MOVEMENT AND INNOVATION: THE DYNAMIC ENERGY OF YOUR PEOPLE
Zac Curtis, our Capability Director, recently attended the ISPIM and Front End of Innovation conference in Florence, which is themed around the 500thanniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci. 600 innovation leaders assembled in the renaissance city to share thoughts and best practice on innovation.
MOVEMENT AND INNOVATION: RELEASE THE DYNAMIC ENERGY OF YOUR PEOPLE
One speaker, Professor Luigi Dei, Rector of The University of Florence explored the idea of movement as an important foundation to innovation in the connection of science and art. Science and art? Movement? How was this a start to a week of innovation?
What is meant by movement in this context?
‘Consciousness is only possible
through change; change is only possible
Aldous Huxley – The Art of Seeing
Innovation is movement. Without movement, innovation becomes diluted, ineffective, dead. One of the key blockers to innovation is organisational inertia, ‘the glue of the organisation’, as one of our clients put it. Therefore, innovation must be movement. Thinking a problem through is important, but it is the action of doing; of failing fast and learning; then failing again, and iterating which makes the movement and momentum to succeed at innovation. Don’t talk about it, do it.
The challenge is in seeking movement in the stillness.
The speaker shared insight into how paintings and sculpture can demonstrate that movement can exist within stillness: a stormy sea, a dynamic sculpture, a scene of a great battle. What looks like stillness, he suggested, can hold anticipation and kinetic energy. Your organisation’s work on innovation may seem to be lacking drive or speed, but those humble artists show us that the most powerful movement can come from perceived inertia.
At The Innovation Beehive we release the energy and potential of people at work, by helping organisations to build an Innovation Ecosystem. This gives their people a clear Direction and Environment for innovation, build an innovation Engine to give structure to their innovation efforts, and enable their people to innovate with tools and behaviours to unlock their creativity.
This can unlock the dynamic movement hidden within your organisation, that is the creativity inherent in your people.
‘Life is movement’
Leonardo Da Vinci
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