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Innovation ​Mindsets,​ ​Processes,​ ​Tools, and​ ​Culture

Lesson 1 of 8

Class Introduction

 

Innovation ​Mindsets,​ ​Processes,​ ​Tools, and​ ​Culture

Lesson 1 of 8

Class Introduction

 

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

The topics we're gonna cover today I both fret over, and I'm super happy about. The reason I fret over it is because almost every company that you can look up will say that innovation is critical, and I'll show, share some stats in a minute that innovation is critical to their success, but almost no company actually invests in teaching people how to innovate. There's a sort of underlying through process that everybody knows how, but just like everything else, it's a skill set, and, and it can be learned. So today we're gonna cover both the mindset and skill set of innovation. So here's the topics we're gonna cover today. The first module today is gonna be about mindsets, process, toolsets, and culture. The whole day actually, we're gonna dance between mindsets and process, mindsets and process, because you can have a great process, but if people aren't thinking in an innovative way, it doesn't matter if you have a process. So we'll do this dance back and forth. We'll talk about somethi...

ng called innovation kryptonite. There's a ether flowing through the hallways of large companies the world over, that is killing and stifling innovation and creativity, and happens everywhere and it's super easy to fix if you know what to look for. We're gonna talk about why resilience is important in innovation because the antibodies will come out of the system to crush new ideas. Then we'll talk about victim versus the innovator how there's a construct that happens in conflict that repeats itself. It's just a recurring cycle that is really damaging to the innovation process, but can be fixed, and finally we're gonna talk about how to design for strengths, how to use native capabilities both as individuals and as organizations to double down on things you do best, and design around the things you don't do well. So that's the day. For now, here's the stats I was talking about. 94, this is from The Center for Creative Leadership. 94% of Fortune 500 CEOs say that innovation is critical, is key driver of success, so almost everyone. 77% have invested in innovation, but only 14% were confident that they were actually being successful. So nearly everybody says it important and a very small portion say they're successful, and why? Well, the number one mentioned hurtle, 94%, is people and culture. Number two is innovation know how. Number three is resources, governance, and strategy. Where do most leaders and companies invest? In number three. They've got a process, they got an idea management system, they've got an R&D budget, they've got a team set aside to do this stuff, and it doesn't matter, because that's not the problem. Back to design thinking, they're solving the wrong problem. If the problem is people and culture, why aren't they investing in that? Well, I'm sort of happy to say they aren't as much as they should be, and that's why I have a job. So that's what we're gonna cover today is how do you shift the leadership skills and the cultural resistance in most companies to create teams that are more innovative?

Class Description

As a leader, your organization looks to you to promote and implement innovative practices that will help your business grow and prosper. But first you’ll have to deal with the cultural obstacles and ingrained mindsets that impede progress.

This course offers a primer on innovation and an introduction to design thinking. You’ll learn the leadership skills that are necessary in the conceptual age, including creativity, engagement, risk tolerance and collaboration. And you’ll be introduced to the two essential mindsets that are core to successful innovation: creative visionaries and operators. By the end, you’ll have a brand new set of tools that you can use to ensure innovation flourishes in your organization.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Identify the key aspects of the design thinking process: accept, empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test.
  • Ensure you’re solving the right problem.
  • Use innovation definition and innovation portfolio to gauge your progress.
  • Examine the changing economic paradigms that have made ideas the currency of the future.

Reviews

Daniel Viscovich
 

John's discussion of design thinking is brilliant. It's an extremely logical approach to problem-solving and leadership that I feel is not all that common in society, just yet. I very much appreciate the humanistic approach to work and life that John brings to this discussion. I'd highly recommend this workshop from John, as well as his latest book.

Annie Martin