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Engage // Innovate at World Innovation Convention

Time to reflect – and draw

Attending a conference like this gives fantastic input, but also great time for reflections and sketching. Trying to make the Innovation Pyramid more visually enchanting, I’ve been playing around with some rough sketches. Here’s one sketch giving more of a depth feeling. While it still does not give the full implication that I’d like, it is probably better than the existing one-dimensional figure we’ve been working with.

This one might work as a framework to highlight or pull out information from within the structure. This would be text, logos, visual representations and more textual material. So instead of putting everything inside the pyramid, perhaps drawing it out would work better? I’ll be testing this in my upcoming “Leadership in Action class”…..

Time to reflect – and draw

Four great conference presentations

In preparation for a series of upcoming conferences, I’ve been asked to suggest a couple of potential keynote presentations, their core issues and key take-aways. Here are four suggested topics.

Educating Pirates How one renegade business school teacher & management consultant train the innovators of tomorrow
The Innovation Pyramid: a toolkit to boost innovation in any organization
Becoming a Corporate Rebel Changing your life from the path of the Dinosaur to Pirate Thinking
The people side of innovation: Why every innovation effort starts in your head

Educating Pirates
– How one renegade business school teacher & management consultant train the innovators of tomorrow
Facebook, Apple, Microsoft were all founded by “kids”, 19-20 years olds. Our problem is that most 20-year olds spend their days wasting away in business schools and Universities; educational institutions that teach them the existing paradigm, not the next paradigm. This is the story of how one renegade business school teacher and management consultant applied pirate thinking to innovating the next generation of innovative pirates.

Key take-aways:
– How our existing educational paradigm destroy, rather than create innovative business leaders
– How one business school teacher apply innovation thinking to training future innovators
– How you can change educational paradigm to train your future innovators
– How Pirate thinking can boost confidence, creativity and innovation in business school students worldwide

The Innovation Pyramid
– a toolkit to boost innovation in any organization

Most organizations need to dramatically increase their innovation capability. This is how.
Most companies wish they were more innovative.
85 % of executives rank innovation as a top five priority.
But few leaders have the training…
Few executives have built the culture…
Few companies have the tools…
…to lead innovation.

Enter, the Innovation Pyramid.

The Innovation Pyramid…
• …is a tool for making leaders, employees and their companies significantly increase their innovation capability.
• …is a tool to develop a shared language, shared understanding and shared action around innovation.
• …is both a strategy tool and a fun process to challenge the organization to dream bigger, drive change and make innovation happen.
• … along with visual thinking facilitation, helps companies innovate how they innovate.
Over the last year, and increasing number of Scandinavian firms have started applying the Innovation Pyramid as a key innovation tool. Christian Rangen will take you through an exciting presentation/workshop to teach you how you can apply the Innovation Pyramid to boost innovation in your own organization.

Key take-aways:
– A shared tool for innovation
– A shared language for innovation in any organization
– You will take away a complete toolkit to help you innovate how you innovate in your own organization.

Becoming a Corporate Rebel
– Changing your life from the path of the Dinosaur to Pirate Thinking
Twitter #Piratethinking

Every day, Christian goes to work to make innovation happen. He consults, teaches and coaches on strategic innovation, radical innovation and re:thinking leadership. On the way he meets two types of people; the Dinosaur and the Pirate.

Christian will show you how you can identify the Dinosaurs and Pirates in your own organization and your own life. He will show you how you can transform your path from that of the Dinosaur and inject more Pirate thinking into your own life. Our number one challenge is the fact that Pirate thinking is not being taught in our schools. It is not being taught in our business schools or Universities, and it is most certainly not being applauded in most organization.
Because Pirate thinking is the very essence of innovation, of dreaming and doing things differently – and becoming a corporate rebel starts with yourself. And it all begins with the story of the Dinosaur and the Pirate…

