Do you remember Klaus, our fictitious employee, who threw in the towel in the last blog post in frustration because his employer’s culture of innovation was not what it was made out to be? Today we’ll accompany him to another fictitious company that actually and truly lives in a culture of innovation. This time it’s a fairy tale with … oops, almost spoiled it!
Scenario 2: Paradise
In the morning Klaus finds a parking space near the entrance of the company. He is in good spirits, and even more so when he reaches the entrance of the building. Everywhere he can see appealing pictures with exciting ideas for the future, partly even painted by children. And now he’s off to the cafeteria to get a nice cup of coffee.
Arriving in his own office, Klaus goes through the agenda. Presentation, monthly report, boss, break, HR. So here we go!
Preparing the presentation is a walk in the park, because Klaus knows that the topic inspires others in the company just as much as it does him. And the first figures also fit – so well that Klaus is incorporating a vision of the future with this idea as a new business line.
In the monthly report, Klaus states why the figures are a little poorer. The report makes it possible to present new ideas and their chances of success. Klaus incorporates all the important key data of his idea and explains what he is planning.
Both the presentation and the monthly report are well received by his boss. He suggests small changes that illustrate how much these ideas are in line with the company’s strategy. When it comes to the monthly report, he promises help in getting the figures on track so that the focus can continue to be on innovation.
This also fits in with the tenor of the company newspaper that Klaus reads online at noon. Here the success of Klaus’ department in innovations is reported, despite the high investments that are necessary for this. But there is every indication that the medium and long-term success will be so great that these costs will quickly pay off.
As always, the HR colleague is well prepared. He knows Klaus’ ambitions and his skills. Therefore he makes specific suggestions for the further development of Klaus’ career. On the basis of his personal situation and the project status, they decide in a discussion that Klaus should help to improve the culture of innovation even more next year during a stay abroad in another country.
All’s well, that ends well? Yes, that’s actually possible! If you’d like me to help you fine-tune an innovative corporate culture: just give me a call.