Who Are We?

Jo-Louise Huq (Ph.D., MBA, CCMP)

& Kathryn York (MBA, B.Comm)

When we started this blog, JL had recently completed her dissertation and was looking for ways to share some of what she had learned about innovation and change. Kathryn had returned from 10 years in Hong Kong where she had an amazing set of experiences working with Fortune 500 companies. Now, a few years out, we are consulting and working on interesting and complex(!) change and innovation projects through CCIG | collective change and innovation group and other engagements.

Over the past few years we’ve been asked a lot of questions about change and innovation. This blog is our platform to reflect on these questions and share research, ideas, and our experiences. We hope you will join us by following.

We’ve learned a lot from research, practitioner resources, and our and our clients’ successes and mistakes. And, while we may not always have the answer, we can offer insights and ideas that will support change and innovation work.  

Some of our thoughts on change and innovation —

  • Change and innovation processes are emergent and iterative and can be guided but not directed. Structured processes that allow for flexibility and engagement are needed.
  • Collaborating seems to work better than imposing or directing change and innovation.
  • People in organizations might support change even when their actions suggest otherwise. It’s important to dig into ‘resistance’ to understand why it is happening and what it means.
  • Even when people agree that change is needed and with the future vision, they may not know how to change their behaviors and ways of working. Slow adoption can happen because of many reasons.

This blog is linked to CCIG: Collaborative Change and Innovation Group (ccigsolutions.com). Through CCIG, we support sectors, organizations, and individuals who want to encourage collaborative change and innovation to better address social and organizational challenges.

Links to Jo-Louise’s published works are available on her Linkedin page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jo-louise-huq-b5824028/