Organizations create efficiency by choosing one project over another. But is that really the way to innovate?
Leadership wants to support one initiative, not twenty. As a result, everyone's fighting. They can't agree on a single project because each wants to do it his or her own way.
Okay. Let them.
Catalog all the projects working toward a solution to the problem
Publish the efforts in a central location along with contact numbers for the project managers
Create an open forum for the sharing of information and best practices
Encourage but don't force collaboration by creating mechanisms for other projects to be rewarded for rewarding other projects (e.g. a project may be funded just because they are good at acknowledging and borrowing ideas from other projects)
Open up a fund and accept nominations for projects that seem interesting
Pay out funds for those projects that are stirring the most interest
Dispense with formal, top-down, planning initiatives. Instead: read and listen.
Publicize the most promising efforts beyond the walls of the organization
Sponsor conferences and seminars for those working on the projects
Help connect projects with each other and with funders