Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend?
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...Innovation Will Have To Be 'Heart And Mind,' Or Nothing At All" ~ Dr Kobus Neethling

...Innovation Will Have To Be 'Heart And Mind,' Or Nothing At All" ~ Dr Kobus Neethling | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

In [Dr. Neethling's]  work in more than 30 countries and which spans two decades, he has witnessed an overbearing close-minded perspective on innovation---as if innovation is predominantly a discipline of ‘things’.
    
He goes on to say:
The shaping of a better planet for all of us is and will become even more complicated and unpredictable and therefore we will need a new kind of wisdom, courage and purpose-driven passion to innovate for the benefit of all.  


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What's needed?  "Respect for and inclusion of ideas from every group affected by the innovation."

    

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....the groundbreaking innovations of the 20th century...served only the needs of a few. Naturally we have to continue our pursuit of cutting edge technology, ideas and systems. but the context in which these innovations take place, is and remains the fundamental issue.   

    

Of all the innovations ....the one that comes the closest to heart and mind innovation and the one that considered the context of the dramatic changes that the innovation would bring with immense sensitivity is the creation of a new South Africa.

     

In a television series that I wrote called ‘Creating a miracle’ I highlighted the critical factors which led to this unique societal innovation.

    

  • A rare integration of spiritual, creative and pragmatic leadership
  • A bringing together of opposite visions into a single shared vision
  • The creation of new symbols, values, attitudes, principles, customs and practices (and the letting go of the traditions, norms and conventions which would obstruct or frustrate the creation of a free and democratic society)
  • Respect for and inclusion of ideas from every group affected by the innovation
  • An extraordinary insight into the essence of the innovation that was required

      

As my mentor Paul Torrance said many times: “Creative people can perform miracles but they are always in danger of crucifixion”



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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Yes, it is time to, as Dr. Neethling says, elaborate on Aristotle: “Innovating the mind without innovating the heart is no innovation at all,” Lessons from a fully co-created innovation in South Africa has insights for us all.  

I became aware of Dr. Neethling's work through the whole brain assessment, the NBI.  I'm glad to see how much more there is to benefit us all.  ~  Deb

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Innovation Creation Geniuses, Be More Like IBM & Less Like Apple? | Seek Omega

Innovation Creation Geniuses, Be More Like IBM & Less Like Apple?  | Seek Omega | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Today’s Big Blue is the antithesis of Big Brother. It’s ‘Big Open’.  That’s why IBM — not Apple — represents the future workplace.


IBM:  Now a transparent, nimble, collaborative organization known more for listening and engaging customers than for dictating to them. While ironically, some say Apple now resembles Big Brother given their propensity for tight controls.


While Apple has been wildly successful, Fortune’s Adam Lashinsky describes as Apple’s genius led, culture of fear.


For the genius is always, as Benjamin Disraeli and later Peter Drucker predicted, succeeded by a “lieutenant of Marines” who understands the business but nothing else. So the company is only left with an innovation vacuum.


In IBM’s social business culture, the genius lies in the 400,000 employees who are free to create circumstances that enable their associates to build on each other’s ideas, fostering innovation through co-creation with its employees, suppliers, partners and customers.


Remove one genius, and there are thousands more in the network to fill the vacuum.


Deb: This is compelling. Do you agree? Meanwhile, how about those Steve Jobs dolls (Apple approved)?

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