(passive, accepting side).
Inviting inspiration, effective
listening; learning about new
processes, methods, and technologies.
YANG (active, aggressive side).
Inspiring others, searching for
synergies; helping each
other analyze and interpret data; making time or creating a place
for new ideas
The Jazz of Innovation
Incorporate a wide
range of styles, skills, and perspectives
inspire and develop winning
innovative solutions. Encourage comments and ideas. Inspire
advocates and critics. Invite outsiders – experts, customers,
to generate and evaluate ideas...
25 Lessons from Jack Welch
Get Good Ideas from Everywhere
Share what you know with others to get
what they know.
Encourage an exchange of ideas at virtually every level of your
Encourage a free flow of ideas not only among your businesses but
also between your company and other businesses as well.
an Integral Part of Your Workplace
Seven Planting Tips1
constantly search for new ideas and
make constant browsing of journals, books, newspapers, Internet and
other sources your habit and an integral part of your
The Art of Innovation, Tom Kelley
Jack Welch quoted in Nikkei Business, February 21, 1994
The Seed of Apple's Innovation, Interview with Steve Jobs, Business Week
The Key to Innovative Business Ideas: Cross-Pollination, Pamela Wilson
5 Ways To Innovate By Cross-Pollinating Ideas, Tina Seelig
ideas arise from cross-pollination – complex interactions between many
individuals, organizations and environmental factors. Winning innovative
inspired and developed in the process of cross-pollination of
ideas, rather than narrowly focused search.
Problem Solving Strategies:
Balanced Organization: 5 Basic Elements
within Your Organization
To face today's complex
challenges, you need to incorporate a wide range of styles, skills, and
perspectives, and build
knowledge communities. In the new era of
systemic innovation, it is more important for an organization to be
cross-functionally excellent than functionally excellent. Firms which are
successful in realizing the full returns from their technologies and
innovations are able to match their
technological developments with complementary expertise in other areas of
their business, such as manufacturing, distribution, human resources,
customer relationships. To lead these expertise development
cross-functional teams, either formal or informal, need to be
formed. These teams can also find new businesses in white spaces between
existing business units...
Managing Creativity In Your
is an intense social activity. You need a stimulus and information input
of other people's minds to be a
Cross-pollinate with People Outside Your Organization
Sharing ideas and observations
with an outside board of directors, consultants, lawyers, accountants,
bankers, and peers will help you to build your
cross-functional excellence, to broad your perspective in a complex
environment, and keep solutions on-target. Exchange of ideas among peers,
e.g. within networking groups, such as executives organizations, is not only
useful within an industry; it is also a means of learning about best
practices in related industries.
Sharing company information once
protected as proprietary has become a common practice – in
and other linkages that may involve even your competitors. Today, it is
difficult for one business to have all answers, but when you network and
link with multiple companies to bring total solution to your customers, you
become a much more valuable supplier...
An impromptu setting can help spark
cross-pollination of ideas and team chemistry. When the Danish hearing-aid
company Oticon discovered that spontaneous interactions between employees
located on different floors were taking place on stairwells, the firm wisely
broadened the stairs to encourage the multidisciplinary interchange.
10 Commandments of Innovation