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This presentation gives the tools and knowledge to become more innovative - innovative thinking is essential to everybody in their daily lives. But innovation is not enough – you also need to learn how to communicate your ideas. By developing your personal brand and realizing your innovative spark, you will boost your ability to be a pivotal contributor on any team and will help you stand out and your organization prosper.

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Neocon Igniteinnovation

  1. 1. Ignite YOUR Innovation Meredith Thatcher, LEED® AP, IFMA Fellow, CFM NeoCon June 2010 Tanya Irvine, NCIDQ, CFM, LEED® AP Ignite YOUR Innovation Meredith Thatcher, CFM, IFMA Fellow, LEED® AP Thatcher Workplace Consulting and Tanya Irvine, NCIDQ, CFM, LEED® AP 12 BY 12 Planning + Design Ottawa, ON, Canada If there’s one thing successful innovators have shown over the years, it’s that great ideas come from unexpected places. The Spark n What is innovation? The term innovation refers n How does it differ from invention? to a new way of doing n The Big Picture something. It may refer to incremental and emergent or n The Solution Seeker radical and revolutionary changes in thinking, n The Problem Solver products, processes, or organizations. n Communicate the message Everything AND the kitchen sink! The Difference Between Innovation and Invention n Sustainable Sky Box n Inventors - often unable to capitalize on an idea n Will be built by 2012 n Innovators - build from that idea to make an impact n Located in Amsterdam n And the Winner is! The company that can make something n Designed by Architechten valuable through innovation – not the inventor who happens with J ith Jeanneworks k to come up with something that the market may or may not want. n If ‘NECESSITY and NEED’ were the mother of Invention, ‘GREED and INTEREST’ are the mother of Innovation. http://innovationcreators.com/wp/?p=202 Ignite YOUR Innovation © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 6 © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 1
  2. 2. Ignite YOUR Innovation Meredith Thatcher, LEED® AP, IFMA Fellow, CFM NeoCon June 2010 Tanya Irvine, NCIDQ, CFM, LEED® AP n The inability to take inventions into at least the preliminary stages of Innovation Gap development n Causes of the innovation gap n Financial – lack of funding to implement n Operational – organizational, managerial, and technical factors Source: http://wistechnology.com/articles/3954/ The BIG Picture Why now? And if you don’t… Executives are saying… n Wide gap between aspirations to innovate and ability to execute n A core driver of growth, performance, and value n 70%+ feel innovation will be one of the top three drivers of growth in the next 3-5 years n 94% believe people and corporate culture are the most important drivers of innovation n Seen as the most important way for companies to accelerate the n The competition is! pace of change in today’s economy n Strategic thinkers n Increased offshoring n moving beyond traditional product and service categories n pioneering innovations in business processes, distribution, n Loss of talent value chains, business models, and management Source: http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Strategy/Innovation/Leadership_and_innovation_2089 n Inability to profit from emerging trends and technologies Ignite YOUR Innovation © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 10 Who’s taking advantage… Closed vs. Open Innovation n Closed = controlled and self-sufficient n Open = internal and external idea sourcing However, n Knowledge n No longer belongs to an organization n Now belongs to employees, customers, suppliers, partners, competitors, other parties… © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 2
  3. 3. Ignite YOUR Innovation Meredith Thatcher, LEED® AP, IFMA Fellow, CFM NeoCon June 2010 Tanya Irvine, NCIDQ, CFM, LEED® AP Who we took advantage of… What if we looked at people this way? “Solution Seekers” AKA Leaders and “Problem Solvers” AKA Team members Ignite YOUR Innovation © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 14 Courage Solution Seekers n Take risks n Confront reality n Find rule breakers n “There are no failures, just things we ,j g Are Courageous don’t need to try again” Are Curious Are Tenacious Have Integrity Have Humility And build a culture of trust Ignite YOUR Innovation © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 16 Curiosity Tenacity n Keep faith in the n Pay attention to the world future around you n Find another way n Physical and digital n Tenacity or n People – diversity stubbornness st bbornness of team members n Actively manage and n Teams… drive innovation n Technologies n Look for quick n Trends success opportunities Ignite YOUR Innovation Ignite YOUR Innovation © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 17 © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 18 © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 3
  4. 4. Ignite YOUR Innovation Meredith Thatcher, LEED® AP, IFMA Fellow, CFM NeoCon June 2010 Tanya Irvine, NCIDQ, CFM, LEED® AP Integrity Humility n Do what you say you’ll do n Inspire trust through leadership n You don’t know everything! n Good judgment, n OK to fail – not from lack of trying or discernment, wisdom, lack of knowledge knowledge n Everyone can contribute n Steadiness of behaviour n Give credit where it’s due n Check your ego at the door Ignite YOUR Innovation Ignite YOUR Innovation © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 19 © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 20 Problem Solver Observe, listen, and speak n Consciously! n Become a pattern seeker p n Pay attention to the details Observe, listen and speak n Learn from the lessons around you Be open minded n Choose your words carefully Build YOUR innovation n Travel network Acknowledge constraints Walk in others’ shoes Build YOUR Innovation Network Be open minded n Expand your existing networks beyond your specific profession n Attend other events n Become comfortable with B f bl ih n Don’t be shy – TALK to ambiguity people n Start fresh n Don’t be afraid to polarize n No restrictions or inhibitions people n Listen to children n LinkedIn and Twitter n Jump to the next curve groups Ignite YOUR Innovation © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 24 © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 4
