Last week, Amy Posey, Matt McFadyen, and Sonia Sawhney worked with a team of learning developers on Innovation, Creativity, and Building Resilience to drive new ideas.
The team explored the neuroscience of how new ideas or insights form in our brains, as well as the environmental conditions needed to do that more frequently. One of the key elements of generating new designs is to dive a little deeper into an audience’s perspective, which we did through creating empathy maps for some specific audiences the team was developing new programs for.
We then shared some stories of our own team’s innovation–why we decided to travel to the Okavango Delta to innovate a leadership development program. We used the metaphor of the alluvial fan, which, like the Okavango, has a narrow panhandle and fans out into a wide and spacious Delta. Similarly to how our mind works in innovation, we tend to be narrowly focused, using only what’s near and familiar to us to come up with new ideas. The need is to open our minds to different domains and fan out–get inspired by exposure to different functions, domains and ideas.
The team then walked through the Peak Teams Resilience model, which reinforces how to build resilience and provides practical tips and techniques. Often, those who are most creative in an organization need full stores of resilience to push forward new ideas when everyone says “no!”
Finally, we put our creative thinking skills to use by exercising creativity through drawing, poems, and a walk outside. Quite a way to conclude a day devoted to sparking a continued creative spirit with the team!