Key takeaways:
The audience will…
• Understand why great firms fail
• Realize the principle of disruptive innovation
• Discover the people side of disruptive innovation
• Understand why some people are Dinosaurs
• Find the engagement and passion within themselves to become true Pirates
• Get started on their own #Piratethinking

The people side of innovation
– Why every innovation effort starts in your head

Working with executive teams, it becomes increasingly clear that most barriers to innovation are already in the room. The single biggest barrier to making innovation happen is not “the organization”, it is not “a lack of time or money”, it is the existing mental models within each individual in the team or organization. Exposing these dominant mental models is the very first step to any innovation success.
Gary Hamel believes “The real brake on innovation is the drag of old mental models” and Richard Seymour says ‘’There are tons of things we could have done years ago; if we only could have imagined it”. Bettina von Stamm states “Innovation is about changing one’s frame of mind”.

So, how, then, can we train executives and the aspiring leaders of tomorrow to Dream Bigger and Think Different? How can we dramatically increase corporate imagination in the executive suite? How can we reframe people’s mind to kick-start innovation?

Using a combination of innovation thinking and NLP, Christian Rangen will reveal how you can expose existing mental models in a team. How you can significantly help executives develop new mental models. How any team can Dream Bigger and boost corporate imagination. And why every innovation effort starts in your head. The goal: to dramatically enhance leaders’ ability to imagine, to Dream Bigger and create a different future.

Key take-aways:
– Understand the number one barrier to innovation
– Realize why every innovation starts in your head
– Learn how you can train people to Dream Bigger and increase corporate imagination
– Discover how NLP skills help you become a more fantastic innovation coach

These are my four suggestions.
What are your thoughts?


The Innovation Pyramid

The Innovation Pyramid is both a tool and a process for strategic innovation.

We have been working on the framework and the visuals (coming soon) for several months. Through a series of workshops and seminars, and now, more recently, through a series of executive applications, we are happy to be sharing the model openly. In short, it works.

Our work here is greatly inspired by several thinkers, researchers and authors on innovation and strategy. It is only by studying their work we have been able to develop ours. While much is done, even more remains before we are fully satisfied with the process and framework.

For now, however, we are happy to state that the Innovation Pyramid

is a tool to develop a shared language, shared understanding and shared action around innovation.

is both a strategy tool and a fun process to challenge the organization to dream bigger, drive change and make innovation happen.

along with visual thinking facilitation, helps companies innovate how they innovate.

We are now working up an academic journal article, outlining the development behind and the application of the Innovation Pyramid. Stay tuned.

For a selection of references, please see:

Model structure and content
Afuah, Allan (2003) Innovation Management, pg. 13 – 46
Andersen, Michael Moesgaard (2010) Return on Strategy: how to achieve it
Anthony, Scott D., et.al (2008) Innovator’s Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work
Design workshop (2011a) Action research workshop. Stavanger, Norway
Design workshop (2011b) Action research workshop, Stavanger, Norway
Hamel, Gary (2007) The Future of Management
Markides, Constantinos (2008) Game-Changing Strategies: How to Create New Market Space in Established Industries by Breaking the Rules
Skarzynski, Peter and Gibson, Rowan (2008) Innovation to the Core: A Blueprint for Transforming the Way Your Company Innovates
Tidd, Joe and John Bessant (2009)Managing Innovation: Integrating Technological, Market and Organizational Change
Visual thinking design
Allee, Verna (2002) The Future of Knowledge: Increasing Prosperity through Value Networks
Duarte, Nancy (2008) slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations
Duarte, Nancy (2010) Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences
Osterwalder, Alexander and Pigneur, Yves (2010) Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers 
Roam, Dan (2008) The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Picture
Sibbet, David (2010) Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity.
Sveiby, Karl-Erik (2002) K-MAP – Knowledge Management Activity Planning Toolkit

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Management innovation at Young in Aibel

Recently I was invited to give a talk at a Young in Aibel workshop. Little did I know that I would meet a highly passionate, multicultural crew of young leaders. Our upcoming book is titled “Strategy Tools For The Next Generation”. The young crew I met at Aibel is just that Next Generation.

