Next challenge – herding the innovation cats
After listening to Steven Berlin Johnson and reading Stefan Lindegaard, I’m very excited about the prospects for driving and fostering true innovation here at the school. There’s a wealth of talent (military and civilian) to tap into, but I want to move us past that superficial stage of “tossing out ideas”.
Johnson talks a lot about the “slow hunch”, and I think this is where the innovative culture needs some process and administration (for want of a better term).
So here’s what I think I need to know:
- What mechanisms can we use to capture ideas (24/7 if necessary)
- What level of detail should we require from those ideas?
- What protocol do we use to revisit the older ideas to see if the time is right for them?
- How do we manage that “idea” lifecycle?
- How can we keep promoting innovation when some functional/hierarchical barriers will remain?
I’m very curious to hear what people have to say. I have a few simple tech-y ideas, but I don’t want to salt the waters just yet.
I have a meeting planned with my colleagues next week and “innovation” is the planned topic for discussion.
Over to you…