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6 Secrets to Creating a Culture of Innovation

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When IBM recently polled 1500 CEOs across 60 countries, they rated creativity as the most important leadership competency. Eighty percent of the CEOs said the business environment is growing so complex that it literally demands new ways of thinking. Less than 50 percent said they believed their organizations were equipped to deal effectively with this rising complexity.

But are CEOs and senior leaders really willing to make the transformational moves necessary to foster cultures of real creativity and innovation?

Here are the six fundamental moves we believe they must make.


Via Alexander Crépin
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In 2000 when I first started using APRIL (Autonomy, Passion, Risk, Innovation, Listening) as an acronym for the dynamics that give the jazz ensemble ( and forward thinking businesses) the capacity to sustain innovation it was a fringe idea. But as this article points out the idea is now a familiar and continuing refrain. These six values echo the dynamics that make jazz a culture of innovation and one that attracts the most creative and agile minds.

 

This article should prompt leaders to take the risks needed to implement these changes. As we are seeing, with the challenge of global warming, complacency towards necessary action to effect needed change only deepens our confusion despair.

 

Now's The Time 

 

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Can Benefit Corporations Work?

Can Benefit Corporations Work? | Grooveology: Employee Engagement in a connected world | Scoop.it
James Surowiecki on companies that have social responsibility written into their charters. (As individuals we try to make work not just profitable but meaningful.
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B Companies are an indication that the need to integrate empathic sensibility into business cultures is not limited to those in the arts-based learning for business camp. 

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There's no 'I' in Team?!

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A fresh perspective on a familiar theme: what does the saying "There's no 'I' in Team" mean to an Employee Engagement Specialist?
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Interesting book capturing the most valuable ideas over the past several decades for how management needs to redefine teams.

The core of improvisation also lies in these ideas

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What The Heck Is Business Culture?

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[Reprinted from prior column in Forbes]Culture. That’s a word I’ve heard a lot over the past two days here in Rio de Janeiro at the US-Brazil Innovation Summit. But what does it mean? And how does (Interesting concept of Innovation vs.
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great article on the paradox of opposing values in business cultures

integrating these two sides it precisely the dynamic at play in the culture of jazz

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Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians - Capital Notes (blog)

Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians - Capital Notes (blog) | Grooveology: Employee Engagement in a connected world | Scoop.it
Capital Notes (blog) Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians Capital Notes (blog) Listening to jazz musicians improvise, how the piano player's chords toy with the sax player's runs and the standup bass player's beats, it...
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Limb's study reveals that the jazz musician's brain patterns when improvising have striking similarities to those of non-musician's engaged in rich conversation. We are improvising all the time.

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10 Employee Engagement ideas that empower your employees

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10 Employee Engagement ideas that empower your employees (1.
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The model of jazz is based in a transparent culture of meritocracy where supporting risk and failure are understood as critical factors in sustaining passionate engagement. Jazz musicians take ownership of the whole of which they are a part.

This article suggests 10 steps that can improve engagement in organizations- right out of the jazz playbook.

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U-Lab: Reinventing the 21st-Century University - Huffington Post

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U-Lab: Reinventing the 21st-Century University
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Live-streamed sessions connecting Lab participants with inspirational change makers across cultures will facilitate this collective journey.
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Scharmer argues that “current mainstream economic and management thought--equips students with a mental framework that amplifies our global ecological and socio-economic crises instead of helping to solve them.”

The qualities of new learning environment bear a striking resemblance to the dynamics that characterize the culture of jazz improvisation.

Personal, Practical, Relational, Mindful, Collective, and Transformative

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From Big Data to Deep Data - Huffington Post

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From Big Data to Deep Data
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Over the past twenty years of my professional life I have been helping teams and organizations go through processes of profound innovation and transformative change across sectors and cultures.
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I've long held that the technology of jazz improvisation  is a harbinger of the technological transformation of our society- we are living in the age of improvisation. Technology has given us tremendous creative power and data is the raw material. But, like jazz, unless our "improvisation" seeks deeper understanding of who we are and "how" we are, as opposed to what we want, we will lose the deepest value technology has to offer. This article by Otto Scharmer shares some important insights about the nature and use of "big data."

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Colorado in the forefront in transforming the workplace - The Denver Post

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Colorado in the forefront in transforming the workplace The Denver Post Garston Tremblay, a 27-year-old developer, enjoys a bowl of cereal at his desk while at work at Rally Software in Boulder, a company whose workforce reflects the growth of jobs...
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The Ethos of Millennial bears a strong resemblance to that of the jazz culture: They need to improvise- they want the freedom to work in their own way and to feel their work is deeply connected to concentric circles of community. In an article from the NY Times entitled “Why You Hate Work” (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/opinion/sunday/why-you-hate-work.html?ref=opinion careful research shows that the employee engagement so critical to the bottom line also shares much in common with the jazz ethos:

“Employees are vastly more satisfied and productive, it turns out, when four of

their core needs are met: physical, through opportunities to regularly renew and

recharge at work; emotional, by feeling valued and appreciated for their

contributions; mental, when they have the opportunity to focus in an absorbed

way on their most important tasks and define when and where they get their work

done; and spiritual, by doing more of what they do best and enjoy most, and by

feeling connected to a higher purpose at work.”

 

Here’s an interesting article on the emergence of workplace cultures that take their employees engagement seriously.

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Situational Leadership – Develop Competent, Committed Employees

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Learn how adaptive leaders develop high performance workforces and employees...
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For jazz musicians, every performance is situational: the members of the ensemble change, the audience- the market- changes- the venue changes. Members of the ensemble are constantly assessing how to lead and support one another in each new circumstance. The same is true for leadership in business- it is always situational.

Here’s a great piece on Situational Leadership based on Jerry Seinfeld’s method of approaching his art.

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Why the 'Employee Engagement' Industry Has to Change

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The whole concept of "employee engagement" has to change.
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In a work world that continues to take on the improvisational characteristics of jazz and the way jazz ensembles innovate, the meaning of employee engagement is also changing. This rich article by Josh Bersin digs into specific ways of reframing how we understand employee engagement in order to build organizations where people are truly committed to the vision of the enterprise.

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What Do People Do All Day? - Employee Engagement

A short animation on the future of employee engagement by INVOLVE www.involve.co.uk We recently ran an interactive workshop at a conference for 200 Senior Co...
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From the mouths of babes. . .  this is very encouraging and resonates directly with the collaborative groove at the core of good jazz ensembles. Enjoy!

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