Monday, June 1, 2009

Keeping True to Innovation

I was most struck with the challenges inherent with keeping true to disruptive innovation, when the tendency will be to slip into sustaining innovation - "In the language of disruption, here is what this means: unless top manager actively manage this process, their organization will shape every disruptive innovation into a sustaining innovation - one that fits the processes, values, and economic model of the existing business - because organizations cannot naturally disrupt themselves."

It appears, that keeping true to the disruptive innovation is critical. It has been my experience as a school leader, that change has always required a fair amount of compromise. Upon reflection, maybe the change hasn't achieved everything that I hoped, or dreamed it would, because of the compromising and tinkering along the way. Where does collaboration fit into this? Should it?

So, as I think about my own organization, I'm thinking about the need to establish a sense of urgency around student centric learning. If the urgency can be established, and embraced by the stakeholders, we have to then keep true to the disruptive innovations that will realize the goal.

Schools are not big on taking risks. It may be because of the need to answer to the public about the expenditures of tax dollars. However, if the end result is less cost to the taxpayer, maybe keeping true to the innovation will be far easier.

1 comment:

  1. Challenging the status quo is very risky business, but little is accomplished without establishing a sense of urgency. The time has come. Mistakes will be made, yet sometimes mistakes clarify what we DON'T want. Our mistakes will help us gain the insight we need to clear the path to innovation. We have much to learn by shedding complacentcy.

    Collaboration is key...it helps establish a common language. Collaborative relationships feed a sense of empowerment and fosters the decision making process. The more information we receive from varying perspectives,the better informed we are to make well thought-out decisions that hold true to the theory of disruptive innovation. A collaborative team that sees itself as one unit, that is clear about where it is going, and that shares the central qualities of work, power, skills, control, authority and reward carries with it the capacity for sustainable innovation.

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