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Gartner Symposium - Master Innovators

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)
  1. Focus – focus on single driver; figure out the next step as you go
  2. Encourage ambiguity in the process but not in the purpose
  3. Time – spend more time on understanding the components of the problem; less time on designing the solution
  4. Starting point- start with "What do we want to achieve?"; start with outcome; don’t start with "Here's what we've got"
Master Innovators
  • 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
Additional messages
  1. Manage your distance from the mother-ship
  2. Great innovators are often flawed operator
  3. Understand and choose your core strengths and moral purpose
  4. Engage people based on their "why" more than their "what". Look for motivation and style
  5. Spend time to sink into the problem and understand it's facets.
  6. Keep the innovation process light and innovate the innovation process. Avoid over-processing.
  7. Get inspiration by looking at challenge from different directions.


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