Innovation in Difficult Times - Developing Innovative Leaders


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How to create an innovative culture.
How to develop a disruptive mindset.
How abundance impedes innovation.
How constraints often enable innovation.
How to enhance creativity.
How to embrace change and thrive.

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Innovation in Difficult Times - Developing Innovative Leaders

  1. 1. Innovation in Difficult Times: Developing Innovative Leaders Dr. Maynard Brusman Consulting Psychologist & Executive Coach We help companies assess, select, coach, and retain emotionally intelligent leaders INARF Preconference Leadership Symposium 3-9-2010
  2. 2. Learning Objectives o How to create an innovative culture. o How to develop a disruptive mindset. o How abundance impedes innovation. o How constraints often enable innovation. o How to enhance creativity. o How to embrace change and thrive.
  3. 3. Ambitious Agenda o Part One Learn New Ideas Provoke Thinking & Emotions o Part Two Action Learning Exercise Collaborate - Share Ideas & Resources
  4. 4. Quotes “The business enterprise has two, and only two basic functions: marketing and innovation. It is not necessary for a business to grow bigger, but it is necessary that it constantly grow better.” — Peter Drucker “Foremost among life’s teaching is the recognition that humans possess the capability to deal with complexity and interconnection. Human creativity and commitment are our greatest resources.” — Margaret Wheatley “Everything in the world already exists; whatever seems new is something old rearranged.” – Max de Pree
  5. 5. My Pet Rock Story
  6. 6. A Whole New Mindset o Whatever thinking got you here won’t get you there. o Right brain thinkers invent the future. o Storytellers.
  7. 7. Workplace Innovation Definition o The process of turning new ideas into stakeholder benefit.
  8. 8. The Innovation Imperative o Change or die.
  9. 9. Most Innovative Companies
  10. 10. Spark of Creativity oWhat can look like madness in business is often the solution.
  11. 11. The Secrets of Innovation oCreative Models oReal-World Impact oFar-sighted Risk-T aking oParadigm-busting Execution
  12. 12. Strategic Innovation Inquiry o Is innovation a strategic focus? o Describe your innovation culture? o Does your organization value innovation? o Who cares about innovation and why? o Where is the spirit of innovation alive?
  13. 13. Creating a Climate of Trust o Failure means learning.
  14. 14. Creating a Climate for Innovation o Innovate to survive and thrive. o Design for change as the norm. o Create purposeful, focused change. o Nurture atmosphere of creativity. o Believe failure is learning. o Innovation is work rather than genius.
  15. 15. Employee Engagement o Happy employees drive innovation. o Gallup Study: Engaged employees inspire company innovation. o Engaged employees best source of new ideas. o Who’s driving innovation at your agency?
  16. 16. Tough Times Call for Disruptive Innovation oNecessity is the mother of invention. oOld rules for success become recipes for failure. oWhatever got you here won’t create a sustainable future.
  17. 17. Disruptors are Game Changers oDisruptors change the game. o Disruptive Innovations *Apple’s iPAD
  18. 18. Disruptive Innovation Mindset oDevelop a disruptive mindset. 1. What to stop doing… 2. Start doing 3. Do differently
  19. 19. The Abundance Paradox oT oo much time or money. oFollow fatally flawed strategies. oConstraints enable innovation.
  20. 20. The Leadership Challenge o Embrace paradox and systematize disruptive innovation. o Develop awareness of self and others. o Learn to ask “what if…” questions. o Innovative leadership with executive coach.
  21. 21. The Innovative Leader’s DNA o Five “discovery skills” 1. Associating 2. Questioning 3. Observing 4. Experimenting 5. Networking
  22. 22. Reinvention o Series of transformations. o Not changing what is, but creating what isn’t.
  23. 23. Case Study oNext Life
  24. 24. Let Go of Stress and Relax “T” Shirt
  25. 25. Neuroscience – The Creative Brain
  26. 26. Mindmapping o Exploring Creativity and Problem-Solving
  27. 27. Harness Creative Talents
  28. 28. Build a Climate for Creativity o Know employees creative strengths. o Recognize and reward creative contribution. o Make it safe to take risks. o Reduce stress through play and humor. o Present problems as a game. o Involve everyone in building creative collaboration.
  29. 29. 6 Managerial Creativity Practices 1.Challenge 2.Freedom 3.Resources 4.Work-Group Features 5.Supervisory Encouragement 6.Organizational Support
  30. 30. Meaning is the Key to Engaging Creativity 1. Who is my self? 2. What is my work?
  31. 31. 5 Qualities of Creativity 1. Intuition 2. Will 3. Joy 4. Strength 5. Compassion
  32. 32. Four Tools 1. Faith in your own creativity 2. Absence of judgment 3. Precise observation 4. Penetrating questions
  33. 33. Negativity Creates a Death Spiral o Negativity, judgment and fear are the enemies of creativity. o Proactive vs. Reactive o Positive Psychology
  34. 34. Taking the Mystery Out of Innovation oCapture good ideas. oKeep ideas alive and accessible. oImagine new uses for old ideas. oPut promising concepts to the test.
  35. 35. Seven Sources of New Ideas 1. Unexpected occurrences 2. Incongruities 3. Process needs 4. Industry and market changes 5. Demographic changes 6. Changes in perception 7. New knowledge
  36. 36. Enhancing Creativity oEngage employees intrinsic motivation. oT ap into underlying values. o Develop resourcefulness. 1. Expertise 2. Creative-thinking skills
  37. 37. Team Creativity o Add innovation to your competency model. o Involve team in building creative collaboration. o Innovation feedback ● I want you to stop doing… ● I want you to continue doing… ● I want you to start doing…
  38. 38. Creating an Idea Factory: Lessons from Edison o World’s first R& D invention factory. o Use old ideas and materials in new ways. o Innovation requires hard, focused and purposeful work.
  39. 39. Innovative Change Questions Exercise oWhat needs to change in your organization to thrive? oWhat do you need to start doing, stop doing and do differently?
  40. 40. Action Learning Exercise oCreatively apply one idea to your workplace.
  41. 41. Questions & Answers
  42. 42. Developing Innovative Leaders for a Sustainable Future o Innovation Leadership Coaching o Coaching helps leaders develop their skills to do more with less. • Assessment & Feedback for Self-Insight • Identification of Strengths & Weaknesses • Creation of Goals and Action Plans • Develop and Practice Problem-Solving Skills • Seed the Creation of an Innovation Culture
  43. 43. Innovation Leadership Coach
  44. 44. Working Resources Thank You!
  45. 45. Resources for Further Information o Dweck, C.S. (2006). Mindset –The New Psychology of Success. New York, NY: Ballatine Books. o Pink, D.H (2006). A Whole New Mind – Why Right- Brainers Will Rule The Future. New York, NY: Penguin Group. o Wycoff, J. (1991). Mindmapping. New York, NY: Penguin Putnam. o Michalko, M., (2006). Thinkertoys. Berkeley, CA: T en Speed Press. o Epstein, R. (2000).The big book of creativity games. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
  46. 46. Social Media o Connect with me on these Social Media sites. http://twitter .com/drbrusman usman brusman rdbrusman
  47. 47. Dr. Maynard Brusman Consulting Psychologist & Executive Coach Working Resources P .O. Box 471525 San Francisco, California 94147 T el: 415-546-1252 E-mail: Web Site: Subscribe to Working Resources Newsletter: Visit Maynard's Blog: