Fractal Innovation

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A whimsical exploration of innovation techniques from a fractal point of view!

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Fractal Innovation

  1. 1. Zoom In ZOOM IN Innovation May 2009 © Mick Yates May 2009 1
  2. 2. science? Science? z(0) = c = pixel z(n+1) = z(n)^2 + c © Mick Yates May 2009 2
  3. 3. beauty? © Mick Yates May 2009 3
  4. 4. Beauty? © Mick Yates May 2009 4
  5. 5. beauty? © Mick Yates May 2009 5
  6. 6. new, or the same? © Mick Yates May 2009 6
  7. 7. is this something new? © Mick Yates May 2009 7
  8. 8. … or this? © Mick Yates May 2009 8
  9. 9. … or this? © Mick Yates May 2009 9
  10. 10. Innovation - just the other side of chaos? © Mick Yates May 2009 10
  11. 11. Zoom Out ZOOM OUT © Mick Yates May 2009 11
  12. 12. this beige dot is the same …? © Mick Yates May 2009 12
  13. 13. beige dot …. context makes it different? © Mick Yates May 2009 13
  14. 14. beige dot …. relationships confuse? © Mick Yates May 2009 14
  15. 15. beige dot …. hair or sand? © Mick Yates May 2009 15
  16. 16. beige dot …. who cares? It’s the big picture that counts! © Mick Yates May 2009 16
  17. 17. Being a fractal in plain English… • Leaders need to encourage and train themselves and others to – ENVISION: Look for patterns – ENABLE: Provide tools to look for and act on patterns – EMPOWER: Allow people to find their own tools and patterns – ENERGIZE: Find ways to motivate people to find their own tools and patterns © Mick Yates May 2009 17
  18. 18. Point attractors … People are drawn to one particular activity, or repelled from another. There is a point when the energies are in balance – the “saddle point”. e.g. programs are a “point”, and so are “dollar targets”. agree on common goals © Mick Yates May 2009 18
  19. 19. Cycle attractors … People are drawn first to one thing and then to another, like a circling magnet, attracting, then repelling, then attracting again. e.g. keep thinking that you can’t do anything about a problem you face .. not knowing how to work with others to fix it! agree on external enemies © Mick Yates May 2009 19
  20. 20. Torus attractors … People are drawn to a complex set of attracting events which are important to them on many levels – repeating again, year in and year out. e.g. seeing one’s own experiences & function as central to the needs of the organization! agree on interdependence © Mick Yates May 2009 20
  21. 21. Strange attractors … Lorenz Like a person who pulls other people towards them - like the gravity around a star. The people (points) will remain in chaos and change unpredictably. Regardless of how chaotic points become, they will always remain in an agree on common values orbit around the attractor. © Mick Yates May 2009 21
  22. 22. Being an attractor in plain English • Leaders need to encourage and train themselves and others to – ENVISION:Build a dream based on a common valueset – ENABLE:Institutionalize the dream with an action plan (IQ?) – EMPOWER: Provide opportunities to repeat people’s learning about the dream (EQ?)?) – ENERGIZE: Understand what makes people dream and how to respond © Mick Yates May 2009 22

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