I read an article encouraging leaders of organizations to have more ceremonies. Bring people together and have a ceremony to launch a new product or a new market, ceremonies for reaching a goal or some personal achievements. Ceremonies energize and build excitement. The author gave the example of Steve Jobs bringing his developers together and, while on stage, ceremoniously burying an effigy of an old version of OS in a casket while the developers cheered and mocked mourning.
Bringing people together also has a powerful impact on your innovation program. In fact, the most impactful thing you can do to grow the value of your innovation pipelineis to run more sessions. Each person coming to a session brings stimulus from their varied backgrounds, education and stimulus mining. A group provides diversity of thinking styles and experiences. And sessions provide us freedom within a framework to reduce the fear that is naturally part of exploring new ideas. Stimulus, diversity and reduced fear, the three key variables in great innovation, are all the benefits of a well run innovation session.
We recommend four different types of innovation sessions:
- Strategy Activation Sessions. These sessions, bringing together today’s and tomorrow’s leaders, are designed to focus on establishing the strategic missions for our innovation program. This session can provide the framework for aligning an organization on what is very important to the future. At our most recent Innovation Engineering Conference, 62% of the leaders surveyed said alignment was their most important issue to improve the innovation results.
- Create Sessions. A day-and-a-half session for creating ideas to respond to a strategic mission. Create sessions are great for coming up with many Core innovations to existing products, services, processes and business models.
- Accelerators. A world-class three-and-a-half-day session that is a must for developing Leap innovations. Participants are immersed in rapid cycles of PDSA, with cycles as fast as 30 minutes, to gain incredible learning and momentum. From crappy to not crappy in three and a half days.
- Problem Solving Sessions. Want your innovations to grow in value as they pass through your Pipeline? Want them to move faster? Problem solving sessions are a must. Often as short as two or four hours these sessions focus on busting through an impediment, regaining momentum and growing value. True Leap innovations result from hundreds of problem solving sessions in the search for the greatest meaningful uniqueness.
Four sessions bringing together stimulus, diversity and freedom within a framework to enable anyone, anywhere to be innovative. Call us, we will help you bring productive ceremony to your innovation program.