The Theory Behind an Innovation Mindset
“A fool with a tool is still a fool”. So says Frank Hull when reflecting on his research into the importance of having a certain savvy to boost work performance. His research demonstrates that technical skills, tools and processes are important, but without the right application the benefits are limited. And you don’t have to be a fool, you can develop the necessary ability to optimise the use of improvement tools and processes.
Our research demonstrates that there is a set of beliefs, attitudes and behaviours that when combined with tools and skills create a synergy bonus which Hull calculates to be around 58% (see pie chart).
“The synergy bonus is a key to why some enterprises are able to outperform others by achieving both kinds of generic competitive advantage simultaneously, efficiency and innovation." 1
After years of research we have collated the attributes of an innovation mindset, which explain why some people and organisations can innovate so easily, while others struggle.
Our research is aligned to the model produced by Nesta, a government-funded innovation foundation in the UK. It has recently published a model of the innovation attributes that make government organisations successful.
Catalyst Exchange has developed a workshop to show you how you can develop and apply this mindset to your work.
Best of all, we recognise that most people already have a good deal of it, but that they haven’t recognised its importance, haven’t had permission to apply it or haven’t applied it in the right way. We start off with the assumption that you are half-way there, the glass is half full, and through storytelling and conversation you learn to articulate your strengths and pinpoint what you need to work on.
We also show you how to apply an innovation action model to your day-to-day work, how to get better results from team work and also what your leadership can do to encourage everyone to find and use their own innovation mindset.
You can find out more by taking a look at our full Innovation Mindset brochure, which highlights what makes this one-day workshop different and the key benefits you'll receive from attending. It also provides more detail on what will be covered in each session, and tells you a bit more about Tess and Allan, our facilitators.
Workshops will be held across Australia. Find out where and register today.
Alternatively, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email if there are specific requirements you'd like us to help you with.
1 Hull, F and Collins, P; The Innovation Paradox; Strategy Research Institute; 2010