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 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.

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Creating a Culture of Government Innovation using Feng Shui

  1. 1. Creating a Culture for GovernmentInnovation following the Feng Shui or ways to increase Government agility and effectiveness Paul Boos
  2. 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. 3. Put another way…
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  5. 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. 6. So we’re goingstart to sowsome seedsto harvestinnovation.
  7. 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. 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. 9. Let’s explore the innovation personae. What characteristics do we need to grow in our people…
  10. 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. 11. …andUnlearning There is no such thing as best practices. We won’t always do it this way. Unravel the need. Simplify.
  12. 12. creatingExperiments! Fail early to succeed. Each failure is a learning experience to succeed in your context.
  13. 13. making aCommitment Self. Customer. Team. Change.
  14. 14. maintaining Passion
  15. 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. 16. Let’s explore the innovation team.What values do we need to grow in ateam…
  17. 17. People and InteractionsIt’s more than one of us.
  18. 18. It gives confidence & instills trust.
  19. 19. CustomerCollaboration Pulling together; no one loses.
  20. 20. Welcoming ChangeNew opportunities arise only through change.
  21. 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. 22. Let’s explore the innovation organization. What traits do we need to grow in the organization… Diagram from Pictofigo
  23. 23. Servant LeadershipHelping others grow to their full capacityunleashes loyal talent and energy.
  24. 24. Increased Authority & Reponsibility Greater experimentation happens when no one takes ownership away.
  25. 25. Cross-FunctionalStructures Diagram from PictofigoBroaden knowledge and spur new ideas byhelping diverse backgrounds come together.
  26. 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. 27. There are two forms of innovation. Lay seed for both.
  28. 28. KaizenSmall innovationsimprove existingproducts and services.
  29. 29. KaikakuDisruptive innovationscreate new products and services.
  30. 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. 31. How do you bring innovations together into a cohesive direction? Innovation still must support your organizational mission.
  32. 32. A clearly communicated vision willbring the multitude of possibleinnovations together into focus. The vision helps everyone understand the effectiveness of their innovations.
  33. 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. 34. Visualize the flow. The portfolio roadmap is the flow of innovation. The value stream is the execution of vision.
  35. 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. 36. Innovation (change) seemsto lack calmness when weare missing one of these but wait there’s one more thing…
  37. 37. You can’t innovateunless you reflect on what can be better…
  38. 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. 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. 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. 41. like isMissing any of
  42. 42. It could become a difficult step to innovation.
  43. 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. 44. Sow. Grow. Harvest.Innovation
  45. 45. Thanks! boos.paul@epa.gov @paul_boos

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