The smartness of the team is smarter than the smartest in the team.
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.
At the Beijing Olympics, the 4 x 100m relay was won by the Russian team in 42 seconds – apologies for not being much interested in the tenths and hundredths – while the 400m was won by Christine Ohuruogu in a time of 49 seconds. At the risk of stating the obvious, the same distance is covered a lot faster by a relay team than by a single individual, however talented. Read more…