Innovation Readiness Diagnostic

Are you ready to innovate? Complete both the Today state and Ideal state to identify where the current gaps are in your ability start innovating. 

Courage: ability to step into the unknown & experiment

1-3

You feel so overwhelmed that you're paralyzed from progressing beyond your current state. You lack the capability or confidence to advance much further.

4-6

You know there are big improvements to make, but you demand guarantees and enacting progressive change scares you.

7-9

You feel that most of the risk and uncertain parts of the business are in the past, so you now look forward to predictable success.

10-12

You're increasingly emboldened to try new things, experiment, push yourself outside your comfort zone & create new possibilities.

Prioritizing: doing what you love to do and what you're good at

1-3

You feel trapped in old work habits, servicing tasks that sap your energy and lamenting a lacklustre business model.

4-6

You're continually striving to make your own work more interesting, but revenue demands that you take on less ideal jobs that use up all your time.

7-9

You work in a business that is scalable, repeatable and profitable: requiring only modest improvements to maintain.

10-12

You are increasingly freeing yourself up to focus more of your time and attention on work that fascinates and motivates you. 

Objectivity: maintaining an even-keeled approach

1-3

You regularly lose perspective and feel like you're constantly pushed in different directions by the winds of change.

4-6

Occasionally you're reminded that objectivity will deliver your desired result but you remain susceptible to distractions.

7-9

Neutrality shifts sometimes but you regularly return to the vision and strategy as your North Star.

10-12

You understand change is a constant and are able to maintain perspective even in the most challenging situations.

Balance: knowing what works for you and expanding on it

1-3

Management of your personal & work time is out of control. You're continually working, and constantly distracted by uninspiring activities.

4-6

You have a chronic pattern of being super productive, followed by long periods of feeling completely off track and demotivated. 

7-9

You're not controlled by a schedule & have a time system that works for you. You unplug easily & fill your days with important and meaningful activities. 

10-12

You've mastered your calendar and manage your time to increase personal rejuvenation, productivity & preparation in the service of optimal impact.

Collaboration: trusting the team and building talent you can rely on

1-3

You feel trapped by energy-draining activities because you are surrounded by uninspiring individuals you don't enjoy or know.

4-6

Your career involves never-ending frustration because you're undertaking tasks you're not good at & unwilling to delegate to others with complementary skills.

7-9

Communication is an established two-way street. Thoughtful, concise interactions are used to share (and shear) important messages in a timely manner.

10-12

You continually simplify and reduce your own activities, while expanding your teamwork with talented individuals in every area of your life.

Connection: contributing to a thriving team environment

1-3

You feel alienated and alone & there's a lot of turnover. Honest sharing is nil, trust is low. Nobody is really contributing their best or saying how they feel.

4-6

'Team' is a nice word, but still an idea. You gather in a room weekly but the overall vibe is one of separateness. "Why me (again)?" is a common question. People need to step up to help more often.

7-9

The team finds meaning in their work, but the collective 'why' is a bit fuzzy. Sufficient energy exists to do jobs well and "We're great!" is a feeling and an oft-heard phrase.

10-12

You enjoy every meeting. The work is consistently energizing and laughter abounds. Excellence, joy and connection are constants. Life is great for all, the team is growing and you feel unstoppable.

Profitability: strategic growth that fuels quantity and quality

1-3

You continually fill your time with repetitive, transaction-based clients who are not growing and are likely becoming less and less profitable.

4-6

You believe things are getting harder within your market & looking ahead, it will be difficult to demonstrate your differentiation in order to grow.

7-9

You know from other's experience that there is a limit to how big the revenues & profits can be for your business without significant changes.

10-12

You're continually increasing your personal and organizational capabilities and competencies in order to achieve bigger and more profitable sales.

Adaptability: in a process of continual learning and growth

1-3

You feel increasingly confused and angry about the rapid progress and  breakthroughs of your competitors & other entrepreneurs. People seem to be be outperforming you. 

4-6

Your whole business career vacillates between good years & bad years, and you have no way of predicting which one will happen next. 

7-9

If you can grow 5-10% a year, while retaining good profit levels, you feel happy and have confidence in predictable results.

10-12

You're willing to transform everything in hopes of building a company that is much bigger and better than today, while creating freedom to pursue multiple passions.

Culture: living the vision and values day-to-day

1-3

You don't have time to waste. Vision and values are 'understood' but not talked about because people are busy. You're not sure if they're even that important.

4-6

You've read the vision and values somewhere but they're faint concepts. Your team can't actually repeat or speak to them in any meaningful way.

7-9

You have the vision and values proudly and prominently displayed. Although they're common knowledge, they're only used at critical times.

10-12

Your vision and values are daily tools used for storytelling and shaping culture. Everyone in the organisation can speak to them from personal experience.

Risk-taking: welcoming the unknown as an opportunity

1-3

Risks are for stunt people and extreme athletes. You avoid risks at all cost and prefer to stay with what you know. Failure is unacceptable.

4-6

You know what you do and it's working. You will only take a risk if it's practically guaranteed to succeed. The ghost of failures past still echo in the hallways.

7-9

Calculated risks are fun to consider and can move the business forward incrementally. You understand that mistakes are going to happen but would prefer they didn't.

10-12

You believe that hitting a home run with every idea is not as important as the willingness to try. The leadership team talks about their mistakes openly and views them as learning opportunities. 

Focus: concentrating on what matters most

1-3

"Squirrels & Shiny New Things" could be your motto. It's difficult to stay committed to one goal and your results prove it.

4-6

Goals exist but are blurry due to the immense volume. You're unable to prioritize even though you think you know what you want.

7-9

You're mostly getting things done but instinctively know that greater concentration would produce improved results and efficiency.

10-12

Multi-tasking is a myth you no longer believe in. You're fully present in the moment with your energy laser-focused on one thing at a time.

Communication: openly sharing and listening to each other

1-3

Things are moving so fast that some days you don't know what's going on. You're out of the loop, and confusion rules your day.

4-6

When communication happens it's usually inconsistent and one-sided. People withhold information and prefer to work in silos.

7-9

You've learned to listen and face-to-face discussion is preferred to electronic. Feedback is welcome and regularly invited.

10-12

Communication is an established two-way street and thoughtful, concise communication is used to share and hear important messages in a timely fashion.

Impact: the ability to change the rules

1-3

Effort and impact don't seem to be related. You're working hard but the team feels the weight of being ineffective.

4-6

You know there's a lesson in your failures but can't seem to grasp it. Frustration is an all too frequent visitor.

7-9

There's been some great successes but momentum eludes you. The leadership team is heading in the right direction.

10-12

Your vision is alive and the proof is all around you. Your team is humming on all cylinders and you regularly celebrate important wins.