March is always an exciting month. It represents renewal—spring is here! Along with this celebration, we kicked off our first webinar from a 3-part series.
The discussion was lead by our very own CEO and Founder, Priszcilla Várnagy, and hosted by Jason Grant from Integral, who helps enable people to improve their mindsets via Integral, Design, Business and Systems Thinking coaching.
In today's post, we collected three of the questions from our viewers and the discussions that followed. Here they are!
1) To what extent should we or should we not imply the solution of an innovation question?
Pris shared, "I believe that until we get to the breakthrough idea, there are multiple questions, not just a single one."
We have to be mindful when it comes to the wording of an innovation question. If it's too broad, the participants can't give clear answers, and when it's too narrow, it puts limits to our possible ideas.
"I would say the good limitations are the ones where we set the direction. My colleagues recommends to keep phrases like 'what kind of app?' in the question, when you are absolutely sure that you want to build an app. But if you can bring together resources to create another solution as well, then it would be a pity to limit it to just an app," she explained.
2) What is the impact of a CEO on the design thinking process?
CEOs are the role models inside of an organization. If they are open minded about innovation and communicate the importance of ideas inside micro-communities, people are going to come forward and share their thoughts, how to make things more effective, or share ideas in a whole new way. The best possibility is for when they can also run the innovation challenges themselves.
A crucial point is to find the needed resources to move forward in the innovation process. Pris believes, "true innovators will find a way to work with whatever few resources they have."
3) How can we encourage people to feel engaged with innovation within the organization?
Our secret sauce is to use psychological triggers and gamification as a way to get the participants’ attention and keep their interests. Because it's a risk-free, anonymous and playful process, they look forward to the next stage of the innovation process. In the end, the top contributors are revealed, and this encourages and empowers participants.
In conclusion, the road to innovation doesn’t have to be a tricky one. It takes a clear strategy, but also the collaboration of minds for innovation to happen.
Here is the full recorded discussion below—enjoy!
How about the best practices in helping people feel more engaged in innovation to contribute to the collective genius? That’s exactly what our next session will talk about.
Mark April 5th 2018 on your calendar, and join us for the second part of our series.