The Best Leaders Have the Best Systems

Lead Change Blog

Strategy is important, innovation is important. Systems. If you’re going to accomplish anything big or important—and that’s what leadership is all about—you’ll need systems. Without systems, people trying to accomplish those tasks flounder, wander, waste time.

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Ambidextrous Innovation:

Great Leadership By Dan

How Can Leaders’ Best Explore and Exploit both Disruptive and Incremental Approaches to Innovation? These players test more established racers with breakthrough innovations. Yet such a rapid and competitive approach to innovation may not be sustainable over the long term.

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What Kind of Innovator Are You?

Leading Blog

When it comes to innovation, it is no different. Jeff DeGraff writes in The Innovation Code , “ Your dominant worldview is your biggest strength —the quality that makes you stand out from other people.” The Artist The Artist loves radical innovation. Creativity & Innovation

Learning from the Innovation Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Rowan Gibson : Not since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution has there been a greater need to learn the art of innovation leadership. And who better to learn them from than the innovation leaders themselves? Who do we think of as innovation leaders?

Innovation Begins (and remains) at the Top

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post By John Sweeney: Innovation is foundational to business leadership. We empower individuals across disciplines to evaluate, orchestrate, strategize, create and hire, but most importantly, we empower others to innovate. empowerment innovation John Sweeney

Technological Innovation and Management

Curious Cat

Technological innovation brings great opportunity for improving results and quality of life. I think that a capable management system is needed to make technological innovation as successful as it needs to be.

Bell Labs Designing a New Phone System Using Idealized Design

Curious Cat

Ackoff: 1919 -2009 – Dr. Russell Ackoff Webcast on Systems Thinking – Designing a New Organization (2005). Innovation Management Process improvement Systems thinking Ackoff case study engineering webcast

Approach to Innovation

Coaching Tip

Today's conventional wisdom says to survive, companies must move beyond incremental innovation and invest in radical, disruptive innovation. In "THE POWER OF LITTLE IDEAS" , Wharton professor David Robertson examines an approach to innovation; one that is neither incremental nor disruptive. This low-risk, high-reward strategy is an approach to innovation that all companies should recognize and apply when it will give them a competitive advantage. Unlocking Innovation.

Leadership Code Switching in the Innovation Sandbox

N2Growth Blog

Most notably, our research finds that leaders today can no longer enter into the conversations of tomorrow until they have a complete understanding about where they are (existing conditions), where they want to end up (the Future Picture), and how they intend to respond to the current demands on their systems and enterprises (the Centers of Gravity: Leadership, Processes, Infrastructure, Populations and Action Units). By Damian D. “Skipper” Pitts.

How Mindfulness Rewires Your Brain to Be More Innovative

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Matt Tenney There is much debate over the question of whether innovative people are born as innovators, or if innovation is something that is trainable. I'm convinced that we can actually change our brains in ways that help us to be more innovative, and that a simple practice called mindfulness can help us do exactly that. Although many people use the words creative and innovative as synonyms, the two are actually quite distinct.

Six Ways to Innovate in Rigid Organizations

Leadership Freak

The future rides on a horse called innovation. Organizations that can’t innovate stagnate. Some organizations have innovation in their blood. But, many are mired in systems and bureaucracy. It’s easier to begin innovating within rigid cultures than it is to change them. Systematize innovation in organizations driven by systems. Evolution or revolution: Innovation […].

Innovation High-Five

Mills Scofield

By Tim Kippley: Jeff Bezos, one of the planet’s greatest innovators, once said that: “You need a culture that high-fives small and innovative ideas and senior executives [that] encourage ideas.” ” The Value of Innovation at Geneca.

Creating Technology Solutions that are Appropriate Given the System Context

Deming Institute

One of the most common is that the system in which the solutions are put into place often work against just placing a solution that works in one context into another. “Appropriate” in appropriate technology essentially means, appropriate for the system in which it will be used.

