If we accept that the innovation race will be won by a team rather than a lone individual, the next question is: how does that team need to operate? In We-Think, Charles Leadbeater provides insights into the framework that an innovation team must set up and share. Although Leadbeater focuses on online communities, the success factors he highlights apply whether the community meets online or in a more old-fashion way. As a matter of fact, Leadbeater got numerous insights from researching communities that were definitely not online, such as the Levellers, a political movement in 17th Century England and the mining industry in the 19th Century.
The success factors are:
- People – Core team & Contributors,
- Processes – Connect & Collaborate,
- Purpose – Co-Creation.
I was meditating on these words earlier this week, re-reading (although not quite for the millionth time) Rollo May’s The Courage to Create, when luck put me in touch with Dishaa and the Presencing Institute‘s core process of profound innovation.
Frank Cammas has finally won the Route du Rhum transatlantic race. People will say that he had the biggest boat. Indeed, his Groupama 3 trimaran was so large that it could not get into the lock that closes the harbour of Saint Malo where all competitors gathered 10 days ago at the start of the race.
However, size was not a guarantee, far from it. Actually, taking such a boat on a solo race represented a significant risk. Read more…
Too often the question of value extraction/retention is a dominant concern for all parties at too early a stage. For the sake of argument, let’s consider a supplier who has to develop a critical component for a customer who will integrate it in the design of a new finished product. The development process has not yet started that the customer plays its cards close to its chest with the conscious objective to retain as much of the value they will get from selling the finished product, Read more…