Room 214’s Director of Creative Services, Jen Casson, recently shared the following Ted Talk with me on “How to Manage for Collective Creativity.” I think a better title would have been, Leading with Innovation.
For those of you responsible for coming up with innovative ideas, or simply leading others to the same — this is a really insightful talk. My key take-aways were as follows:
Innovation is about collective genius… it’s a journey that includes collaborative problem solving, discovery-driven learning, integrative decision making. The three success factors boil down to:
- Creative abrasion (amplify differences, diversity and conflict)
- Creative agility (test and refine ideas, discovery where you act as opposed to plan your way to the future, experiments and not pilots)
- Creative resolution (patient decision making in a way that reconfigures ideas in different combinations).
No individual dominance, but no compromise either. The insight from Pixar: “Leadership is about creating a world in which people want to belong.” Our roles as leaders is to set the stage, not perform on it (I love that one).