What can we learn from Germany's winning the World Cup? How are these insights relevant to your organization's innovation strategy?
Successful innovation requires resilience, enthusiasm, the commitment of resources, a disciplined process, and the best minds of your organization working together and having conversations at a whole new level.
The German team demonstrated a systems approach to its matches. Its members brought depth, focus, selfless team spirit, and disciplined execution.
Similarly, when it comes to organizational innovation, leaders must bring together diverse talent, take a systems approach and build a learning culture that drives focus.
Most organizations use only a small portion of their capacity to innovate. Their innovation efforts do not use a focused framework; they are ad hoc and ineffective. As a result, they experience only a limited return.
To shape its market, your organization must increase its innovation yield. How do you intensify the return on innovation? You first must create an environment in which high impact learning and creative inquiry can flourish, and an innovation mindset becomes the norm.
Producing breakthrough results requires much more than prolific brainstorming. Leading a true strategic innovation initiative necessitates a portfolio approach, process mastery, a focused framework, creative conversations, and engagement at the top as well as throughout the organization.
Where will you find the next innovation your organization needs in order to differentiate itself from competitors?
This is a question every leader must ask.
The answer is that you find innovation everywhere, and especially in the places you least expect. Innovation begins at the edge of what you know. Your teams therefore must find ways to continually expand their knowledge envelope. Catalyzing new and emergent conversations that produce learning will intensify the innovation yield and accelerate your capacity to commercialize innovative products, services and solutions.
If your team is not building a high velocity "learning muscle," you are missing the innovation opportunities in front of you.
If you are not asking new questions that cause your team members to have conversations that explore new connections and possibilities, you are narrowing your innovation horizons.
If you are not building an innovation culture and a discipline of practice, you leave the future of your organization to chance.
Conversations that lead to innovation don't happen on their own. You must design them into your team's daily routine if you are to achieve breakthrough results. That's what Germany demonstrated in Brazil. Winning the World Cup was envisioned and designed for with discipline, focus and enthusiasm.
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