As human beings, the most resisted aspect of life is change. As an organization, the most resisted aspect of “business-life” is innovation because innovation brings about change. If change and innovations [ and by innovation here I mean innovation in the organizational processes and management and not product-innovation ] are to be introduced successfully in life and in the organization, to minimize the resistance, the most logical thing to do would be to introduce it step-by-step and slowly.
But contrast that with someone trying to quit an addiction [ for example ]. For them each day without the addictive substance is a small victory and a huge change as compared to their previously addiction-filled life. There is debate whether it is better to quit smoking in one go or to start reducing the intake one cigarette at a time. I personally believe that it is better to completely cut out the cigarette intake – the first week/month might be full of tough withdrawal symptoms but the problem is more likely to be cured. But what if I switch the addiction from smoking to drugs? Quitting drugs overnight is not only not recommended, specialized care is also needed for people addicted to various kinds of drugs.
Depending on the kind of innovation that an organization is going in for, they could either do it by themselves or they could hire someone to work with them. It could either be picking a thorn out of the organization’s foot or it could require a sophisticated heart and brain surgery. Either ways, it’s better to have help and professional help at that.
Since the subject of Innovation is extremely subjective and no two cases are the same, a great contribution to the growth of Innovation Practice would be documented case studies detailing the peculiarities of each case.