Dan, you say bad link, I say us readers should apply the title of radical innovation and each share a few words related to the topic.
(also can’t express how much I appreciate your blog)
My organization is experiencing sudden change in all norms that were foundational to what and how we operate.
With a new what, the why and how that were taken for granted are now undeveloped.
(This is strange for my part of government).
It is fantastic and suddenly I have the opportunity to implement ideas brought up by my team as each conversation examines why we do things the way we do and what still has value.
Great topic and I am looking forward to your post! Dan G.
Hi, Dan G, thank you for being patient with our technical difficulties! What you have described about your organization is exactly what is happening all around us and I am grateful I can provide some guidance on how to interpret and handle the increasing complexity. thank you for sharing your thoughts!!
The timing of this couldn’t be more perfect. You are in this exact situation.
No text appears in this blog, another one has a bad link, you’re travelling, you don’t have access to the normal resources you have on regular days, and BOOM, you need to figure out how to fix it all given non-regular unpredictable circumstances.
Whether you have content for this post, or it was meant to look like this to test reactions to unpredictable conditions for us readers; as you get all things sorted you, you will have another story to tell about how you had to be innovative to make it all work out.
I often hear people say they can’t be creative without a certain amount of freedom.
I’ll give them that no boundaries opens up the possibility for anything. ok, you GET to be creative, anything you do can be labeled as “creative.”
I believe that constraints are a catalyst for creativity and innovation.
Constraints can bring discomfort, and complaints, but it also can give birth to the statement “There has got to be a better way.”
Once you let possibility in, you also let in it’s friends, creativity and innovation.
All the best with everything you have going on right now. safe travels and easy fixes!
Hi, Nick, you’re absolutely spot on with your observation that constraints stimulate creativity and innovation, which is counter-intuitive! Thank you for sharing your comments!
Whether this was an inconvenient problem or one that was planned out, it has already reminded us that you need to be flexible and be ready for change and adjustments at all times. What works on a daily basis may go awry in a second and causes us to rethink.
Hi, Kim, a great observation about how to be flexible and spontaneous! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
I am always draw to the unfamiliar, the unknown and the uncertain–especially in the workplace not as a reaction of crisis–rather curiosity. From a leadership and management perspective, I see newness as both a challenge and a journey–a voyage of discovery. And what I’ve often found is that all journeys have “secret destinations” of which the traveler is unaware. But, for the most part the real voyage of discovery is not seeing new landscapes–but seeing with NEW EYES. Great post and great idea. Thank you.
Hi, Rick, thank you for your comments! I couldn’t agree more with your observation that we need a fresh perspective for innovation. That’s why I define radical innovation as a serendipitous 10x improvement in result from many self-organizing employees learning and adapting from profuse trial and error, using simple rules.
Wow, Sunnie, your vision of free-flowing leadership and staff innovation is remarkable. I enjoy when staff empower themselves to create and innovate–and come-up with ideas and energies that lead them to peak attitudes and performance. It’s like they go journey of the their own, but with GOAL of the organization always in mind–and the organization is always served as a natural byproduct. I’m the last to know–yet they are full of pride-of-accomplishment and success. It’s a gorgeous thing to see and be part of. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
in adverting inspiration. You never fail me Dan! I often tell my team that I am impressed that Leadership Freak tends to be on my wavelength presenting just the morsel I need to support me through the challenge that I am or am about to face.
Today I came to the office preparing to deal with an issue raised by the lack of follow through of a leader on my team. Upon seeing this post, my brain went right to the solution.
Planned or not. Great (non)Post!
Hi, Evan, thank you for sharing your thoughts! I am so glad!!
I find unpredictable conditions make the best team exercises and give us a chance to celebrate each person’s gifts and contributions to the team.
Hi, Patrick, what you’re describing is a key leadership competency of creating differentiation in the Quantum Leadership framework. You’re spot on! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
Semper Fi Gumby, Sir. Great improvising today!
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