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  1. 1. Creating a Culture for Government <br />Innovation following the FengShui<br />or ways to increase Government agility and effectiveness<br />Paul Boos<br />
  2. 2. But first…. some definitions…<br />fengshui / fəngshwē / Noun: (in Chinese thought) <br />A system of laws considered to govern arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi)<br />cul·ture / kəl·chər / Noun: <br />The total of the inherited ideas, beliefs, values, and knowledge, which constitute the shared bases of social action.<br />in·no·vate / in·ə·vāt / Verb:<br />1. Make changes in something established, esp. by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.<br />2. Introduce something new, esp. a product.<br />Change has to become the norm for good flow.<br />Definitions from dictionary.com.<br />
  3. 3. Put another way…<br />
  4. 4. to<br />
  5. 5. And second…. some limitations…<br />}<br />Statutory Requirements <br /> Federal Policies<br /> Budget<br /> Public Trust<br />i.e. <br />Do <br />What’s <br />Right<br />Limits inhibit innovation.<br />While we must remain aligned to these,<br />don’t artificially add any.<br />
  6. 6. So we’re going start to sow some seeds <br />to harvest<br />innovation. <br />
  7. 7. Let’s start with a question…<br />And that is…<br /> WHY? <br /> Why doesn’t the Gov’t innovate?<br />This will be answered by yourselves as we take the Path to Enlightenment.<br />
  8. 8. The Path of Enlightenment<br />1 Vision to bind them<br />Ummm… wait that’s bring them into focus<br />2 Types of Innovation to encourage<br />3 Organization Elements to develop<br />4 Team Values to support<br />5 Personae Characteristics to grow<br />
  9. 9. Let’s explore the innovationpersonae. <br />What characteristics do we need to grow in our people…<br />
  10. 10. Learning<br />through experience<br />When was the last time you read something and tried to put it into practice? … f e e d y o u r b r a i n …<br />
  11. 11. …and<br />Unlearning<br />There is no such thing as best practices. <br />We won’t always do it this way. <br />Unravel the need. Simplify. <br />
  12. 12. creating<br />Experiments!<br />Fail early to succeed. Each failure is a learning experience to succeed in your context.<br />
  13. 13. making<br />a<br />Commitment<br />Self.<br />Customer.<br />Team.<br />Change.<br />
  14. 14. maintaining<br />Passion<br />
  15. 15. What’s the FengShui for the 5 personacharacteristics? <br />In FengShui, the Number 5 carries the energy of -<br />change, <br />resourcefulness, <br /> adventure<br />Without the 5, innovation can’t happen.<br />
  16. 16. Let’s explore the innovationteam. <br />What values do we need to grow in a team…<br />
  17. 17. People and Interactions<br />It’s more than one of us.<br />
  18. 18. e<br />u<br />l<br />f<br />a<br />o<br />V<br />t<br />c<br />u<br />d<br />o<br />r<br />P<br />g<br />n<br />i<br />k<br />r<br />o<br />It gives confidence & instills trust.<br />W<br />
  19. 19. Customer<br />Collaboration<br />Pulling together; no one loses.<br />
  20. 20. Welcoming<br />Change<br />New opportunities arise only through change.<br />
  21. 21. What’s the FengShui for these 4teamvalues? <br />In FengShui, the Number 4 carries the meaning of –<br /> stability, <br /> grounding, <br /> security<br />The team provides stability during the changes.<br />
  22. 22. Let’s explore the innovationorganization. <br />What do we need to put in place to grow in the organization…<br />
  23. 23. Servant Leadership<br />Helping others grow to their full capacity unleashes loyal talent and energy.<br />
  24. 24. Increased Authority <br />& <br />Reponsibility<br />Greater experimentation happens when no one takes ownership away.<br />
  25. 25. Cross-Functional <br />Structures<br />Broaden knowledge and spur new ideas by helping diverse backgrounds come together.<br />
  26. 26. What’s <br />the FengShui<br />for the 3 elements<br />of the organization?<br />In FengShui, the Number 3 carries the energy of -<br />creativity, <br />family, <br /> self-expression<br />With safety, comes inventiveness.<br />
  27. 27. There are two types of innovation.<br />Lay seed for both.<br />
  28. 28. Kaizen<br />Small innovations <br />improve existing<br />products and services.<br />
  29. 29. Kaikaku<br />Disruptive innovations <br />create new products and services.<br />
  30. 30. What’s the FengShui for the types of innovation?<br />In FengShui, the Number 2 carries the energy of -<br />balance, <br />choice, <br />cooperation <br />Continuously pursue Kaizen <br />while leveraging Kaikaku.<br />
  31. 31. How do you bring innovations together into a cohesive direction?<br />Innovation still must support your organizational mission.<br />
  32. 32. A clearly communicated vision will bring the multitude of possible innovations together into focus.<br />The vision helps everyone understand the effectiveness of their innovations.<br />
  33. 33. What’s the FengShui for the vision?<br /> In FengShui, the Number 1 carries the <br /> energy of -<br />unobstructed flow of energy, <br /> new beginnings<br />Visualize the flow.<br />
  34. 34. Visualize <br />the flow.<br />The portfolio roadmap is the flow of innovation.<br />The value stream is the execution of vision.<br />
  35. 35. What’s the FengShui for these put together?<br /> 5 persona characteristics<br />+ 4 team principles<br />+ 3 organizational elements<br />+ 2 types of innovation<br />+ 1 vision/envisioning as a flow<br />15  1 + 5 = 6<br />In FengShui the number 6 yields -<br />calm, <br /> patience <br />Exactly what one needs during change<br />
  36. 36. Innovation (change) seems <br />to lack calmness when we<br />are missing one of these<br />but wait there’s one more thing…<br />
  37. 37. You can’t innovate unless you reflect on<br />what can <br />be better…<br />
  38. 38. Put another way…<br />To generate innovations<br />for the vision (of the future), <br />you reflect on the gaps (of the past). <br />Past & Future<br />Back to the FengShui of 2<br />
  39. 39. Retrospection <br />adds balance or choice<br />to the change; <br />it is a reminder of why, <br />our feedback loop. <br />It keeps us <br />on the path <br />or tells us when <br />a new path is needed. <br />
  40. 40. So when retrospection is added the FengShui is…<br /> 6 (yielding calm, patience)<br />+ 2 for Retrospection <br /> 8 <br /> In FengShui, the number 8 represents – <br /> infinity, <br /> abundance, <br /> success in business<br />
  41. 41. stones<br />of these <br />missing one<br />like<br />is<br />these items<br />Missing any of <br />
  42. 42. It could become <br />a difficultstep <br />to innovation.<br />
  43. 43. A summary of the FengShui for Government Innovation:<br />5 People-Oriented Characteristics to <br /> Encourage<br />4 Team Values to Support<br />3 Organizational Elements to Develop<br />2 Innovation Choices to Utilize<br />1 Vision and Reflect to Know How <br /> You’re Doing<br />Set <br />
  44. 44. Sow. Grow. Harvest.<br />Innovation<br />
  45. 45. Thanks!<br />boos.paul@epa.gov<br />@paul_boos<br />

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