Archive for December 2013

How You Think…for Innovation

An integral component of an organization’s innovative capability revolves around its cognitive style. Cognitive styles of leaders and teams influence, among other things, the process of attention. In other words, what kinds of knowledge, information and ideas are deemed to be relevant and vital to achieve effective action.

Connective Intelligence possesses deep expertise in a premier thinking skills system which assesses the cognitive styles of leaders and teams in organizations around the world. I have mentored with Jerry Rhodes over the last 18 years who developed what is known as the TIP (thinking-intentions profile). Connective Intelligence utilizes TIP and other thinking tools, under license, from Jerry Rhodes.

From an innovation perspective, Rhodes’ TIP has proven to be very helpful in building clarity around the thinking requirements at each phase of the innovation process, as well as mapping the cognitive (thinking) styles of innovators and innovation teams.

Thinking is a critical component of innovation. Assessing how you think and how your team thinks will make a significant difference in achieving effective innovation performance and results.

Dr. Brett Richards, Ph.D.

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The Doctor is in…

I successfully completed my Final Oral Review (FOR) today which means I have accomplished all of the requirements for my Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems.

I indicated in my last blog that I would introduce the INQ-I, which I developed as part of my doctoral studies. The INQ-I (Innovation Quotient Inventory) has proven to be internally reliable and structurally valid. It provided valuable insight to the four organizations that participated in my research investigation and, importantly, accurately represented their organizations innovative capability.

It consists of 8 factors, called Orientations, which influence an organization’s innovative potential. What is most interesting is that it actually provides a pulse of an organization’s overall ability to achieve intelligent action, and not just its innovative potential, per se.

It does this because the INQ-I is designed as a systems tool, which taps into elements that drive effectiveness within the whole organizational system. The INQ-I assesses key capacities that influence an organization’s ability to effectively respond and adapt to market and competitive complexity and change.

I’ll be talking a lot more about this exciting new empirical tool in future blogs and publications.

Yours truly,

Dr. Brett Richards, Ph.D.

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