Wednesday, October 28, 2015

What are Your Innovation Values?

Back End of Innovation Keynote Exercise

A BEI 2015 talk given by David Matheson, SmartOrg

Work It! What are Your Innovation Values?

Matheson opens up by making fun of company mission statements and empty value statements. Then, he turns to the crowd and asks them, “What really matters?”

Then, we did a heart listening exercise. In this exercise, we worked with a partner to draw out what really motivated them—to the point where they became speechless.

At this wordless point of wonder there lies the core motivation. The tool was one of the most reliable, one of the oldest: conversation.

After the results were shared, many innovators awoke to a renewed sense of calling and a fresh perspective on what was really driving them.

Michael Graber is the managing partner of the Southern Growth Studio, an innovation and strategic growth firm based in Memphis, TN. Visit to learn more.

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