12 Keys To Dauntless Innovation

Lead Change Blog

Aiming to jump start innovation in your organization? Innovation is a necessity, a way of life for mountaineers. Climbers plan meticulously then innovate their way through unexpected challenges to reach a summit. Pursuit of personal comfort is a second enemy of innovation.

126: Holacracy – An Agile Management System for a Rapidly Changing World | with Brian Robertson

Engaging Leader

Holacracy is a fundamentally different “operating system” for organizations. Instead, employees […] Holacracy is a fundamentally different “operating system” for organizations.

Case Study: Adopting a Deming Management System in a Service Company

Deming Institute

Still today, many executives want the benefits of a fully engaged and thinking workforce but they don’t want to change the management system that in so many ways stifles creativity and innovation and seeking joy in work by all staff.

A Lesson In Innovation From The Red Planet

Tanveer Naseer

In the past week or so, there’s been much discussion and debate over the merits of disruption and with it, how we view and understand what it means to innovate. Innovation is vital to the successful completion of these unmanned missions to Mars.

Our Education System Needs Radical Innovation - A Message of Hope from Charles Leadbeater

Building Personal Strength

It was stuff the system had decided ought to be in the curriculum. The kinds of things he's suggesting are exactly what I've imagined for school systems in the modern world. The last time I spoke to one of my nephews, he was an angry, rebellious teenager.

T.O.I.L.E.T. Training™ -- a breakthrough system to improve workplace learning

Great Leadership By Dan

PHILADELPHIA, April 1, 2014 -- Rapid Learning Institute (RLI) pulled back the curtain today on its latest innovation in workplace education: the T.O.I.L.E.T. Training System™ -- a new platform that promises to reshape how training is delivered in modern organizations.

10 Practices That Drive Innovation


Innovation means more than just new products or services. Perhaps my favorite definition of innovation is Scott Berkun’s : “Innovation is significant positive change.”. Promote Innovation as an Organizational Value. Tie Compensation to Innovation.

Rebellious Optimism = Innovation

Mills Scofield

They don’t take ‘no’ as an answer but a challenge; they view entrepreneurship and capitalism as an inherently social venture; they take system-level approaches to solving problems and by nature collaborate. Optimism is the greatest act of rebellion.

How to Create a Living-Systems Approach at Work


Discover the new vision for the world of work and get a glimpse into the power of living systems as models for sustainability, collaboration, and growth. What if the environment above was modeled by a living-systems approach? Creating a Living-Systems Approach at Work.

What is Your Innovation Style?

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Shoya Zichy: Innovation is critical to an organization''s growth and competitive advantage. If you chose more items on the left, your inborn styles is that of a "structured" innovator. If you chose more items on the right you are an "adaptable" innovator.

Improving the System to Reduce Costs Isn’t Equal to Cost Cutting

Deming Institute

In the long run those cost reductions harm the companies ability to innovate, improve and delight customers. process thinking cost cutting organization as a system process improvementReal benefits come when managers begin to understand the profound difference between “cost cutting” and “eliminating the causes of costs.” ” Brian Joiner in Fourth Generation Management. Cutting costs by fiat via executive orders reduces the capability of the organization.

Ideas Don't Equal Innovation | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As a result of our conversation, I decided to dust-off an old post, give it a few updates, and pass along my thoughts, which can be best summarized as “ Ideas Don’t Equal Innovation. Without a viral movement, ideas go extinct before innovation.

The System of Profound Knowledge Applied to Sales and Marketing

Deming Institute

This webcast shows Steve Haedrich’s presentation, The System of Profound Knowledge Applied to Sales and Marketing, at the 2015 Deming Research Seminar. He also emphasized the importance of explaining the possibilities of innovation to their clients. Guest post by John Hunter.

The importance of leadership in effective management

Lead on Purpose

Leadership and management are complementary, but it is … Continue reading → Leadership Innovation management productivity structure systems There are many elements that make a good manager, however, one of the critical qualities is leadership. Leadership and management must go hand in hand, but they are not the same thing.

