The Jazz of Innovation
jazz up your ability to innovate, turn to
jazz – create
a clear guiding structure, establish
creative chaos environment within
this structure to liberate people and trigger
accidental discoveries, and encourage
The Jazz of Innovation:
11 Guiding Principles
The flexible improvisation-driven model
innovation project management
doesn’t discard structure, just as there is a clear structure to good
jazz. In innovation, this structure is created through
systems and organizational charts.
and road-mapping processes cannot guarantee brilliant flashes of creative
insight, but they can prepare minds and increase the odds that such flashes
occur in real time. Thus structure, as chords do in jazz, serves as a basis
Leading innovation is a delicate and challenging process. You need
to encourage expansive
to generate new ideas, but also filter through these ideas to decide
which to commercialize. Use a balanced "loose-tight" style of
leadership for this purpose. "→
alternates the creation of space for idea generation and free
exploration with a deliberate tightening that selects and tests
specific ideas for further investment and development."2
Looseness usually dominates
the early stages of the
process; in the later stages, tightening becomes more important
to scrutinize the concepts and bring the selected ones to the market...
Find the Right Balance Between
Structure and Chaos
You need a
certain amount of chaos to be creative but not to the point that you feel
overwhelmed by its amount. Too much uncertainty discourages people from mobilizing their best effort.
Direction, purpose, and the right amount of structure create freedom. People
feel liberated by goals and guidelines...
Structure: Preparing Minds Through Business
and Strategic Planning
Structure-building documents such as business
plans and strategic plans are intended to provide an innovator with a frame
of reference and
Many ideas surface in the strangest ways, often
when they are least expected. Sometimes they seem to pop up almost by
accident. The accidental
discovery is triggered by chaos,
and contradictions, rather than by order and logic...
Cross-Pollination of Ideas
Winning innovative solutions are
inspired and developed in the process of
cross-pollination of ideas, rather than narrowly focused search...
In Silicon Valley, companies
challenge the status quo
out-of-the-box thinking mixed with pragmatic business judgment...
Kore 10 Innovative
Kore 10 metaphoric tools
solve problems creatively
and come up with innovative
strategic simulation games for
disruptive innovators and entrepreneurs.
In chess, every move must satisfy predefined
can simulate real time
situations better as players have less restrictions.
InnoChess players have less
flexibility, but can
focus on the
Many corporations are now working with the arts
Aetna Insurance brought in jazz bassist Michael
Gold and his ensemble to teach improvisation. The theory is that kind
reactive thinking can help employees handle competition and conflict.7
– Finding an Equilibrium Between Chaos and Order
To evolve BP into an
adaptive organization, one that would be better able to survive and
prosper in today's uncertain and turbulent times, John Browne decided to
raise the creative tension. He established the preconditions necessary
for creating such tension and deliberately moved the organization to a
situation that was at the edge of chaos. That is, the point at which a
natural equilibrium is found between chaos and order, comparable to the
conditions in the evolving natural world...
search for and
discover opportunities, introduce positive change and make
forward in creating
The Fun Factor
As business today is about
fun has become a
big element in the business strategy of many highly successful businesses.
No one should have a job they don't enjoy....