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Leading Innovation

What makes for a successful leader of innovation efforts?  It is different from what makes for a successful innovator in many crucial ways.  The requirements of a successful innovation leader are different than those of a creative star.  You don’t have to be the rock star, the source of all ideas, the superstar inventor.  You need to be the shepherd of Climate, Thinking and Action,...

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Trends having an impact on how people think about “Innovation”

By Synecticsworld Three trends that we observed accelerating in 2015. Over the 55 years we have been working in the innovation business, we have observed a lot of changes come and go. It has been important to be able to identify what are the important fundamental shifts that are going to last for many years and change the way clients approach their challenges and opportunities...

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GOT GROWTH? 4 Questions to Prepare for Strategy Innovation By Connie Williams

Connie Williams, CMO & General Partner Synecticsworld When will you start your strategy planning process this year? Most companies do a reasonably good job at strategic planning. Strategy planning is a rigorous implementation process to achieve objectives. It involves a fit to the existing business model aligned with the value proposition already in place. Through historical data and analytical processes, it builds the future plan...

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Innovation Triggers

By Joe Giordano In a previous post, I talked about the notion of renovation versus innovation. Both have their place in the business world, however I feel that organizations and their leaders tend to confuse the two when the business needs to make growth truly happen. There are complexity issues that encompass both renovation and innovation looking from the outside into any organization; using the...

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The Not-Yet-Viable Product

By Paul D. Roberts I think we can all agree that there is a general acceptance of the concept of a Minimum Viable Product, upon which we iterate to build the final product, all the while learning as we go. It is the basic principle of Eric Reiss’s Lean Start-Up model and many other Lean approaches to the back end of innovation for new product...

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Moving Forward with Strategy Activation: Innovate versus Renovate

By Joe Giordano Many companies and organizations are in the process of defining or refining their strategies to move into 2016 and beyond. Strategies are invented (and reinvented) across many different pillars or focus areas for the business needs at the time. Many strategies tend to stall or even die off because of the lack of foresight to activate and implement the thinking and ideas...

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The Immediacy of Climate

How well do you understand how your team is working as a group? Do you have a person on your team that others don’t want to run into when making a cup of coffee? Is there someone on your team that when they start speaking in a meeting, people skype a snarky remark to a colleague? Do people have nicknames for others on your team...

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Climate: the Unarticulated Need in Your Organization

  By Joseph Giordano As a team, organization, or even individual, to achieve innovative outcomes you must have three distinct components that come together: Climate—the way we treat each others and ourselves. Thinking—thinking differently, not harder, about our problems and solutions. Action—a process to follow that is iterative and replicable. We express this as a formula: Innovation (is a function of) = Climate X Thinking...

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On Curiosity

By Paul D. Roberts I am curious about curiosity. Can it be taught? It is such a crucial element of innovation. A team without curiosity is going to lack the proactive tendency to explore uncharted areas, and there is so much serendipity that comes from pure wondering in the act of exploring (it is why Steve Jobs put the bathrooms in a central place). For...

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To Change the Culture, Change the Climate

By Connie Williams   If your company looks similar to a competitor on paper, yet your business results are markedly different, the mostly likely source of that difference is the organization’s climate. Climate’s intangible nature leads many executives to believe it is unquantifiable or worse, fanciful. The truth is, climate is highly measurable in terms of impact on productivity, creativity, innovation and ultimately employee engagement,...

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How do you develop a more innovation-supportive climate in your organization?

The good news is that climate can be improved and developed through specific techniques and approaches. There are a number of concepts and behaviors that can be taught and practiced that improve climate. Some of the learning and practice principles include: Active open mindedness Ambidextrous thinking Understanding the difference between our intentions and their effects. Innovation vs. operational modes and when to use each for...

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How do you diagnose climate?

Climate can be challenging to measure because it is made up of many small but significant, subjective elements. Yet, it can be assessed and progressed with focus on some important factors. What does it entail? What should be measured? Some of the keys are: Interactions are based on positive intent Interpersonal relationships (behaviors, language) are transparent Different ideas, styles and ways of working are encouraged...

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The Power of Strategy Innovation

Bob Johnston, a former Synector, collaborates with Synecticsworld on projects on the intersection of Innovation and Strategy. Bob is the author of a book, The Power of Strategy Innovation, which outlines his process. We recommend reading Bob’s book to anyone who is looking to build powerful strategies (and if you are a fan of Synectics).  You will appreciate the synergies between Bob’s Strategy Innovation approach...

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Lasting Impact of Synectics

Bill Teague reflects on working on a project with Synecticsworld–and how the experience continues to affect his professional life more than a decade later. Read his article Focus group? I learned more from the facilitator on LinkedIn.

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Three Articles Concerning Healthcare

  By Leo Boudreau   I have recently read some very interesting articles about the intersection of creativity/innovation and the healthcare industry that I thought would be of interest to many of you. Oscar The first article is from the New York Times describes an emerging new firm in the healthcare field – Oscar. Strictly competing in the NY market right now, Oscar comes at...

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Five Synectics Principles for Strategic Off-Sites

Download five principles for successful strategic off-sites from Synector Connie Williams.