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Few companies organize to walk multiple paths to re-invent themselves.
Note: if you have a strange feeling of "Deja Vu", or "Synchronicity" it is absolutely normal, and you are fine. Innovation is partly in this rapid prototyping and entanglement experience between different stories and dimensions.It is innovating on innovation illustration.
Few companies set up the environment for individuals to do the same. I interviewed a guy who experienced 18 laps race event into the innovation pool into the same company. Some kind of initiatic workout for innovation talent development.
This story is 100% facts based.It describes more in details one specific lap. This is Lap 16.
The story is about fostering co-creation by giving extended access to individual and group contributions. It gives example of several models of diving fins readily available for swimmers to borrow different models than their own, resulting in unique new combinations.
We are talking a 20 years period. Lap 16 has been widely runned in the last years.
The company where the "pool" hosted this weird swimming workout has grown from 5 to 50 thousands employees in the time. Regional to global status. Although this organization is considered innovative, no official program has been set up for such long distance and multi experience dive.
The flash interview has been inspired by the Mix Challenge.
Real field experience is analyzed as a stand-alone testimony among a chain of 18 stories. However, smart readers will also find out a series of related hacks.
Abundant food for thoughts
A recurrent quote is that the core trade basics require "5 years to learn how to float".
With few written materials in a time preceeding ISO certification programs, coulpled with a fast expanding company and individuals scopes, the guy interviewed rapidly understood that problems will come up quickly without any troubleshooting guide.
This was not about firefighting. Young recruits were feeling like scouting on a "Terra Incognita". Draft maps provided not representing the territory.
Many would prefer "18 holes" for a title and the story could lead through a nice golf course. Especially our Mix Guru.
Appealing outdoor demanding exercise.Concentration and precision skills development drive. Diversity in the landscape. Time for mind simulation and computation.
Sorry, the journey sounds quite more repetitive, breath-taking but for no gorgeous scenery. Against the clock.And bouncing back on a wall.
Our recruit is describing his professional experience as a swimming workout.
Here is the number 16 out of the 18 Questions & Answers giving details of the experience :
16.How do coach(es) build a foundation of distinct widely shared innovation insights that is accessible by all?
Freestyle John Linchpin: Oh, the one that can end up in heartstroking miles if you happen to swim backward. Energetic innovaction is what it isn't for a watch race. Plunge into it, don't go amiss. Work the motions, unlearn the routines to overcome any already felt sensation. Steady business hidden rock against innovation waves. Creative endeavors, there is no better aquafitness.That the nice wording for Global Physical preparation. Or dry land brutal homework. You need to develop flexibility on heavier muscles and it is neither a piece of cake, nor painless.
We-doo have some simple home-made warm-ups mingled in a nice mix of individual thinkings. First stretch, our engineers alltogether: that’s our Innovation Day. Hundreds of thinkers reunited across teams or department boundaries for a full-day workout.
Alltogether, time to swim collective and cool pace.
And then, come the rapids falls and series. Droplets of creative sessions. Whenever needed, whoever wants, diverse co-operation to water adverse thinking. Challenging time and busyness symptoms to save a bunch of swim time and distance.
Break trough dry lands: rapid falls watering the innovation pool - Credits Ac Depeige
Unburn time bridges, and let the newborn ideas flow. We have had more than a hundred this year during our special stretching day. Positive experience, with a good part of them being directly applicable, and a little bit more than a top 10 selection to be submitted to the coaches as innovations. That’s one of the exercises for sharing insights with all.
Our groundstone fondation is a different kind of stretching: competitive intelligence or widely accessible and shared swimming techniques of athletes from well established as well as expanding pools.
It’s a actually a good routine to be able to create new movements: goggle other athletes, analyze gestures and directions, and see how it could actually make a difference in the race - for them and for yourself.
The swimagnifier: goggle other athletes and field champions - Credits Ac Depeige
Minitious open-air observation and pool-wide sharing are key to create better and faster movements to not only out-perform our sport competitors as we have seen in the previous lap, but mostly in order to get inspiration from your own teammates.
Specific diving fins for improved and faster swimming performance: we have several of a kind in store with a common goggle search function. Kind of open library with an exhaustive inventory of swimming techniques as well as registered trademarks for highly specific strokes. An easy armful access that provides much detailed and useful information.
Innovation credientials access
Know what you don't know (yet) but others know
Fast track internal search prior new solutiosn development
Enrich others' ideas.
Create connections and associations between insights.