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The Jazz of Innovation

Improvisation within a Guiding Structure



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The Tao of the Jazz of Innovation

  1. YIN (passive, accepting side). Honor the structure: align creative activities with strategic direction, roadmaps, guiding principles, and organizational charts that provide both the structure and the basis for creative insights.

  2. YANG (active, aggressive side). Embrace creative chaos: practice hands-off management, create cross-functional innovation teams, cross-pollinate, experiment, allow the freedom to fail and try again.


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The Jazz of Innovation

To jazz up your ability to innovate, turn to jazz create a clear guiding structure, establish a creative chaos environment within this structure to liberate people and trigger accidental discoveries, and encourage improvisation.

The structure, as chords do in jazz, serves as a basis for improvisation, experimentations, discoveries and innovation.

Jazz of Innovation: 11 Practice Tips

 Case in Point  Silicon Valley

In Silicon Valley, companies challenge the status quo and encourage creative out-of-the-box thinking mixed with pragmatic business judgment... More

Innovation-friendly Organization

The "Inherent Sloppiness" of Innovation

Tom Peters8 researched many innovative companies and had been impressed in his researches by the "inherent sloppiness" of innovation. The "messy world", or the "creative chaos environment", is its "given precondition". The necessary solution has three parts, each one leading on to the next:

  1. Experimentation

  2. Champions

  3. Decentralized bands.

Management's task is to generate the right climate for creativity, experimentation, and individualism. This climate requires managers to take advantage of that "inherent sloppiness" of innovation swimming upstream against the innovation myths.

Inspiring Culture: 5 Elements

 Case in Point  Aetna Insurance

Many corporations are now working with the arts community.

Aetna Insurance brought in jazz bassist Michael Gold and his ensemble to teach improvisation. The theory is that kind reactive thinking can help employees handle competition and conflict.

  Inspiring People: 4 Strategies

Find the Right Balance

It is is important to find the right balance between structure and chaos. You need a certain amount of chaos to be creative but not to the point that you feel overwhelmed by its amount. Too much uncertainty discourages people from mobilizing their best effort. Direction, purpose, and the right amount of structure create freedom. People feel liberated by goals and guidelines.

 Case in Point  BP

Finding an Equilibrium Between Chaos and Order

To evolve BP into an adaptive organization, one that would be better able to survive and prosper in today's uncertain and turbulent times,

John Browne decided to raise the creative tension. He established the preconditions necessary for creating such tension and deliberately moved the organization to a situation that was at the edge of chaos. That is, the point at which a natural equilibrium is found between chaos and order, comparable to the conditions in the evolving natural world... More