There are 12 strategic action areas that wise executives need to actively attend to in order to create a culture of innovation within their organizations. For each strategy, there is a sweet spot. None can be ignored, but some may be more important to your organization.
-Assuring that all key information is uncovered and understood
-Defining strategy and clarifying goals
-Determining key challenges and root causes
-Generating ideas or choosing among them
-Building project plans
-Exploring new opportunities
Real World Examples:
Facilitators helped Centocor get unstuck
Because they had a clear pipeline map Centocor, a division of Johnson & Johnson now called Janssen Biotech, was able to see that two promising therapeutic agents were lagging in development. This knowledge allowed for the provision of focused facilitation by trained Creative Problem Solving (CPS) facilitators to get them unstuck and deliver earlier than expected results.
“They were challenged with seemingly impossible roadblocks, and needed some new, creative thinking as a major deadline was approaching. Once again, the CPS facilitators expertly led them to look at problems through different lenses – until actionable solutions emerged. “
-Ruth Dubinski, Strategic Planning, Centocor
Leverage your employees by empowering them to become facilitators
Many of our clients have use train and certify a group of CPS facilitators. While they have “day jobs,” each is occasionally tapped to support meetings needing a rapid creative solution.
One of the largest Concrete Makers in the western hemisphere has experienced tremendous growth. They have established and are continuing to grow an internal core of facilitators drawn from the ranks at their different locations. These facilitators are managers that are so passionate about their work that they self-select into taking on this additional responsibility (see align work with passion above).