Pursuing innovation requires revamped leadership agenda: Expert

Five strategies to help CHROs build an employee-powered innovation culture
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/31/2018
Polly Labarre
A CHRO’s role is to foster a workplace culture that mobilizes successful change movements through a reshaped leadership model, said innovation expert Polly Labarre at HRPA’s CHRO Conference 2018 in Toronto on May 3. Credit: Ali Aghtar/HRPA

Contrary to most leadership mandates, innovation is not a top-down procedure, according to Polly Labarre, author and editorial director of the Management Lab in New York.

“Most large change programs or transformation programs fail… because they are tightly scripted and engineered from the top down, because they’re rolled out and pushed out to the organization versus trying to figure out where is the momentum,” she said. 

“If you look at the history of successful… change and social movements, often the most impactful change starts in the smallest way and the most unexpected places,” said Labarre, speaking at CHRO Conference 2018, hosted by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) in Toronto last month.