Catch-up Innovation

Last Updated Oct 15, 2008 9:04 PM EDT

Innovation is normally classed as incremental or radical, new to the world and much has been written about them. While driving through the streets of Abu Dhabi today, I couldn't help but wonder how people cope when innovation is thrust upon them.

Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates, has undergone tremendous change since the relatively recent discovery of oil and, in many areas, has had to play catch-up innovation.

One of the interesting challenges for countries and companies around the world is how to keep hold of your culture while embracing new ways and technologies.

Another is do you develop knowledge internally or import expertise? In Abu Dhabi, 70 percent of the population are expatriates, bringing in knowledge, expertise and experience.

What can you do to help your organisation catch-up on innovation?

  • Conduct training in developing creativity and innovation
  • Hire consultants to diagnose, advise and support innovation initiatives
  • Employ a Chief Innovation Officer
  • Look for opportunities for joint ventures or collaboration
What else has worked in your experience?
  • Robert Gerrish

    Robert Gerrish is a coach, author and professional speaker and the founder of Flying Solo (, the Australian online community for solo business owners.