We are in unprecedented times in our global societies. We must
navigate out of our economic and social morass by re-building the
organizational and social fabric of the nation and the world.
Innovation is the path to get there, but leaders and organizations are
focused on the status quo.
In part one (August) we explored the individual perspective: How can
I think like an innovator? What skills and new behaviors do I need?
Now we move to the collective perspective: How does a world-class
innovative organization think? How do you create that mindset — i.e. a
culture that creates, nurtures, and supports innovation?
Dyer, Gregersen, and Christensen in The Innovator’s DNA say that
world class innovative organizations create “People, Processes, and
Philosophies” to create, nurture, and support innovation. We will
explore how these capabilities are crafted in organizations like Google,
Apple, and Cisco, and look for approaches and tools to use in our
Several examples from Google will be explored, including their
practice of engineers spending 20% of their time on projects they think
are important. Attendees will also share examples and dilemmas in this
PRESENTER: Peter Jay Sorenson, CMC, is an independent strategic
organization design and change management consultant, coach, and social
entrepreneur. He is known for his ability to see the big picture, make
sense of messes, and lead teams in resolving complex issues. Pete’s
practice (http://strategicorganizationdesign.com) focuses on strategy,
intentionally designing organizations (with webs of intangible assets),
creating change, and assessing what works.