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The Five Principles of Effective Innovation by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
January 8, 2007, 7:37 pm
Filed under: Articles, If you only have 15 mins

The Center for Creative Leadership (a leadership training outfit) has a fascinating program that it calls ‘Innovators in Residence’, one of these industry leaders has put out a brief paper outlining his thoughts on how organizations can nurture innovation. The paper is here, it’s part of CCL’s newsletter ‘Leading Effectively’.


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This cheat sheet to innovation left me with some real food for thought. Particularly the following:

1. “Innovation occurs when we convert problems to ideas” – all too often I think we all (including myself) get involved with complaining about the problems (it can be a great bondingn exercise with others) rather than reframing issues into ideas – the article neglects to talk about how much energy the later way of thinking incurs.
2. Co-locating drives effective exchange. Physical proximity promotes exchange that leads to innovation. This is clearly something that we are deeply challenged with. And it seems to get harder all the time. Does anyone have any solutions out there?
3. Passion and pain go hand in hand. Nothing profound here but it is sometimes easy to forget that there is ‘no such thing as a free lunch’ to coin a common UK phrase. I think sometimes we think that innovation will come easily if we get it right. It is good to hear that even the experts expect some birthing pains.

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