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Interesting how the Harvard Business Review site uses the Italian Soccer team and his last (poor) performance at the last World Championship as a good example of bad innovation strategy:

Because Lippi hadn’t invested in fresh talent or new schemes, he found himself in an innovation capability trap. Similarly, organizations can either get employees to work harder or improve how they work by modifying processes and improving capabilities. If they focus solely on the former, productivity will rise and short-term results may improve — but the system will break down at some stage. It’s impossible to deploy new capabilities when you need to if you haven’t already invested in developing them.

OK, the fact the the author of the post is Italian (Alessandro Di Fiore, CEO of the European Centre for Strategic Innovation) may explain something: may be he is a Cassano or Balotelli fan 🙂

Who knows how this post would have been titled if Italy had won the championship: may be ‘Team spirit to boost commitment’, ‘The team wins over turnover’, ‘Never change a winning team’.

So what’s your idea? Trust the winning team or change? Change a little, everything or nothing?