Much of what is found in Innovation Consulting focuses on the process. However, the top innovation consulting firms will look at other factors critical found in the best innovation cultures globally. When looking for significant results in your innovation, it begins with looking at the organization. The Valen Group focuses on three areas:
Innovation is doing new things that create value for the organization. In many cases, innovation is hard because to do new things we must create something. Creation or discovery when observing looks quite random and can be serendipitous in many cases; it also means change which is uncomfortable for a profitable, large organization with structure that has provided significant returns and value in the past. Team members who are open to new ideas and environments find insight and stimulus that helps them think in new ways and this is more likely to lead to a breakthrough innovation solution. Openness is one of several factors that we consider when assessing team members. Another factor is flexibility, because the problem-solving skills necessary to generate ideas are different from the skills to assess the feasibility or value of a concept, solution or new business model. It is important that your consulting firm partner has methods to manage and assess these skills so you get the best results from your innovation teams.
The best innovation consulting firms should have methods and tools to assess all three areas of innovation, people, process and environment.
At The Valen Group, we would enjoy talking to you about how to get the most out of your innovation efforts. We provide services in innovation consulting for:
We work with you to create a highly effective team through the right mix of your staff, our consultants and outside entrepreneurs to collaborate on innovation. We bring our unique innovation environment and process. Our collaborative innovation approach provides the innovation environment, innovation process and best innovation team to optimize the outcomes. Our process is iterative where there is no step for creation or development because “create” is in the middle always working to improve the innovation solution throughout the process to provide the best results. We will work with you to deliver effective innovation concepts, new business models and many variations of innovation solutions necessary to compete in the future.