Using experiential exercises, we introduce 4 tools to address a challenge in OD practice: how to quickly boost a group’s readiness to engage in innovation. As with baseball’s spring training, we design a pre-season where the group facing innovation strengthens essential capabilities before stepping to the plate. Groups need practice to produce innovation well. You experience and discuss four engaging, outcome-focused exercises (four Corners, Analogies, Sit-Role Play, and Photo Images). These highlight essential competencies for innovative thinking: engaging emotional energy and empathy, ensuring an equal voice in the dialogue, building agility to hold multiple truths, and strengthening readiness to use a systems perspective. These tools aren’t ice-breakers or post-lunch wake-ups. Based on our own practice experience, each activity builds the repertoire for creating a shift in the group through engagement in intentional practices. What portfolio of innovation-readiness activities are you inspired to create as an outcome of this session?
Presented by: Katherine Farquhar, PhD, ACC, Principal, Farquhar Change Associates, LLC — USA & Kimberly Rattley, MSW, President, Creative Synergy Solutions, Inc. — USA