Great Quote: On System of Management by Deming


Our prevailing system of management has destroyed our people. Organization starts being driven by numbers alone and the human aspects of work (respect for people, intrinsic motivation, creativity, innovation etc.) Edwards Deming , the pioneer and guru in quality revolution wrote the following paragraph when commenting on Peter Senge’s book “ The Fifth Discipline ” and it instantly struck the chord.

Transforming Jet-Hot by Viewing the Organization as a System

Deming Institute

Gordon McGilton and Dennis Sergent share evidence from their experience that will help others transform their enterprises by focusing on their system and aim. Jet-Hot integrates Deming’s system view with their own management or operating system. Guest post by John Hunter.

Jobs to be Done

Deming Institute

Edwards Deming’s discussion on truly understanding the needs of customers and also Russell Ackoff’s ideas on seeking solutions by looking at the larger containing system. Often innovative solutions can be found if you expand the scope of what you see as the system.

Education? Innovation? Do - Learn - Do - Learn

Mills Scofield

After countless interviews of interviews, I had a system and structure to learn on my own, and a community of people to learn with. Culture Education Experience Institute Hacking Education Higher-Ed Innovation Leap Year Project Un-Schooling

Running a Permanent Campaign for Innovation

Mills Scofield

Her recent gig has been taking what is commonly regarded as The go to site for the practice of innovation, Innovation Excellence , to the next level. We’re running a content-driven permanent campaign for innovation. Innovation isn’t a buzzword.

Open Innovation and Crowd Sourcing

CEO Blog

I am sure my blog readership mostly reads this for my gardening tips (or will now) + I read a great book - A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowd Sourcing. The blog with me at World Innovation Forum. Not surprising they would write articles on innovation. First we need to define Crowdsourcing (even though the book defined open innovation first which is the flow of ideas in and out of the organization as opposed to just within it).

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Innovation Requires a Bias Towards Action


There is often a huge lag between when we first see a new idea and when we really find out what it is good for – this is when we are working through business model innovation. Consequently, the best innovation comes when we are concerned with both discovery and use.

Blocks to Creativity and Innovation. Tools to Release Creativity and Innovation

Create Learning

Blocks to Creativity and Innovation. Tools to Release Creativity and Innovation from Michael Cardus. Fix-it in a way improves upon what already exists and can prove useful to people besides yourself – that is how I define Innovation. How do you define innovation?

Do Hierarchies Stifle Innovation?


For all their efficiencies, hierarchies turn out to be remarkably inefficient when organizations are trying to leverage creative ideas and increase their innovation. Supervisors often reject innovative ideas because the individuals who developed theses ideas understand the novelty and applicability of them better than supervisors. Rite-Solutions developed a system where anyone in the company can propose their idea by listing it as a stock and soliciting investment.

Creating the Conditions for Sustainable Innovation

Great Leadership By Dan

Here's some new research on innovation and a guest post by By Rich Wellins, Ph,D., Senior Vice President, Development Dimensions International (DDI): In the past year, innovation has risen to the top of the business agenda. is losing its innovative edge to emerging economies.

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3 Innovative Ways You Can Move Your Business Online

Strategy Driven

That said, there are always certain things that successful businesses have in common, and one such example is having efficient operational systems in place. Using multiple systems, or a poor one, won’t hold you in very good stead against your competition.

Innovation, HR, and Perfectly Defined Job Descriptions


In some cases, they set-up systems to punish those that do. Not so surprisingly, few people in her department cared about service or innovation; they just did their jobs as defined in their job descriptions. Innovation is messy. Innovation hr human resources innovation vanderpy

Applying Deming’s Management Ideas at the Great Plains Coca Cola Bottling Company

Deming Institute

Bob provides an overview of inventory (they use Just in Time inventory methods to create efficient processes and systems) and typical financial metrics to examine how their business has done using Deming’s ideas (along with theory of constraints ). Guest post by John Hunter.