I love innovation, don't I? or Sustaining Innovation, Creating Non-Profit and Government Organizations that Innovate Naturally
This was an interesting read, although it may be long given some of our schedules at this time in the semester. Given that and my penchant, and love for, doing something different, I will give a brief synopsis and then I would love to attempt to seek your input in a slightly different way.
Synopsis - A study completed in 1994. The Surviving Innovations Project. Wonderful stories. Some excellent points made and lessons learned. A couple of quotes from the conclusion, "Innovativeness...is so much easier with leaders who care most about the soil in which innovation and ordinary good practice grow..." and, "What greater expression of heroism could there be in a society fixated on individual glory than to submerge oneself for the public good?"
I included the quotes as a preface to what I hope will be an interesting online discussion. I hope that you had a chance to read some of this piece but if not, I hope that you will still take the chance to participate. The author categorized the lessons/leadership practices learned from the 1994 study into ten areas, I would like to have you pick at least one and define it based either on the reading or your own thoughts and impressions. If you have one, please include an anecdote, personal or otherwise, to support your definition.
The top ten leadership practices - 1. Change the leader's work. 2. Be clear who decides. 3. Issue a call for ideas. 4. Give the permission to fail. 5. Communicate to excess. 6. Pay attention to sequencing. 7. Teach the organization how to say no and why to say yes. 8. Keep faith and intuition alive. 9. Stay balanced. 10. Keep innovation in perspective.
To facilitate our discussion I would like to post an example.
Be clear who decides = A lighthouse. When sailors are sailing on dangerous shores or attempting to find safe harbors during inclement weather lighthouses have provided guidance to help them remain on course. Similarly, when it is clear who decides in organizations who want to naturally innovate clear guidance on mission, vision and direction allow them to stay on course.
Have fun with the definitions, I am looking forward to your thoughts.