From the LSG:
Nigel Paine is a change-orientated leader with a worldwide reputation and a unique grasp of media, learning and development in the public, private and academic sectors. The former head of training and development at the BBC, he left the BBC in 2006 to start his own company focussed on leadership, creativity, innovation and learning, working with companies in Europe, Brazil, Australia and the USA. He teaches for several weeks each year at Wharton Business School in Philadelphia on a doctoral programme aimed at Learning Leaders.
Difference between Innovation and CreativityCreativity - "The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, to create new meaningful new ideas"
Innovation - "Something new or different introduced."
If you're not introducing anything new and tangible, you're not innovating.
Nigel conducted a poll asking people how innovative they think their organisation is:
- 14% Very innovative
- 28% Quite
- 28% A bit
- 10% Not really
- 20% No Answer
Why is Learning and Development ImportantInnovation is mainly about people -- if you don't have people who are capable of looking beyond the horizon, innovation will most likely not happen.
Dan Pink's new book 'Drive' is about motivation - it's a human need not driven by carrots and sticks. e.g. (real story) University VC sends an email to all his professors saying they need to be innovative from Monday onwards.
Questions for individuals and organisations to ask themselves:
- Did you do today better than yesterday?
- What do you want to be remembered for?
- What's your legacy as an organisation?
"If something works it's already obsolete."
Definition of Innovation by DruckerDrucker says innovation is, "Change which creates a new dimension of performance". You can also call this the definition of L&D, says Nigel
5 Kinds of Wealth by Sharma
- Adventure/ Challenge/ Fun
- Contribution and Impact
5 ways you can make innovation thriveWhat stops innovation?
- Innovation that doesn't get supported from top is doomed - L&D can't drive it alone. We need executive endorsement.
- Management needs to set an example by being innovative.
- Too much process stifles innovation.
- Everything doesn't need a business plan - you should only need a business plan after you've gone through a few trials. Can't make people jump through hoops right at the beginning.
What helps innovation?
1. The Taylor Philosophy
Open: What might work
Cull: What will work
Focus: energies on success
2. It takes time
Instant returns rarely happen - you need to be in for the long haul.
3. Lots of dangers en-route
You have to be aware of what they are and deal with them as you go on. If you don't have the new dimension of performance -- you can't justify this effort though.
4. Not Just a People Issue
It's also an environment issue. It's about how you work with people. A great environment is just as important as great people
5. You need the right processes
e.g. Innovation forum at Intel, 20% time,
Innovation and LearningNigel asked the group: Is L&D Involved in Innovation?
- Yes a lot - 10%
- Yes - 29%
- Hardly - 26%
- No - 6%
- No Answer - 28%