Accelerating Radical Management Innovation
Renew, transform, re-invent the way you do things. Organizations today need to look at better ways, alternative and innovative ways to change the status quo. It’s not about being radical for the sake of it. Only if you try radical ways will you be in a better position to find your ‘fit for purpose’ goals.
As Michelangelo said: ‘The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark’. He was a radical in the way we talk about it.
At The Chalfont Project, we have crafted a series of short interventions called Accelerators:
- Reboot! The Game Plan
- Critical Thinking
- Injecting Disruption
These are high impact, self-contained short term interventions with management, functional teams, or groups of all sizes that elect to challenge their standard way of thinking and agree to some immediate and trackable actions to drive change and develop a better way of functioning.
Why do we call them Accelerators? Because these vehicles create:
- fast shared understanding of issues
- fast alignment around a common purpose
- shared commitment to action
Proven within engagements that Leandro Herrero has run with his own clients, the Accelerators are designed for any organization that requires novel, differentiated, innovative and highly effective organizational development and change techniques and tools.
Accelerators are not team building games or management training exercises or courses. They invite people in organizations to shape their world through real work focused on the specifics of your challenges in your organization. But this is done in a fast, sharp, focused and efficient way and in a surprisingly short period of time. And, yes, in doing so, you create a common sense of purpose and align the team as well! There is no turning back after the Accelerator!
Reboot! The Game Plan
TAKING ON Corporate taboos, DISCOVERING ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM, PREPARED TO CHALLENGE THE DEFAULT POSITION… SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN!
RENEW, TRANSFORM, REINVENT, PICK YOUR TERMS
Do you feel like you and your team are stuck in the day to day doing of things and many aspects of the running of the organization don’t make the agenda? There may or may not be anything obviously wrong. Or maybe there is. But this is not a good enough state of affairs.
If you are ‘doing well’ (congratulations!), it is also the best time to look at your next level of possibilities. If you are one of those leaders who say, what’s next? Reboot will give you the pathways to the answers.
The new environment you are part of requires bolder moves. It may be this is the time to renew, transform, re-invent the way you do things. Time to reboot! But you need some tools. Amongst other things you need to identify those corporate taboos and ‘elephants in the room’ that prevent you from any serious advance.
We will give you those tools and will take you through this process. We help you build a new narrative for the team, for the organization, the Big Story about you that you want to hear months or years for now; and the small stories that you need in order to build the big one.
FAST DIAGNOSIS, FAST ALIGNMENT
This high intensity, accelerated intervention takes leadership teams of all levels through a process of discovery and identification of both stumbling blocks and enablers will be followed by a clear ‘so-what’ and an action plan. Contrary to how this may sound, when the entire management team participates, this is an incredibly fast process. But it is also an in depth one when using our tools which, amongst other things, shortcut weeks of discussions and pseudo-brainstorming. It results in alignment around a well crafted Game Plan that reflects where they see the organization/team/department in the short to medium term and a detailed commitment to action that can be tracked. You may or may not need us beyond that point in order to help you with the journey itself.
Format: in-person or virtual
Timing: 1 – 3 days depending on format
Audience: minimum 20 – maximum 40
Do you feel like you’re missing the time to reflect and make changes? Do you feel like your team has fallen into bad habits, ‘business’ is unproductive and no one takes ownership to change this?
In this short intervention we teach you and your team Critical Thinking Methods and Questions that will help you focus your time on the things that matter, make good and fair decisions and escape the dangers of human biases. We will also help you apply these methods to your everyday challenges in your organization.
You will learn about Strategy Acid tests and many Mind Fallacies, including various biases, and the practical Critical Thinking methods that you can use to address these.
Format: in-person or virtual
Timing: 2 days
Audience: minimum 10 – maximum 40
BIG IMPACT WITH SMALL CHANGES AT YOUR REACH. A PROCESS TO THINK THE UNTHINKABLE AND ACHIEVE THE UNEXPECTED. AND ALL COULD BE DONE TOMORROW.
MANAGEMENT HAS ITS OWN POSSIBLE DISRUPTIVE WAYS
In his 2008 book, Leandro Herrero defined Disruptive ideas as those which ‘provide management alternatives that, if spread, can completely transform the way the organization works without the need for a massive change management programme. Each of them in its own right has the potential to create significant change, but the compound benefit of a few of them is a real engine of change and business transformation. These Disruptive Ideas are simple, have a total disproportion between their simplicity and the significant impact in the life of organizations, can be implemented immediately, usually have zero cost or are cheap to implement, are most likely to be contrarian and counterintuitive, have some risk of being trivialised or dismissed and can spread virally very easily’ These Disruptive Ideas are like controlled injections of challenge to the default positions of organizations. Amongst other things they question ‘the ways things have always being done’.
A STRUCTURED WAY TO INJECT DISRUPTIVE MANAGEMENT INNOVATION
This programme is devised to challenge you, management team, functional team, division…) to adopt many ‘impossible changes’ and to use the process to build a critical and healthier team. A total of 30 ‘ideas’ are dissected by your team(s) and your team members learn to asses them on their own merits, imagining the impact for the organization. We will create a process of critical thinking around the various ideas and a mechanism to challenge assumptions about their positive or negative merits. The outcome is a small set of chosen ideas with the potential to create high impact immediately, and a clear plan of commitment and accountability. This is a crash immersion in management innovation and a powerful team building and renewal plan. You may or may not need us beyond the initial intervention in order to help implement the changes and track their impact.
Innovation via Behaviours
IT’S BEHAVIOURS! INNOVATION DOESN’T WORK UNLESS PEOPLE WANT TO INNOVATE AND, ACTUALLY, THEY DO SOMETHING: COLLABORATE, COOPERATE, GIVE INPUT, SHARE IDEAS.
INNOVATION IS BEHAVIOURAL
Many innovation programmes in organizations are based on processes, technology or both. The question seems to be how to generate new ideas, how to qualify them, how to declared them ‘winners’, how to implement them etc. The old suggestion box has been transformed into very sophisticated processes where technology facilitates idea generation and idea management. The more people can participate the better, the technology people say. In recent years new concepts such crowdsourcing have emphasised the power of the collective brain. If all brains could be asked and input, surely there will be no shortage of good ideas.
The trouble is that many of these innovation programmes which emphasise ‘the process of innovation’ and ‘the use of technology to participate’ ignore a precious component of the equation: behaviours. No size of collaborative software installed in everybody’s laptop can foster collaboration and innovation if the behaviours are not in the DNA of the organization.
UNCOVERING AND DEVELOPING YOUR BEHAVIOURAL DNA
InnovACTions is designed to create the behavioural conditions in which new processes, new systems and new technologies can be effective. In this chicken and egg, innovACTions says ‘start with behaviours’ before you use that colossal budget for the new ‘innovation software’. InnovACTions works at all levels of the organizations via a series of interventions both in the educational side and the behavioural change needed. We will devise for you a tailored programme to get those behaviours developed and embedded and will take you through the journey of establishing innovation and collaboration as part of new behavioural DNA. An then, your new technology (and there are many beautiful ones in the market which we could advise you to use) and your new ‘innovation process’ (and we may challenge the conventional wisdom of some ) will do wonders…