What is the difference between invention and innovation? People.
Successful innovation requires that solutions are adopted. No matter how clever, if an idea is not adopted, then it is an invention, not an innovation.
As innovation leaders, sometimes we focus exclusively on the creative phase. If we don’t consider the people implementing new ideas, they might not fully succeed. Innovation requires organizational change, and organizational change begins with managing individual change.
Paul Babin, thyssenkrupp’s Director of Technology, Innovation and Sustainability, illustrates how change management models can guide leaders to create a pathway that encourages employees to embrace innovation and the changes it brings.
Paul Babin, thyssenkrupp North America’s Director of Technology, Innovation and Sustainability (TIS), is responsible for enhancing regional TIS activities across the four North American business areas by leading coordination and collaboration among thyssenkrupp’s operating companies.
As a Six Sigma master black belt, he oversees operational excellence activities, including Six Sigma Lean training and coaching for project teams. He also works closely with our university partnership programs, including sponsored research and engineering recruiting activities.
Dr. Babin began his career with thyssenkrupp in 2010 in the elevator technology business area, in quality management, Six Sigma training, and new product testing within R&D.