FastCo. have a fairly ordinary article about the 7 deadly sins that choke out innovation.
I say ordinary, since what it’s describing is the failure of companies to describe the ‘journey’ and goals of their initiative – they say that they want to see some innovation, but they provide no support to make this happen. So it’s really just one big sin.
This relates closely to a previous article I read.
However, this behaviour is very common. It often manifests itself as “I want to see different results, without actually changing anything”. And this is in turn a result of people being too afraid to challenge long-held assumptions and beliefs.
When people are willing to challenge the company’s sacred cows, and ask questions like “what would happen if we didn’t do something?”, then you can start doing something different, and perhaps the desired ‘innovation’ will come out of that.