Becoming an Innovative leader – the eight faces of innovation

Becoming an Innovative Leader

When we take innovation away from the technologists and start to look at innovation as a set of behaviours that can drive change and culture, we start to look at innovation as a leadership model.

 

Using the Creatrix from the Richard Byrd Co in MN USA, we can identify the eight faces of innovation. All have there place and strength in today’s organisation, however the balance and focus will need to adapt for each need the organisation faces.

 

 

What type of innovative leaders are you? What ‘persona’ do you wear?

Creatrix Leadership Orientation As a leader…. What others think/see
Innovator You have a new idea every minute and may drive people within the organization crazy trying to keep up with you.  While you are trying to keep ahead of the curve, they’re trying to keep up with you, and you can wear them out.  You provide much value in keeping an organization cutting edge.  However, your multitude of ideas without complete follow through may appear too chaotic for some.
Dreamer You come up with lots of great ideas but often don’t share them or know how to drive them forward.  People may look for direction from you as to how to “make it happen” but you may not be able to take it to that level. People like your ideas, but you have difficulty implementing them.  Your low propensity for risk taking inhibits your innovative capacity.
Sustainer  You like stability and prefer to maintain the status quo.  You provide a lot of stability for an organization.  However, when people come to you with new ideas, you appear resistant. Your stability brings strength to an organization that wants to frequently change focus.  However, you may appear resistant to any change and any new ideas.
Challenger You have the attitude of let’s keep moving.  You are ready to take action.  You can drive ideas forward, but they usually are not your own ideas.  However, because you don’t let much get by you, you may appear critical to others. You’re always on the ball ready to respond.  However, you may appear abrasive and insensitive.  As a result, people may become resistant to sharing their creative ideas with you. 
Planner You operate with a need for order and plans. Creative ideas fit within the plan.  You are going to need more information and data before taking a risk   You may appear to others as too data driven—not using your “instincts” as a leader.  People will check with you for clarity.  You also may be checking in too often to determine whether you’re in sync with the plan.  Some of the most valuable contributions may occur outside the plan.   
Modifier  You’re going to believe in incremental changes and tweaking existing ideas.  You are not going to take risks unless you can see the real benefits. If a new product/service without a lot of new fangled stuff is needed, you’ll be the first asked.  However, you may appear to others as not seeing the bigger picture.
Practicalizer You’re willing to try something as long as it is practical.  You don’t want a lot of “hair brained” ideas coming at you all at once.  You keep the targeted aim in front of you at all times. Moving creative ideas through the organization will be seen as your specialty.  However, you may be so focused on the practical application of an idea that you miss an important breakthrough opportunity.
Synthesizer You see possibilities in everything and put unlikely combinations of things together to create something new.  You are willing to take risks, but not at all costs.  You are a cautious risk taker. You will develop some of the most unique ideas and will amaze people with what you put together.  However, people may have a hard time initially tracking with you; so you may lose them unless they can see how you moved from point A to B.

 To find out more about the Creatrix and how this innovative culture change tool can work with your people and organisation visit:

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About Mike Morrison

Mike Morrison is a consultant and change agent specialising in developing skills in senior people to increase organizational performance.
Mike is also founder & director of RapidBI, an organizational effectiveness consultancy.

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