One of the first questions today was about the challenge of staffing an innovation team. Should the firm identify a small, full time team or rely on "part time" innovators? And, if they used part-time innovators, how should they keep them focused on innovation and minimize the distraction from their day job? This question was right out of the playbook of most of my US clients.
Another question dealt with management commitment. Sure, the person said, my executives talk about and expect us to innovate, but don't support innovation with their efforts and goals. They emphasize short term profits. Again, a complaint we hear consistently in our US and European based clientele.
It would appear that no matter where you are in the world, many of the challenges you face as an innovator are the same. With that in mind, there's less reason to accept rejection, since the questions and decision rationale you are receiving is exactly the same as innovators in the UK, Germany, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.
More on this as the day progresses...