

How much urgency is there around innovation at your company? Check the answers that describe your organization, and get an instant assessment of where you stand.

Ace Moghimi, Former Global Head of Innovation and Digital Strategy, Manulife/John Hancock

Why Innovators Can’t Afford to Ignore Politics & Internal Conflicts

Ace Moghimi, an experienced insurance industry innovator, offers his tips for creating significant change in large organizations.

Gutowski at Innovation Leader's 2017 Teach-In

GE VP: ‘The Way We Sold in the Past Isn’t Going to Work’

GE VP Cate Gutowski discusses how the company approaches innovation and the importance of weaving the digital thread. Listen to the full call…


What Do Colleagues Hear When You Say ‘Innovation’?

When people around the company say they want "innovation," they likely don't all mean the same thing. Aaron Proietti, a former SVP at Transamerica, offers a translation guide.

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