Young in Aibel is the brainchild of Marcus Hølland Eikeland, a project manager and business developer at Aibel. Used to making things happen, and seeing a need for a greater network amongst young employees, Marcus got the ball rolling on Young in Aibel. Hoping to see 30 members by end of October 2011, the Linkedin Group is 117 member strong and quickly growing.

Young in Aibel’s innovator-in-chief, Marcus Hølland Eikeland

It was this engaged group who was willing to stay after work on a Friday afternoon to join the workshop, “Innovation at Aibel”.

Special pre-print edition of our upcoming book
For Aibel we had the unique opportunity to provide a special, custom-made, pre-print edition of our upcoming book, “Dream Bigger: Your Personal Innovation Sketch Book”. Project manager Marcus Hølland Eikeland wrote the perfect introdution:

“Someone smart once said: ‘Life starts at the end of your comfort zone’.This is what ‘Young in Aibel’ is all about. Meeting new people, pushing ideas, and challenging the status quo.
Bring your ideas to life by drawing, writing or sketching them in this notebook. Together we shape the future. – The Young in Aibel Crew.”

This kind of young, self-organized, highly engaged group of people from Norway, Brazil, India, Venezuela and Sweden is something most firms would love to have.

Management innovation in the making
Young in Aibel – and programs like it – has all the characteristicas of Management Innovation. The program is bottom-up. It got kick-started by Marcus. It has no formal organizational structure or unit. It just comes together. The group uses open social media plattform, Linkedin, rather than corporate e-mail to communicate. It is a community of passion, not a formal project. And it is spreading like wildfire to other parts of Aibel’s organization.

But what is Management Innovation
Through our teaching and consulting, people frequently ask us “what is management innovation?
Using Birkenshaw, Hamel and Mol’s definition: “We define management innovation as the invention and implementation of a management practice, process, structure, or technique that is new to the state of the art and is intended to further organizational goals” (Management Innovation, Academy of Management Review, 2008:33) .

A more straight forward defintion is “reinventing management”. Because few firms, few scholars and few employees believe today’s managment model is helping us get the best out of people and organizations. Of all nine levels of innovation, management innovation is the least developed, but this is slowly changing.

Management innovation has been covered in Harvard Business Review in “Moon Shots for Management” (2009) and “Why, What, and How of Management Innovation” (2006).

Hamel and his crew of renegade scholars have also developed a set of “moonshots for management”.

Management innovation coming soon to a company very near you
Over the past few months I’ve had several lectures and talks covering management innovation. Using Google as a case study at BI Norwegian Business School, leads students to define “G-Leadership” – a suggestion for explaning what Google is doing, that the existing models for management (transformational leadership) does not explain.

A recent talk I gave to a group of financial controllers highlighted examples of management innovations. Using the Innovation Pyramid, the examples ranged from “using social medias as a leadership tool” to the big question “Do we really need managers?”. Again, this is very early in a new paradigm for management. But seeing the growing trend, watching the level of engagement on the MIX – Management Innovation Exchange – makes us confident in predicting Management Innovation is coming soon to a company very near you.

One such management innovation is excactly what Aibel is doing. And I believe it is truly exciting.
How do you light a creative spark under your young people, your next generation of leaders? How do you enable them to take charge, seize the moment and help push the creative thinking in the firm? This is excactly what Young in Aibel is doing. ….

The challenge for all firms: How do we reinvent management? How do we become management innovators? How do we create strategy tools for this next generation?

While we were writing this blog post Harvard Business Review published Gary Hamel’s latest article on management innovation “First, Let’s Fire All the Managers”. This December 2012 edition of Harvard Business Review has a great case study on how Morning Star Company generates $700 million in revenue with 400 employees – and no managers. We’ll cover this indepth in an upcoming blog post.

Management innovation at Young in Aibel