Humans have a need for control. Okay, some more than others, but still most people have some level of needing to control the world around them to the extent that they can. Many people in large organizations have risen to executive levels because of their ability to tightly control their environment. Nobody wants to be out of control, so the ability to control must be a good trait, right?
Innovation. Is it controllable? By definition, innovation results in something new that didn't exist before. Innovation is the result of analysis, creativity, and application. While there can be a process that bounds innovation there seems to be an organic element to it that occurs naturally when the conditions are right. If you knew exactly what was to be created before you started, would that be innovative? You may know the goals, or at least the intent, but you probably don't know what the end result will look like at the outset.
I believe that in many cases, a person's need for control is in direct conflict with innovation. You can oversee innovaiton, you can direct it and you can certainly encourage it. But to try to control it is to kill it. Michelangelo was credited with saying that he didn't carve marble into a sculpture, rather he released the sculpture that was trapped within the marble. Does innovation work the same way? Instead of trying to control innovation, focus on creating an environment where innovation can flourish; where it organically occurs. Don't force it, release it - and direct it along its way.
Almost every organization claims that they are focusing on innovation. But clearly, most are falling short. The skills that got them where they are today are different than the skills that will drive them forward with success. There will still be tactical areas within the organization that require control (e.g. compliance, legal, finance, etc), but departments focused on innovation will require a very different culture. And that inevitably will require a new skill set. Do you have the right people on your team to achieve the goals you have set?