Don't Innovate. Be Innovative.
Innovation isn't a hobby or a project. It's a state of mind. It's a constant within your culture, either central to who you are, or distant from the everyday mindset.
Natural innovation comes from Your 4 Superstars
The most common issue when organizations struggle with innovation is surprisingly simple. Every organization requires 4 types of people to contribute to ideation, decision making, and strategy formation. If one of these superstars goes missing, we see the result immediately.
For innovation, we must have visionaries. There are a lot of crazy definitions of visionaries, but here's one you can use: visionaries care deeply about the outside world and progress within it. They empathize with the world, understand its needs, and prioritize that above all else.
But visionaries are not easy. If you had a visionary for a pet, it would be a bobcat, not a goldfish. They don't care as much about your own goals as they do about our customers' goals, and they are comfortable with confrontation if there's a difference of opinion.
When companies want to integrate visionaries into their ecosystem of leaders, we help set the stage to maximize upside and prepare the team for the new habits and styles that will emerge.
Set the table for Innovation
The best way to set the stage for innovation is through new organizational habits. We focus on one habit called "Roundtable," where a diverse group of high-performers and high-potentials are brought together to solve the organization's most complex opportunities.
Urgent or important? Today's needs or tomorrow's? Reach our goals or our customer's goals? Focus on employee experience or get work done?
Do you see the power of the word OR?
We don't live in a world of OR. We live in a world of AND. We must meet both today's and tomorrow's needs. We must focus on employees so that we can get work done. These are challenges that are inherently more complex, and we must adapt to handle that complexity. Businesses run solely on metrics and dashboards are not capable of noticing the nuance required for innovation, so we must implement new methods.
To tackle that complexity, we need new approaches to assembling teams and solving through the complexity.
Bandwidth - Get 30% of your time back
There is almost no person in the organization who cannot reclaim 30% of their time through a rigorous evaluation of what can be eliminated, automated, or done a better way. When you get that time back, innovation has fertile ground to take root in.
In every innovation-focused engagement, we thoroughly examine the bandwidth of every member of the team. We provide a concrete, prioritized list of improvements that can be implemented, with the goal of reclaiming 30% of every team member's time.
Improvements can be prioritized by time quantity, level of effort, and leading metrics impacted. An organization with more time to think and communicate is always a healthier organization.