Innovation questions to management, some more

Which of the following gets an overwhelming yes from your leaders internally

  1. We don’t have to ¬†innovate or invest internally in innovation, as there are other smarter players and start-ups, that we just need to follow suit or outright acquire them. Just tell me who they are?
  2. We know our team has ideas on strategies and priorities, that we are unable to invest time and resources. Can the innovation team just take up one/many such items and come back with solutions?
  3. We are all stuck in a very old thinking pattern and tenet, constrained by assumption. All we need is a training that will help us break that pattern and leave it at that. Can we also get a certificate at the end of the course?
  4. Problems provide the best low hanging fruits for innovation, can we just stick to problem solving, instead of doing open themes for innovation?
  5. Decision on strategy are made elsewhere at least in our area of work, really see no road ahead for any idea pipeline, even if they are only mildly disruptive. So we should focus on execution than innovation?

my original and building list of survey questions on innovation is here



Innovation Survey Questions to Management

Binary Yes/No questions on innovation are typically quick and here are some examples

1. When was the last time you heard an original idea for your business?

2. My people log ideas into a central system regularly?

3. I choose ideas to invest in at least once a year, a quarter or a month?

4. My review process for the portfolio includes new idea implementations?

5. We derive strategy from a family of ideas?

6. We have set criteria for all ideas based on utility, applicability, market, originality, uniqueness, costs etc.?

7. Our people know the exact business constraints within which their idea has to work?

8. We communicate these constraints on a regular basis and watch the responses?

9. We do specific campaigns for ideas periodically?

10. New idea implementation gives our people better appraisal ratings?

11. There are groups that work together on original ideas voluntarily without organizational support?

12. We are aware of these groups and consult them on specific needs

13. Our customers get ideas from our people for their needs regularly

14. Business plan meetings include at least 5% new junior people

15. Value addition is part of our commitment / contract

16. Outcomes from specific innovation exercises are available to everyone in the organization?

17. I dedicate time to look at new ideas from the field, new needs from prospects or within sales/service functions

18. My strategy is aligned to customer needs

19. My business earns 40% from new service/product lines formed less than 3 years ago

20. My leader is considered lead innovator or user for our own products

You may also choose such adjective oriented questions for specifics; usually responses are on a scale

1. Our meetings show readiness to listen to new ideas

2. We have sense of availability of resource/cash/time

3. We have past experience of failed experiments that we can leverage

4. We have measures for innovation at various levels including people/team/organization across HR/IS/Strategy/Finance functions


Using Expertise Survey

I have recently participated in a survey on how expertise is leveraged and managed in organisations. This is part of an open research project where the results of the research are made available to the KM community as they are finalised. The project blog is at, and there is also a wiki showing the outcomes of project workshops at

If you have time to complete the survey as well, please do add your perspective. The survey is at, and when you have completed it, you will see the results of the survey collected so far.