Wednesday, January 16, 2013

ThinkInnovation - The Newsletter, Issue 5

Innovation does not come about purely by accident. It requires an understanding about us and the talent that comes with the innovation team. In the fifth edition of ThinkInnovation, we will explore these concepts, and in knowing, I hope you become more aware of your strengths and the ways you may go about leveraging them for innovation in your organisation.

Many idea generating devices are capable of producing many creative ideas for the organisation. However, the disconnection is in the organisation’s inability to harness sufficient amount of means and resources to support and fund all these ideas.  

Therefore, organisations must choose to support opportunities that could be executed within their means in order to place themselves in an advantageous position in their marketplace.

In this section of the newsletter, the 2(3) Idea Selection Method is shared. This is a post-ideation technique for selecting suitable ideas that could be turned into quick-win projects.

The method categorises ideas according to their potential attractiveness to the audience of a target market, and prioritises the attractive ideas along the capabilities of the organisation in bringing them to its designated market.....  

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To create opportunities for greater professional development and personal growth, facilitators could consider including reflective practice in their facilitative processes.

According to Bolton (2010), to generate developmental insights, one needs to reflectively and reflexively examine his facilitative practice by ‘paying critical attention to the practical values and theories which inform' him of his facultative actions.

Instead of formal education or training, the facilitator acquires and enlarges his knowledge, skills, emotional and experience bases in facilitation by staying in action – that is by…..                                                 

Some people are more capable of generating a class of ideas and find it easier to navigate through a particular phase of the Innovation Process. We call this inclination our ‘Innovation Attitude’, and there are four of such attitudes.

Successful innovation teams have a healthy balance of these four innovation attitudes amongst its members. This way, each member, whose innovation attitude is needed the most at a particular stage of developing an innovation, could be called to come forward to lead the teams and seek the breakthroughs they need to move the project forward.                                                                                        

When someone was asked what innovation is, we typically would hear people describing it as something unique, breaking through, and valuable.

However, there are over 60 different ways of defining innovation, and together, they share six broad themes.


·      Could occur anywhere in our society, in any part of our organisations, and even in our daily lives. As long as there is a problem that does not go away, an unusual approach will be needed to change the situation

·    May come in different shapes and sizes to bridge different expectation and performance gaps so that stakeholders could receive greater returns in the things they want accomplished with what they have

·      Requires different types of social actors who would use personal techniques, methods and processes to navigate the innovation through the systems 

Nowadays, more People Managers are practicing the concept of empowerment with their employees.

Empowerment of employees at the workplace is about providing them with opportunities to make their own decisions with regards to their tasks.

The three keys principles of empowerment are:

·     Building trust by sharing information with everyone so that they get a clear picture of their organisation and its situations

·        Opening to discourses on the things that may hold themselves back from being empowered by creating autonomy through boundaries

·      Replacing the old hierarchies with self-management so that the employees take ownership of their own future in their organisations

Empowerment is simply the effective use…..         

Ideas are the source of improvements, innovations and inventions. However, some ideas may take more effort to generate, are difficult to come by, and more valuable than others.

Here is a simple self-assessment instrument which may help you uncover the innovation attitude you have towards a type of ideas and a step in the innovation process. 

Print and Complete this Self-Assessment Here >                               

The fifth edition of ThinkInnovation was created and

produced by Anthony Mok on 31 Dec 2012.

Copyright 2012. Anthony Mok. All Rights Reserved.

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