21 Rules for Innovation Team Building
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
It’s the key to everything in my view, from culture change to positive team dynamics to effectiveness of an overall innovation program. 21 Rules for Innovation Team Building. A strong bold project initiative , with a clear vision for the future inspires teams. As they say in golf, all bets are made on the first tee, get the team right before getting started.
3 Keys to Team Building Exercises that Create Impact
FEBRUARY 25, 2016
I was the “interviewee” for an “Inside the Executive Suite” article from Armada Corporate Intelligence about how to plan team building exercises that create impact for work teams. As described in the article, I’ve been on the good and bad side of various team building exercises during my career. Building trust.
What I Tell My Team
JANUARY 11, 2017
Leadership consulting on innovation michael graber Southern Growth Studio Team building teamsAsk the hard questions. As a thriving consultancy, our primary vocation is providing insight that adds value to our clients. To meet this objective we have to play enlightened court jester, asking the unaskable questions those inside the company cannot ask.
Interview with Pascal Cools from the Flanders District of Creativity
Idea to Value
FEBRUARY 22, 2016
A problem which exists in many businesses in the region, as well as the rest of Europe, is that many think that innovation is related to “fun” and “playtime”, like team-building workshops. What does it take to encourage creativity and innovation across an entire region? Essentially, it was designed to help companies think of innovation in a different way.
An Extraordinary Delivery Service
NOVEMBER 23, 2016
Here's what I'm talking about: Some years ago, my company came together for a two-day team building offsite -- an "all hands on deck" outdoor ropes course experience in Colorado. All 14 of us met at a Deli in Boulder to buy a bunch of sandwiches for lunch -- so when we got to our destination, two hours down road, we could all chow down together before the team building began.
Innovation is too easy
DECEMBER 1, 2015
Corporations assign teams without skills or experience, rapidly conduct "brainstorming" exercises based primarily on current opinion or past experience and move as quickly as possible to present a small handful of ideas to a wary executive team. Third, as the product development and commercialization teams get burned by inadequate or poor concepts from the innovation activities, these teams downplay and "back burner" new concepts and focus on existing products. Innovation teams deeply consider customer needs and emerging opportunities. Let's explore, shall we?
Strategic Planning Activities – Preparing Mini-Plans for Uncertainty
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
With the immediacy and flexibility imperative for success in challenging situations, brief plans tied to specific trigger events or event-based outcomes provide the ability to make decisions almost as a football team builds and executes a game plan. It’s smart to leave room for the responsible team to fill in sensible actions based on what’s happening during implementation.
Nine Ways to Play at Work
MAY 2, 2016
An emerging trend in busines s is using improvisation games as the basis for team building and problem solving. If you have a team that gets what you’re doing, do it. Or, just use a game from the Improv playbook as a way to warm up the group and get the team having fun. Nine Ways to Play At Work (see list below). This stuff works. Because that’s how I play.
The Final Day of WOIC 2014
DECEMBER 6, 2014
It seems to be a common team-building formula — except that (beyond Finland) the spa/sauna element is rarely used. Friday brought the second and final day of the World Open Innovation Conference in Napa. To me, the day seemed every bit as successful as the first — but perhaps that was just being able (as were other organizers) to unwind at the end of the day.
Innovation and The Art of Implementation: Dealing with Creatives
Idea to Value
APRIL 21, 2016
Building upon this fundamental framework, the recently published Robert’s Rules of Innovation II: The Art of Implementation delves deeper into how to implement a culture of innovation in one’s work environment. It’s time to focus on what it is that you can do, which is to build an innovation team at your business that is inclusive of creative types. To implement a permanent culture of innovation in one’s work environment, you need to find, recruit, and land the right creative type of people for your innovation team. 1] Oh those creative types! Big whoop! 87-97). 
Building an Idea-Driven Organization at HCA
JUNE 1, 2015
I instantly knew that the book contained the foundation of the culture I would hope to build in MidAmerica—my only question was whether the MidAmerica team was ready for it. In preparation for the first offsite meeting I would have with my senior leadership team, I asked them to read the first chapter of the book so we could discuss it as a group. Once the team conversation began, we started drawing some natural correlations around ideas: Ideas come from all around and are typically based on individual or organizational needs. Robinson and Dean M. Culture. Process.
WANT TO LEAD A GOOD MEETING? Begin with Facilitative Presence!
NOVEMBER 30, 2016
These meetings have been variably referred to as leadership development programs, creative thinking trainings, innovation workshops, team building off sites, brainstorming sessions, strategic planning pow wows, senior team retreats, annual conferences, and business simulations. All of them have worked if delivered in the right way at the right time. The good news?
Great Teams: An Interview with Don Yaeger
OCTOBER 6, 2016
His newest book is titled, Great Teams: 16 Things High Performing Organizations Do Differently. You focus in the book on the notion that great sports teams build a strong high-performance culture. In considering how the word specifically applies to a team setting, I came up with two possible definitions: 1) the conditions within the organization that promote either growth or failure and 2) the shared understanding of what to do in adverse situations. Targeting Purpose— The team is connected to a greater purpose. But culture building doesn’t stop there.
Strategic Thinking – 16 Ideas for Creating an Entrepreneurial Environment Inside Your Company
MAY 6, 2016
Her experience has uncovered multiple ideas for how to create newness and build an entrepreneurial culture and spirit within an established parent organization. Dean related her internal entrepreneurship (or “intrapreneurship”) lessons in three areas of strategic thinking: building the team, creating the culture, and defining success. Building the Team.
WELCOME: Brian Paul Allison!
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
Idea Champions is thrilled to welcome a fantastic, new member of our team , Brian Paul Allison. Brian is also the former Creative Director for The Adventure Game Theater , a wildly popular experiential curriculum of play, theater, and team building, featured on PBS. Brian plays two inter-related roles in what some past and present clients refer to as our "boutique consulting and training company": Sales Director and Creative Thinking Facilitator. We like to think of Brian as a "polymath" -- a person of great learning in several fields of study. Will he remember your name?
Transforming workplace culture with your innovation management program
DECEMBER 29, 2016
At a high-level, what we’re talking about is building organizations where employees are productive, personally fulfilled and able to respond adaptively to the dynamic work environment of a 21 st century organization. When it comes to Innovation Management, there are two key concepts, “Autonomy Support” and “Job Crafting” that you can think of as building blocks of workplace well-being.