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How can a leader build an organisation capable of innovating continually over time?

I recently responded to a question on Quora about building an organisation capable of innovating continually over time. “[Y]ou can ask people to innovate or be innovative, but if you do not give them the knowledge and tools to innovate, you may get flashes of genius, but not sustained and prolonged results.” Answer by Oakley Kwon: I agree with previous sentiments that to create sustainable innovation you need ‘innovation’ to be a core value. Absolutely. In order to transform this value into core capability is however, a little more challenging. What I have experienced in the few years that I have been working in the innovation capability building space for government has been that, everyone knows innovation is important, but not a lot of people know how to achieve it at an organisation-wide level. No one likes the idea that innovation is an additional thing that you need to add to your performance agreement (though it is a necessary step). Instead, people prefer that innovation be ‘part of how everyone should be doing things’, it should be part of business-as-usual. This second approach looks at innovation as a core competency and capability rather than a thing that you produce. I have over the years come to see the virtue in this position. At the end of the day, it comes down to this, you can ask people to innovate or be innovative, but if you do not give them the knowledge and tools to innovate, you may get flashes of genius, but not sustained and prolonged results. So, first and foremost, you need to know what workforce competencies are...