How to get an innovative mindset

To keep existing in a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) and be a modern organization, it’s necessary for your organization to innovate. This Learning Path will guide you through why it’s important to innovate, how to get the innovative mindset and how to incorporate everyday innovation in your organization. If you are interested in driving experimentations using speedboats as a tool, we’ll recommend you going through our Learning Path on this as well. At the end of this Learning Path you’ll find recommendations of books as further reading.

After finalizing this Learning Path you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the innovative mindset and how to get there.
  • Have a concrete idea on how to drive an innovative approach to products, processes and leadership.
  • Use tools to drive innovation forward through both running, growing and transforming the business.

Part 1: Why be innovative and where to start?

Part 1: Why be innovative and where to start?

It can be difficult to know, where and how to start becoming more innovative. Firstly, we recommend you listen to this podcast episode about why it’s important to be innovative and how to start. The podcast is in Danish.

 

Part 2: Who should be responsible for innovation in your organization?

Part 2: Who should be responsible for innovation in your organization?

In this blog post, you’ll get an understanding of why it is important to focus on innovation both from the top and from the bottom – and the roles of both parties.  

 

Part 3: How to get an innovative mindset

Part 3: How to get an innovative mindset

Now you got the basics – but how to get the organization to follow? By listening to this podcast, you will learn about the difference between everyday innovation and radical innovation. You also learn how to practice getting an innovative mindset, and involve everybody in the organization to be innovative on daily basis. The podcast is in Danish. 

 

Part 4: Map your innovation spectrum

Part 4: Map your innovation spectrum

Mapping your business activities in an innovation matrix can help you understand how innovation takes place in your organization, and balance the investment between running, growing, and transforming your business.  

In this blog post, you will get an understanding of how the matrix can be used as a way to create an innovative mindset, finding the suitable leadership style as well as creating an innovative environment and culture to nudge innovation. 

 

Download the Innovation Matrix as a tool for you to use driving innovation.

 

Quiz: How to get an innovative mindset

Quiz: How to get an innovative mindset

Now you’ve been through the Learning Path, but you’re not finished yet. After answering the quiz you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the innovative mindset and how to get there.
  • Have a concrete idea on how to drive an experimental approach to products, processes and leadership.
  • Use tools to drive innovation forward through both running, growing and transforming the business.

Finalize this Learning Path by taking this quiz:

 

Book recommendations

Do you want to read more? Feel free to explore the Bloch&Østergaard-web, or dig into these great books: 

Jim Hagemann Snabe and Mikael Trolle: ”Dreams and Details”​
Astrid Haug: ”Fremtiden tilhører de frygtløse” ​
Eric Ries: ”The Lean Start-up” and ”The Startup Way”​
Alexander Osterwalder: ”Business Model Generation”​
Phillip Rosenzweig: ”The Halo Effect”​

We created this Learning Path with the most basic and relevant things on innovation, but if want to learn more on this topic, we recommend you dive into our content collection. You can also try another Learning Path to broaden your horizon. 

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