Innovation Culture not Internal Tribes

I have run into this directly, the concept of an Innovation Tribe or Digital Tribe has been pushed recently by a large consulting firm. As rare as it is this is just WRONG!

What leadership team wants “tribes” within their organization? Your organization is a team, all focused on delivering product, growing the customer base and maintaining a leadership position in the market.

Innovation “Tribes” or even Tiger teams are separate special cultural elements that rarely integrate well. If your culture does not accept the new hot company that you just acquired then work on the culture, learn the new work ideas, lead the integration.

Change your own style, too many CEOs that have been around don’t change their own behavior. Everyone is a contributor, creating and authoring work, Step up! Don’t take the easy back door path. Get a coach in this for you and the company. Call me I can help!

Tim Bates