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Sessions D & J: Main Presentation for "Igniting Innovative Thinking & Action"


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Sessions D & J: Igniting Innovative Thinking & Action (parts one and two) presented by Jeanne Larson, president, The Incubator.

Sessions D & J: Igniting Innovative Thinking & Action (parts one and two) presented by Jeanne Larson, president, The Incubator.

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  • 1. Innovation=Creativity * Risk Taking
    FORWARD 2011
    Jeanne Larson, MBA
    September 20, 2011
  • 2. Igniting Innovative Thinking & Action….
  • 3. Risk taking---Exercise in new thinking & doing
    You have 3 minutes to introduce yourself to each other at your table or across tables in a new & different way!
    Now draw a picture of your neighbor in 2 minutes!
  • 4.  
    The most valuable organizations of the future will be rich in ideas, embody a culture where innovation is a core capability and value, and will embrace new and unusual ways of fostering innovation.
    PriceWaterhouse Coopers
  • 5. Entrepreneurs & Intrapreneurs
    Because entrepreneurs have had the courage to ask questions and take risk—wheels were invented, humans learned to fly, machines were made to work more efficiently and the world moved forward.
    The spirit to invent and innovate lies at the heart of true entrepreneurship.Janine de Nysschen (blog)
  • 6. innovation?
    What exactly is
    Some shared definitions….
    • Ideas that never existed before and are then converted into reality.
    • 7. How to use things in ways that have never been done before.
    • 8. The ability to see opportunity.
  • What gets in our way of innovating?
  • 9. The telephone has too many short comings to be seriously considered a means of communication. Western Union Internal Memo, 1876
    There is no reason for any individuals to have a computer in their home. Ken Olson, President of DEC, 1977
    Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value. Marshall Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superiere de Guerre
  • 10. 1984
  • 11. 1949
  • 12. 1970’s
  • 13. No one ‘envisioned search-engine optimizers or web designers or executive coaches or nano technologists… When we’re cabined in the present, we suffer from a certain poverty of imagination. We massively underestimate the human ingenuity and resilience. The future will bring industries we can’t imagine and jobs which we lack the vocabulary to describe.
    Daniel Pink as interviewed by Geoffrey Colvin, CNN Money .com
    What I’m actually saying is that when the world is flat, the biggest competition is between you and your imagination.
    Thomas Friedman
  • 14. Imagine it is 1995
    I’m going to describe two new encyclopedias –one just out, the other to be launched in a few years. You have to predict which one will be more successful in 2010.
    The first encyclopedia comes from Microsoft. Microsoft will fund this encyclopedia, pay professional writers and editors to craft articles on thousands of topics. Microsoft will sell it on CD-roms.
    The second encyclopedia won’t come from a company. It will be created by tens of thousands of people who write and edit articles for fun. Participants will contribute their labor. The encyclopedia will be on-line and free—no charge to anyone.
    Which one will be successful and which one will go defunct?
    Story in the book, DRIVE, by Daniel Pink
  • 15. How are you at this....
    No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered.
    Winston Churchill
  • 16. Why is innovation important?
    Greater efficiencies
    Increased revenues
    Better ways of delivering services
    New services/product ideas
    Improved service to customers and clients
    Results……Better, Faster, Cheaper
  • 17. starts with you!
  • 18. Two key assumptions
    Every individual has the capacity to innovate...& to be more innovative than they currently are!
    Every leader can foster greater creativity, risk taking and innovation in those around them.
  • 19. IN SHORT
    The capacity to innovate is about the ideas we think about, creativity, and the risks that we’re willing to take to bring those ideas into reality.
  • 20.   They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
    Sir Francis Bacon
    if you are always focused on the may miss the opportunity...
  • 21. Examples of innovation in your organization or industry?
  • 22. Creativity & Risk Taking are the fundamental competencies needed by individuals and organizations to create the accelerated change and directional shifts necessary for growth and renewal.
    Richard Byrd, Ph.D.
  • 23. Creativity–Exercise in new thinking & doing
    There are 3 objects:
    Top Hat
    Wheel Barrow
    Fishing Rod
    As a group, answer the following question: What are the similarities amongst these 3 items?
  • 24. The Creatrix FEI EventCreativity Score: 133Risk Taking Score: 158GroupOrientation: Modifier
  • 25. What is interesting about these results?
    Advantages & Disadvantages?
  • 26. What about your own results?
  • 27. Do these results fit for you? Why? Why not?
    Who do you like best to work with/supervise? Least to work with/supervise?
    Pair up....any other insights from others?
  • 28. Teams, Teams, Teams
    Before you can select the right team members for innovative problem solving, you need to understand:
    What you are trying to achieve with the team—What result are you looking for? and then…..
    What are the right Creatrix Orientations to include on that team?
  • 29. Creativity & Risk-Taking Drivers
    Creativity Drivers
    Risk-Taking Drivers
  • 30. The 4 Creativity Drivers
    Ambiguity-“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly”. Buckminster Fuller
    • Independence-“I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like”. Coco Chanel
    Inner-directed-”We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new thing, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”. J. K. Rowling
    Uniqueness- “It’s no secret that we were sticking just about every nickel we had on the chance that people would really be interested in something totally new....”Walt Disney
  • 31. The 3 Risk-Taking Drivers?
    Authenticity- “Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776”. Susan B Anthony
    Resiliency-“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”. Thomas Edison
    Self-acceptance- “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves”. Marie Curie
  • 32. FEI Event Drivers
  • 33. Practices for YOU, as a leader
  • 34.
  • 35. “The illiterate of the future are not those who can’t read and write but those that cannot learn, unlearn, and re-learn.” Alvin Toffler, Future Shock
    Contact information:
  • 36. What if….?
    You had 7 fingers
    Each day for 30 min gravity ceased to exist
    Discuss & write down your ideas in your group
  • 37. What if…..?
    Think about your ‘what if’ for your work and organization and write them down.
    Now pass around each of your ‘what ifs’ to each member of your group and they write down their ideas to your ‘what if’ – Result?
    What have you just created and can take action on when you return to your community?
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