Igniting Innovation: Tips, Sparks and Ideas for Acting on Innovation

3 Ways to Have a Systems Mindset

Posted by Greg Lemmon on Jul 20, 2016 2:08:44 PM

Happy Birthday, No Guru Needed! Wow it has been a whole year since we’ve started this blog and after publishing just over 100 posts it is time to reflect on what we’ve learned. When summarizing the data from this blog I did my best to have a systems mindset. Meaning, my focus was less on the details of each blog post and more on the variance between them.

Here are 3 things I do differently when I have a systems mindset:

1. Don’t blame or reward workers:
We have 9 people writing post here and not a single writer is more popular than another. Is it because we’re all the same? Absolutely not. Each member of our team has their own strengths and weaknesses. We are not the same, but we are working in the same system. If you’ve been reading our post over the past year then you may recognize this quote:

“94% of the problems are due to the system, not the worker.”

We often quote Deming on this in attempts to educate leadership and get them to stop blaming and/or rewarding the worker based on occurrences caused by the system.

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Topics: innovation, Innovation Systems, Metrics

Is Your Innovation System Out of Control: The 4 types of systems I see most often

Posted by Greg Lemmon on Apr 12, 2016 10:09:15 AM

Recently we launched a new innovation pipeline dashboard that summarizes metrics for our clients. Within these metrics we create control
charts which enable us to tell if the subsystems are in control or not.

Here are four types of systems I see and what leadership can do about them: 

  1. The System Is to Do Nothing. This chart looks like a series of all zeros. It is time for change, leadership just needs to get people started doing something. It doesn’t matter where you start, but innovation won’t happen without a change.
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Topics: innovation, strategy, Metrics

March Madness - 3 Lessons to Apply to Leading Innovation

Posted by Greg Lemmon on Mar 15, 2016 11:35:44 AM

Middle of March is one of my favorite times of year. The weather is warming up here in Cincinnati, we celebrate pi day and then there is a college basketball tournament starting this week.

I know I’m not the only fan of filling out a tournament bracket, in fact I read yesterday that more brackets will be completed than votes for our next president. A somewhat silly statistic, but statistics is what makes this time of year so much fun for me. Which brings me to my first of 3 lessons from March Madness to apply to leading innovation:

  1. Data is helpful, but statistics can not completely eliminate risk.
    Kaggle.com is the world’s largest community of data scientist. The past 2 years they have hosted a data modeling competition to predict the odds of every possible match up in the NCAA tournament. If you visit their website you can download an almost overwhelming amount of data from past seasons and tournaments. The first year I participated I thought that with so much data it had to be possible to predict 90 to 95% of the winners, but I was wrong.
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Topics: innovation, Leading Innovation, Math, Metrics

Metrics That Matter - 8 Things Leaders Need to Know to Predict Innovation Success.

Posted by Greg Lemmon on Feb 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Innovation metrics have been a popular conversation topic for awhile, but before I get into what to measure and why, I want to link back to Jesse’s post from last week. Jesse said that the most important thing to do is start, so if not having metrics is your excuse not to start, please click here and read his post first and get started.

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Topics: innovation, Math, Metrics

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