On-line innovation climate survey

For CEOs and senior executives. If you want to know more about the climate for innovation in your organization have five to ten persons complete the on-line survey. Use the same characters – alpha or numeric – in the organization name so CIO can sort out your responses. CIO will send you a free report after analyzing the results. No attribution in the report. Confidential to each participant. If you then want to extend the survey to others in the organization, please contact us.

To our knowledge, this is the only on-line protocol which provides the registrant with the ability to register the relative importance of a Factor (an innovation practice) and, at the same time, provide an opinion on the situation within their own organization and compare results with other registrants.

Here is a sample of the report (Preview of survey reportwhich you receive after completing the survey.

By participating (Preview of questionnaire) you will have a much better understanding about innovation management practices within your organization. You will be able to set priorities for addressing issues in the  areas of:

  • management and Board expectations regarding innovation
  • tolerance for new ideas, mavericks, failure, and out-of-the-box thinking
  • seeking opportunities versus a focus on cost reduction
  • attention to people management
  • incentives and rewards for innovators
  • internal communications and openness to ideas
  • use of independent work groups to get things done
  • the hierarchy in place and decentralization of decision making
  • availability of new venture financing

Ask about your Innovation ecosystem before adopting new ideas!

The twenty-five Factors can be grouped under a variety of topics for further analysis. Three topics are listed here.

  1. Leadership,
  2. Management and organization of day-to-day affairs, and
  3. Idea generation and realization.

The ‘Score’ you receive immediately on completing the survey provides a measure of your organizations practices impacting innovation. If your ‘Score’ is above 60, you should be concerned about how your organization manages innovation! You can compare your opinion on the ‘Ideal’ situation with other registrants.

Results are confidential and secure to you. Information will be used by us for statistical purposes only. You can change the data and receive a revised report by logging back in at any time. Just use your e-mail and password. Expand the use of the information by having others in your organization participate.

Is your organization aligned or like the birds? Is there a consistency of viewpoint vertically throughout the organization and across business units?

The on-line data base now includes entries from around the world; U.S.A., Canada, Turkey, U.K., Romania, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Chile, Japan, Brazil, Czech Republic, Portugal and Russia. While the good news is that the data base is larger, respondents need to be mindful that the averages set out in the report you receive are based on respondents from all the countries noted, a variety of organizations, and from different levels within these organizations.

Contact us to receive a customized report on your own organization. CIO assigns your company a code, staff make use of the code to differentiate their entries from others and CIO provides a customized report for your further interpretation. Quite a simple process that could help your organization identify the source and magnitude of problem areas and lead to the adoption of effective solutions.

Answering the Questions

Each question has two facets. The top row is “Your Ideal” – i.e. how you think things should be according to your ideal – and the bottom row is “Your Reality” – how things actually are in your own organization. Please answer both, providing your weighting for each of the 25 Factors.

In the example below, the respondent has indicated that, ideally, there should be some mechanism for rewarding innovation, but that the reality for this respondent is that there are hardly any. Rewards, either monetary or non-monetary are, according to our research, an essential element to building and sustaining entrepreneurship and innovation. The size of the difference between your ‘Ideal’ and your ‘Reality’ provides an indication of the severity of the problem in your own organization!

Note that there is no “positive” or “negative” correlation between answers left or right of the midpoint. In other words, answering with a “-3” does not necessarily indicate a judgmentally “negative” response. Please note the extremes measured in each question carefully before answering.

Good luck and we hope you receive useful feedback. Thanks for participating.