The Jazz of Innovation
To jazz up your
ability to innovate, turn to jazz – create a clear guiding
structure, establish creative chaos environment
within this structure to liberate people and trigger
accidental discoveries, and encourage
creativity and improvisation.
improvisation-driven model for innovation project
management doesn’t discard structure, just as there
is a clear structure to good jazz. In
this structure is created through roadmaps, guiding
principles and systems...
Loose-tight leadership is about leading an
innovation team and managing the
idea generation and
At any point in an
innovation process, team leaders need to exercise the loose-tight
approach – manage both the expansion of thoughts that gives rise to
potentially creative alternatives and the homing of a viable option.
leadership alternates the creation of space for idea generation with
a deliberate tightening that selects and tests specific ideas for
Looseness usually dominates the early stages of the innovation
process; in the later stages, tightening becomes more important to
scrutinize the concepts and bring the selected ones to the market.
balanced approach is essential to
loose-tight leadership. Those who remain loose too long generate
plenty of ideas but have difficulty commercializing them. Those who
lock into the tight mode choke off all but most obvious ideas, thus
incremental line extensions of existing products that add little