Masters of Innovation – What CIO's can Learn from the World's Best Innovators
Pete Goss – 4 trans-atlantic and 2 round-the-world yacht races
- new learnings about sleep patterns, new clothing, new designs, eating patterns
- Always leads with clear values
4 key success factors in innovation (Master Innovators)
- Focus – focus on single driver; figure out the next step as you go
- Encourage ambiguity in the process but not in the purpose
- Time – spend more time on understanding the components of the problem; less time on designing the solution
- Starting point- start with "What do we want to achieve?"; start with outcome; don’t start with "Here's what we've got"
- exhibit behaviors that all can adopt
- In hindsight, it may look like master innovators had unusual advantages; in actuality they leverage their advantages to drive to success
- Many of the master innovator behaviors are learnable
Common CIO Advantages
- constraints drive creativity; guard-rails
- CIOs understand the overall value change
- Manage your distance from the mother-ship
- Great innovators are often flawed operator
- Understand and choose your core strengths and moral purpose
- Engage people based on their "why" more than their "what". Look for motivation and style
- Spend time to sink into the problem and understand it's facets.
- Keep the innovation process light and innovate the innovation process. Avoid over-processing.
- Get inspiration by looking at challenge from different directions.