  5. 5. Ignite YOUR Innovation Meredith Thatcher, LEED® AP, IFMA Fellow, CFM NeoCon June 2010 Tanya Irvine, NCIDQ, CFM, LEED® AP Acknowledge Constraints n Stop complaining Walk in others’ shoes about them n Use them to ignite g your creativity n Learn all the "rules" and know when and n Be empathetic why to break them n Obtain a new perspective Ignite YOUR Innovation 25 n Solve the opposite problem © Thatcher Workplace Consulting Enablers Disablers – from our Network from our Network n Organizational n ‘This is how we always do it’ n Time n Treating innovation only as a creative process n Money n Environment that does not support n Network creativity n Environment of lip service to n Risk vs. Reward encouraging innovation n Environment – culture and workplace n Constant reorganization n No vision of end state n Encouraged to think differently n Lack of clarity n Exposure to new ideas, people and n n customer contact experiences n understanding of the larger context Ignite YOUR Innovation © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 28 Disablers – from our Network n Time Did you notice? n Putting out fires and running operations n Not enough time to think n Many are both n Short attention span enablers and disablers n No urgency n People p n Time n Passive aggressive people n Money n Competition within the team n Get in a rut; change is too difficult n Encouraged to n Coworkers not willing to try something different think differently n No feedback on usefulness of the innovation n It all comes down n Managers that encourage innovation, however to perception! either never implement or they use without attribution Ignite YOUR Innovation © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 29 © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 5
  6. 6. Ignite YOUR Innovation Meredith Thatcher, LEED® AP, IFMA Fellow, CFM NeoCon June 2010 Tanya Irvine, NCIDQ, CFM, LEED® AP Be mindful of… What YOU can do... n Saying ‘Always’ and ‘Never’ n Brainstorming n If you are unable to n Keep a notebook – ‘great’ and participate in discussions ‘needs work’ on <topic> n How can YOU solve the n Fear of social networking sites, sites challenge given the limitations? or addiction to: n Obsess about the ideas…and ‘Social NOTworking’ not the tools n There’s not enough…I can’t … n Research, test, fail, refine, test, research, etc. No one ever listens…what’s the point… n Practice the power of ‘So What’! n Brain stopping Ignite YOUR Innovation Ignite YOUR Innovation © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 31 © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 32 More of what YOU can do... Innovative Workplace n Ceiling height n Become a storyteller n High – abstract n Create an innovative work environment n Low – concrete n Music – play different music – what is n Lighting going through your head n Sunlight improved school scores in n Pretend you work for your competitor children n Find and join three new networks n Sunlight reduced cognitive decline in n Become an ‘Open Innovator’ the elderly n However, bright light counteracts n Innovation Exchange, IdeaConnection, IdeaMagnet relaxation and openness n Dim – more relaxed, more positive, shared more information Ignite YOUR Innovation Ignite YOUR Innovation Source: Scientific American Mind, April/May 2009 © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 33 © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 34 Innovative Workplace n Windows and views n Views of greenness – higher measure of mental focus Group Exercise n Natural focus n Contents n Curves significantly preferred n Sharp edged items=threat n Desks n in rows – work independently, improved behaviour n in semi-circle – increased student participation, number of questions n Carpets in hospitals – increased length of guest visits to speed up healing Ignite YOUR Innovation Source: Scientific American Mind, April/May 2009 © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 35 © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 6
  7. 7. Ignite YOUR Innovation Meredith Thatcher, LEED® AP, IFMA Fellow, CFM NeoCon June 2010 Tanya Irvine, NCIDQ, CFM, LEED® AP There are NO Dumb Questions! Communicate n If the message doesn’t get doesn t out, what’s the point? n Language and terminology n Before, during and after n Tools So What! Questions? Observations? n Which methods and characteristics ignite your innovation spark? n Teams are made up of p p , the best teams are p people, made up of innovative people n FM has the potential to be one of the most innovative professions n The agile corporation - executes in the present and adapts to the future http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Strategy/Innovation/The_adaptable_corporation_1757 n “Think Randomly, Execute Strategically” Mark Border, Snr Editor, Fast Company www.inhabitat.com If you’d like more information, or have questions, we can be contacted at …. n Colour changing remote control LED For Meredith: (613) 595-0439 light bulbs p g@ thatcherworkplaceconsulting@live.ca n Student award from design school for $1 For Tanya: (613) 727-1525 lamp twelve.by.12@live.ca n Cool lids for plain old cans You can also find us and a copy of n Solar forest charging this presentation on system for parking lots Ignite YOUR Innovation Ignite YOUR Innovation © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 41 © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 42 © Thatcher Workplace Consulting 7

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