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Steffen Konrath

I would like to refer to Jack Hipple talking about the "people side".

Two years ago I started IM-BOOT as a portal with focus on creative people or the people behind ideas. Many authors share the same opinion and emphasize the "people side", some go even further and say: that the next basis innovation in accordance to the K-waves theory will be interpersonal communication. We have the systems to communicate and exchange information within milliseconds, but we still lack the understanding of each other. I strongly believe that we need transnational thinking in order to cope with future challenges. Fons Trompenaars is renowned expert for cross-cultural business. He talks about the 3 R's: recogition, respect and reconsiliation. I think he's true. In the future we will need to understand the specilities of our opposite (from the same or other cultures), we need to respect the diversity, as the diversity of oppinions is truely needed and we need to find ways to reconsile the dilemma of this sometimes more or less obvious divergent thinking or acting styles. The future also of innovation and innovation styles will be influenced in the way we will interact, we talk to each other, we communicate and less which systems we use.

Jack Hipple

We are in the second surge of innovation, following the previous surge of interest in the 1982-1992 time frame. If you remember, large amounts of money were spent on new business activities, acquisitions, etc. trying to get large companies out of long term low growth projections. Innovation champions were chosen to lead these activities with mixed success and ten years later, they had all retired or started consulting companies. We learned that several basic things that, in this current round of excitement, we lest not forget. We have published this study 3 times and presented it 3 times, and it seems no one is listening to the historical facts.

First, all functions within an organization must be involved or the entire effort is doomed. Second, the effort must be a long standing one to have any credibiity. If it does not, many ideas will never surface for fear of going down with the idea. Thirdly, the different people styles inherently attracted to these activities ("N" Myers Briggs people", high KAI Kirton people, must learn to deal with the inherent differences between themselves and the "STJ", adoptive KAI environment around them. It would also be helpful if this understganding went both ways.

I have been to so many innovation conferences in the past year where so little of this basic understanding is displayed. The conversations is all about stage gate, bottom line, etc. These are important, but will never happen with efficiency without full condiseration of the people side

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