If we want to unleash human potential, we need to accelerate it by creatively harnessing chaos. A practical example of this is a playground: kids are playful and chaotic because they have defined structures and beautiful systems driving their development. Work should be no different. Let’s start inventing new playgrounds to accelerate humans in the world. Claire Burge is the CEO of This is Productivity. Part adventure seeker, part nerd, part psychologist, part technologist.
This year’s Management Innovator Award was won by a team of experimenters for their unconventional approach to organizational governance. The Budapest-based Society of Management Innovators announced the results of the international competition on December 16th, 2016.
Visions and consequently major innovations are molded by the technical and human revolutions that industries live in. In a time when just one big industrial revolution existed, every company simply had to follow the common path (see production automation in the 60′s-70′s). The 20th century car industry was a good example. Then Internet technology came onto the scene (more complex and diverse than the web from the early 2000′s) and the thread for innovation is no longer so straight forward.
Educational institutions have the reputation of being slow-moving behemoths, but this label is undeserved. According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, the educational sector worldwide is more innovative than it gets credit for.
Innovation has become a bit of a business buzzword. Every CEO and CIO worth their salt wants to be seen to be on the forefront, bringing new products and services to a market. However, it doesn’t always go to plan, and rushing in to things head first without the proper due diligence can land a company in hot water.
Dizem que variedade é “o tempero da vida” – mas no trabalho é o tempero, os ingredientes e uma boa parte de equipamento de cozinha também. No esforço para construir programas de inovação corporativos abrangentes e sustentáveis, entretanto, vemos muitas empresas ignorando a necessidade de diversidade – em alcance e composição de seus programas. Foi-se o tempo em que o crescimento de uma empresa pode ser sustentado com a inovação de alguns indivíduos solitários em um laboratório ou sala de conferência. Inovação nos dias de hoje precisa ser uma mentalidade singular em toda a empresa – com executivos não só pedindo, mas exigindo a colaboração de toda a organização enquanto buscam solucionar os problemas estratégicos e táticos que se interpõem no caminho do progresso.
They say variety is “the spice of life” – but in our working lives, it’s the spice, ingredients and a good portion of the kitchen equipment too. In striving to build comprehensive and sustainable enterprise innovation programs however, too often I see companies then ignoring the need for diversity – both in the reach and composition of their programmes. We are long past the days where a company’s growth can be sustained with innovation from a few solitary individuals in a lab or conference room. Innovation nowadays needs to be a singular mindset across the entire company – with executives not just asking, but instead requiring collaborative input from across the organisation as they look to solve the strategic and tactical problems that stand in the way of progress.
In 2014, you did all the right things and your business began to take off like a Harrier Jump Jet. However, now that you’ve been cruising at a high altitude for awhile, you can either choose to stay on course or go to a new level of elite performance.
Can you improve the innovation process as well as reducing the cost of engaging with users, developing new ideas and prototyping and testing solutions by making use of virtual environments? Jeffrey Philips and Jena Ball point the way.