In his presentation about "Organisational
Breathing: embedding an innovation rhythm" David Thomas, Global Innovation
Leader and Program Manager at Mars Inc. described his experience about setting
up innovation routines for organizations that are naturally repeated like
breathing in and out.
|ORGAN.ization as a living system|
Creativity and Discipline seems to be a contradiction. It’s a matter about processes and frameworks to be used as a guiding structure. This is the first step, but it doesn’t provide outcomes. Performance improves can be only realized through repetition. It's important to develop a collectice consciousness about
Why are we doing it? What are we doing? How are we doing it?
David Thomas emphasized that for him using story telling is a really powerful way to discuss what works and what doesn’t. He presented a chart which showed a linear dependency between the degree of collaboration and innovation. You really need to repeat to learn and improve.
He closed the session by sharing the following lessons learnt:
Commitment to a direction
Build capacity through the network
Leverage story telling to drive collective conscious
Recognise that it’s a tribal network.
Frauke Lohr is running her own consulting business named Comsciencia, targeting customers from industry, academia as well as politics with special focus on innovation topics. She is currently attending the 6th annual Front End of Innovation EMEA in Zürich, Switzerland