Creating a Culture of Government Innovation using Feng Shui
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In this presentation, I discuss the aspects you need to develop in your people, your teams, and your organization to become innovative. I also discuss the two types of innovation your organization......

In this presentation, I discuss the aspects you need to develop in your people, your teams, and your organization to become innovative. I also discuss the two types of innovation your organization should be open to taking on and lastly how you make innovations support your organization. This has a slight Government slant, but should be useful for most any organization.

I'll be posting replies to comments received at the AgileDC conference; most likely on my blog: boosianspace.posterous.com.

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  • 1. Creating a Culture for GovernmentInnovation following the Feng Shui or ways to increase Government agility and effectiveness Paul Boos
  • 2. But first…. some definitions…feng shui / fəng shwē / Noun: (in Chinese thought)A system of laws considered to govern arrangementand orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi) cul·ture / kəl·chər / Noun: The total of the inherited ideas, beliefs, values, and knowledge, which constitute the shared bases of social action. in·no·vate / in·ə·vāt / Verb: 1. Make changes in something established, esp. by introducing new methods, ideas, or products. 2. Introduce something new, esp. a product. Change has to become the norm for good flow. Definitions from dictionary.com.
  • 3. Put another way…
  • 4. to
  • 5. And second…. some limitations…Statutory Requirements Federal Policies i.e.Do What’s Budget Right Public Trust Limits inhibit innovation. While we must remain aligned to these, don’t artificially add any.
  • 6. So we’re goingstart to sowsome seedsto harvestinnovation.
  • 7. Let’s start with a question…And that is… WHY? Why doesn’t the Gov’t innovate? This will be answered by yourselves as we take the Path to Enlightenment.
  • 8. The Path of Enlightenment 1 Vision to bind them Ummm… wait that’s bring them into focus2 Types of Innovation to encourage 3 Organization Traits to develop 4 Team Values to support5 Personae Characteristics to grow
  • 9. Let’s explore the innovation personae. What characteristics do we need to grow in our people…
  • 10. Learning through experienceWhen was the last time you readsomething and tried to put it intopractice? … f e e d y o u r b r a i n …
  • 11. …andUnlearning There is no such thing as best practices. We won’t always do it this way. Unravel the need. Simplify.
  • 12. creatingExperiments! Fail early to succeed. Each failure is a learning experience to succeed in your context.
  • 13. making aCommitment Self. Customer. Team. Change.
  • 14. maintaining Passion
  • 15. What’s the Feng Shui for the 5 persona characteristics? In Feng Shui, the Number 5 carries the energy of - change, resourcefulness, adventure Without the 5, innovation can’t happen.
  • 16. Let’s explore the innovation team.What values do we need to grow in ateam…
  • 17. People and InteractionsIt’s more than one of us.
  • 18. It gives confidence & instills trust.
  • 19. CustomerCollaboration Pulling together; no one loses.
  • 20. Welcoming ChangeNew opportunities arise only through change.
  • 21. What’s the Feng Shui for these 4 team values? In Feng Shui, the Number 4 carries the meaning of – stability, grounding, securityThe team provides stability during the changes.
  • 22. Let’s explore the innovation organization. What traits do we need to grow in the organization… Diagram from Pictofigo
  • 23. Servant LeadershipHelping others grow to their full capacityunleashes loyal talent and energy.
  • 24. Increased Authority & Reponsibility Greater experimentation happens when no one takes ownership away.
  • 25. Cross-FunctionalStructures Diagram from PictofigoBroaden knowledge and spur new ideas byhelping diverse backgrounds come together.
  • 26. What’s the Feng Shui for the 3 traits of the organization?In Feng Shui, the Number 3 carries the energy of -creativity, family, self-expression With safety, comes inventiveness.
  • 27. There are two forms of innovation. Lay seed for both.
  • 28. KaizenSmall innovationsimprove existingproducts and services.
  • 29. KaikakuDisruptive innovationscreate new products and services.
  • 30. What’s the Feng Shui for the formsof innovation? In Feng Shui, the Number 2 carries the energy of - balance, choice, cooperationContinuously pursue Kaizenwhile leveraging Kaikaku.
  • 31. How do you bring innovations together into a cohesive direction? Innovation still must support your organizational mission.
  • 32. A clearly communicated vision willbring the multitude of possibleinnovations together into focus. The vision helps everyone understand the effectiveness of their innovations.
  • 33. What’s the Feng Shui for the singlevision? In Feng Shui, the Number 1 carries the energy of - unobstructed flow of energy, new beginnings Visualize the flow.
  • 34. Visualize the flow. The portfolio roadmap is the flow of innovation. The value stream is the execution of vision.
  • 35. What’s the Feng Shuifor these put 5 persona characteristics + 4 team principlestogether? + 3 organizational elements + 2 types of innovation + 1 vision/envisioning as a flow 15  1 + 5 = 6 In Feng Shui the number 6 yields - calm, patience Exactly what one needs during change
  • 36. Innovation (change) seemsto lack calmness when weare missing one of these but wait there’s one more thing…
  • 37. You can’t innovateunless you reflect on what can be better…
  • 38. Put another way… To generate innovations for the vision (of the future),you reflect on the gaps (of the past). Past & Future Back to the Feng Shui of 2
  • 39. Retrospection adds balance or choice to the change; it is a reminder of why, our feedback loop. It keeps us on the path or tells us whena new path is needed.
  • 40. So when retrospection is addedthe Feng Shui is… 6 (yielding calm, patience) + 2 for Retrospection 8 In Feng Shui, the number 8 represents – infinity, abundance, success in business
  • 41. like isMissing any of
  • 42. It could become a difficult step to innovation.
  • 43. A summary of the Feng Shui for Government Innovation: 5 People-Oriented Characteristics to Encourage 4 Team Values to Support 3 Organizational Traits to Develop 2 Innovation Choices to UtilizeSet 1 Vision and Reflect to Know How You’re Doing
  • 44. Sow. Grow. Harvest.Innovation
  • 45. Thanks! boos.paul@epa.gov @paul_boos