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When You Get Pushback Against Innovation From Within The Organization...

Serving as an innovation consultant for a recent large client, I met a lot of resistance.

The product/sales side was very interested in innovative new products/services that they could offer their customers, to be more competitive within their industry.

The IT division, on the other hand, put up a lot of resistance. They prided themselves on stability, and were afraid of making changes to the system. They also wanted to focus their resources on upgrading existing systems. On the other hand, they also considered themselves to be the "innovation leaders" of the company, and didn't want outside consultants or groups talking or promoting innovation.

We finally reduced their resistance by reminding them that they are critical partners, and would always have an important role in innovation. We also told them that they need to see themselves as "facilitators of innovation", rather than having to innovate themselves. They should think of themselves as an "internal cloud services" start-up that enables the rest of the company to create solutions for their customers. 

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