Many companies struggle with the concept of innovation--what it means to them and how exactly it contributes to the growth of their business. It stands to reason that the primary factor behind this uncertainty is that these organizations do not understand the key variables that affect organic growth via innovation. Fortunately, enough experiential data is now available to draw viable conclusions about how to accelerate growth through innovation, as well as how to mitigate the risk associated with unstructured innovation. This data can be distilled into five key variables for successful innovation. Key #1: A Climate for InnovationOne way to mitigate the challenges of innovation is by establishing a climate suited for innovation; in other words, an organizational culture that rewards calculated risk-taking, collaboration and trust.