Decades ago pioneering leadership researcher and author, Warren Bennis, declared, “The organizations of the future will increasingly depend on the creativity of their members to survive.”
The future is here. Disruptive innovation is destroying and creating whole new industries at a blistering pace. Before experts have finished declaring that something can’t be done or won’t be changed they’re abruptly cut off by someone doing it.
Like Steve Jobs; an innovative giant who restructured major industries in his shortened lifetime. Jobs explained, “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R & D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R & D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.”
Innovation clearly sets organizations apart. It’s key to inventing our future. But how do you cultivate innovation in leaders and teams?
To find out, Zenger Folkman conducted their own study. ZF began by collaborating with a highly respected organization in the telecommunications industry whose leaders scored well above average on most managerial competencies. ZF researchers interviewed each one, together with their boss, and a number of their direct reports and peers. ZF then combined the results of these group interviews with 360-degree feedback they had about these individuals.
The results were fascinating and gave us a list of behaviors that set this group apart as innovative leaders.
Watch this webinar now for a glimpse into what drives innovative behavior. The results of the research will be presented identifying the 10 distinctive behaviors that emerge for the most innovative leaders.
Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.
Chuck Close, artist