Condensed knowledge 10
- An innovation is anything that is both new and useful. It can be a product or service. It can be a process or a way of organizing. It can be incremental, or it can be breakthrough. We have an inclusive definition.
- When many of us think about innovation though, we think about an Einstein having an 'Aha!' moment. But we all know that is a myth. Innovation is not about solo genius. It is about collective genius.
- Let us think for a minute about what it takes to make a Pixar movie: no solo genius, no flash of inspiration produces one of those movies. On the contrary, it takes about 250 people four to five years, to make one of those movies. What we know is at the heart of innovation is a paradox. You must unleash the talents and passions of many people and you have to harness them into a work that is actually useful.
- Innovative organizations are communities that have three capabilities: creative abrasion, creative agility, and creative resolution.
- Creative abrasion is about being able to create a marketplace of ideas through debate and discourse. In innovative organizations, they amplify differences, they do not minimize them. Creative abrasion is not about brainstorming where people suspend their judgment. No, they know how to have very heated but constructive arguments to create a portfolio of alternatives.
- Individuals in innovative organizations learn how to inquire, they learn how to actively listen but - guess what? They also learn how to advocate for their point of view. They understand that innovation rarely happens unless you have both diversity and conflict.
- At this point, some of you may be wondering, what does that leadership really look like? At Pixar, they understand that innovation takes a village. The leaders focus on building a sense of community and building those three capabilities.
- How do they define leadership? They say leadership is about creating a world to which people want to belong.
- What kind of world do people want to belong in at Pixar? A world where you are living at the frontier.
- What do they focus their time on? Not on creating a vision. Instead they spend their time thinking about, how do we design a studio that has a sensibility of a public square so that people will interact?
- Let us put in a policy that anyone, no matter what their level or role, is allowed to give notes to the director about how they feel about a particular film.
- You know what, what can we do to make sure that all the disruptors, all the minority voices in this organization speak up and are heard? And, finally, let us bestow credit in a very generous way.
Category 1: A new, better world for everyone
[genioux fact extracted from TEDxCambridge]
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