Effective leadership requires effective thinking. One of the best means of developing the skill of effective thinking is to create frames that helps guide and direct their thinking towards a desired goal.
One area every leader needs to develop is an awarness for the sources of new, different, or innovative ideas and the creativity that can emerge from it. Frames help us see. And innovation requires new vision. Innovation requires seeing things in new or different ways.
AWARENESS- 9 Thinking Frames for Seeking New Ideas and Innovation
A- Ambidextrous Thinking
Hold two competing, if not opposite, ideas simultaneously, embrace the duality, seek to integrate them into a workable solution.
Global and Local
Bigger and Smaller
Faster and Slower
Take Risks and Be Careful
Bias Towards Thinking and Bias Toward Action
Kaizen and Tenakaizen
High Levels of Teamwork and High Levels of Personal Accountability
We Have the Answers and They Have the Answers
Data Driven and Skeptical of Data
Predictable and Change is Normal
W- Wisdom Stewardship
The knowledge, learning, and wisdom of the team is intentionally curated and viewed as an asset to be leveraged intentionally- not passively.
New learnings are integrated with existing knowledge and captured.
Develop a systematic plan to ensure that no knowledge is wasted or lost.
A- Adapting & Attaching
Copy, imitate, mash-up, pirate, re-mix and re-purpose ideas from outside to fit your needs.
Find others who are on the same mission, pursuing similar goals or doing similar things and look for ways to attach to what they are doing creating synergy and conserving energy.
Also find others in pursuit of wildly different goals and ends. Take and learn lessons and principles from their work and adapt to your own
Human capital is key. Avoid falling into hierarchical traps. Keep the organization flat and insist on people building relationships.
Relationships must be established inside and outside.
Leaders must ensure relationship are built because relationships intertwine the most crucial and important parts of an organization…its people and its future. Both must be served
A clear vision is essential but the pathway to get there evolves over time.
Knowing when to ask “Why?” and “Why not?” is a key to leadership and innovation
Plans change. If you don’t have a strong strategic planning process then you will soon have a bad plan you are stuck with.
Allow for the means and methods to evolve.
Don’t lock into an idea that has a limited shelf life.
Connect with other people, leaders, teams, churches, organizations, and networks.
Leverage personal networks, organizational networks, and social media to create serendipitous learning.
We learn from the models of others. Sometimes imitation beats innovation.
Use your networks as a source of imitation for innovation.
Create a “skunk works” atmosphere where people are not afraid to experiment and fail.
A merciful culture is better able to innovate because it accepts mistakes as a byproduct of pushing for innovation
Fail fast and fail forward.
A Servant Leader who is not afraid to fail publicly can use failure to create and serve a culture of innovation
Resources need to be shared between people, teams, departments, and organizations.
Do not allow resources to sit that could be shared with those who can use those resources now.
Pull ideas out from the silos they are sitting in.
Try ideas and systems with this question in mind, “Can this be done bigger and at a larger scale?”
Consider, “How do we extend what we are doing today into tomorrow?”
Envisioning-what can we become/transform into tomorrow?
Those ideas will have power.