Recast the Role of the Leader
You are struggling to unlock innovation in your organization. You know the only way to grow and sustain your business is to do something different. You have tried new approaches with varying results, but none of them have yielded the outcomes that you need to achieve. You worry that without innovating, your organization will be left behind. You know what got you to this point will not get you where you need to go in the future.
What you need is a key. The kind that will unlock innovation in your organization and achieve an enduring competitive advantage. One that goes deeper than the other solutions or frameworks that you have tried before.
The key is Collective Genius.
Our decades of research have shown that leadership is the critical difference between organizations capable of innovating time and again – and those who struggle.
Execution is no longer enough. Leadership as widely understood and practiced today is not what fosters continual innovation. Leaders need to develop and flex a new “muscle” – how to lead for innovation.
We have a powerful new approach to this persistent problem that all leaders face in today’s world. Partnering with our client organizations, we advise leaders on how to shift their leadership mindset, encourage new behaviors, all of which foster a collective movement of innovation. We use sophisticated anthropological methods to understand your organization. Your world. Your perspective.
We guide you as you unleash and harness the slices of Collective Genius within your organization.
|Core Competency||Execution||Execution & innovation|
|Mindset||Setting direction||Shaping context|
|Attention on||Where we are going|
|Why we exist
|Inspire||Followers who execute||Community that innovates|
Instead of trying to come up with a vision and make innovation happen themselves, a leader of innovation creates a place—a context, an environment—where people are willing and able to do the hard work that innovative problem solving requires.
How We Do It
Innovation = Novel + Useful
How can you measure the current state of leading innovation in your organization – and gain insight into its true potential?
If you want to achieve sustained innovation, you need first to understand what areas of your leadership, culture, and systems are fostering or impeding innovation.
The Innovation Quotient© is a multi-step process for systematically evaluating whether leaders have created the right environment within their company for innovation to thrive. It provides leaders with a mirror that reflects their culture and capacity to innovate.
In collaboration with Egon Zehnder, we offer a cutting-edge methodology – the “iQ” © – for leaders who are ready to unleash and harness innovation in their organizations.
The iQ © involves 4 steps:
- Our Proprietary Survey: The process begins with a brief online survey that generates deep insights into the organization’s innovation culture and capabilities. The survey is typically taken by the leader and key team members, but can be applied more broadly to gather broader insights.
- Confidential Interviews: We dig deeper in confidential, one-on-one interviews that explore key insights from the survey and understand different perspectives.
- Synthesis: Once online and live data has been gathered, the results are synthesized into a comprehensive view of the current state of leading innovation in the organization. We identify where the leadership team is strong and the existence of any gaps.
- Action: We work with the leader and his/her team to identify next steps that are high impact and sustainable for leading innovation.
Imagine what your organization could accomplish if it were able truly to unleash and harness the slices of genius of all organizational members to produce breakthrough innovations again and again.
The Innovation Quotient© is the first step in a journey that emphasizes mastering complexity, orchestrating innovation, and building next-level leadership. We partner with clients to begin key discussions, facilitated workshops, and initiatives to foster the Collective Genius mindset in their organizations.
- Mastering Complexity
Think beyond the actual to the possible. Value and integrate various rapidly changing factors. Operate in an agile environment for real transformation. Understand the true nature of innovation.
- Orchestrating Creativity
Create a mindset and a framework of action that allows the organization to generate, validate, strengthen, and implement truly innovative ideas.
- Building Next Level Leadership
Identify and implement innovative models for collective action and to energize and develop a next generation of leaders.
Not for the faint of heart, we offer a premier program called Leading for Innovation. The lab takes an action-learning approach designed to build the mindset and capabilities necessary for leading innovation.
The lab experience challenges your assumptions about how innovation happens, strengthens your leadership mindset, and shapes the way you work. You will be stretched: you will explore, learn, debate, and experiment in a hands-on environment. Ultimately, you will come away with a deeper understanding of how to lead for breakthrough innovation.
The program focuses on key pillars:
a. The role of the leader in innovation
b. The 6 paradoxes of leading innovation
c. Individual skills for creating a community
d. Rules of engagement
e. Building the capabilities to innovate
Should You Join?
You are a top executive and/or entrepreneur ready to transform your understanding of leadership, and adopt the right mindset to build a truly innovative company. You want to bring your team along for the ride.