Sunday, 22 July 2018

Disruption, Creativity: Innovate 2 flourish

Future focussed progress is reliant on innovation.
To engage in deep innovation for success: Open your minds, listen with your hearts and
STRETCH your learning. What action will you take ? What deep innovation will you make ?

Active participation and deep reflection stimulated by the Edward's and Martin Delivering Innovation Conference (June, 2018) led to the creation of a video. The personal challenge was to succinctly capture two full days of powerful learning in a three minute animated video to share with others.

Here is the way the video evolved:
1. Reading through my own notes, the slides from the conference and collaborative notes shared  from colleagues, led to the scribbling of key words, ideas and images in the pages of a large sketch book.
A sample of the collation of ideas for the video

2. Three strong links to my 2014 sabbatical report and 2014 sabbatical video became apparent. Themes of trust, using the expertise within the group and moving out of our comfort zones, were mental models that were
revisited in the new video. The images were adapted and refined to reflect my new learning in relation to innovation.
Images from the 2014 video were revisited and refined for the innovation video
3. I proceeded to replicate and refine the text I developed for some of the original video images such as the heart, the world globe and the ripple waves. I also included new images such as those from the presentation and others to carefully align with the innovation theme.

Work began playing with images on the videoscribe

4. I began writing a script for the narration. The script was refined several times to ensure it succinctly captured the essence of key learning within the three minute time frame. Iteration after iteration was made to carefully match with the images and the online creation of the sketches in real time.
Iteration after iteration of script to capture the key messages

5. The voiceover took several attempts and although not perfect, there comes a time where one runs out of time and simply has to finish !

Here is the final narration script for the video to engage in deep innovation for success:
To engage others in deep learning we must move out of our comfort zones and personally experience the passion, energy, excitement and creativity of learning (Hawkins, 2014. This is an outcome of the research I carried out,  during my principal sabbatical. You can read the full report here).
You can access the original video at this link
How do we engage in deep innovation for success ?
Kim and Mauborne (2015) refer to non - disruptive creation. This is as important as disruption for successful outcomes. Such disruption motivated and inspired the creation of this new video
It is an outcome of actively participating in the Edward's and Martin Delivering Innovation Conference (2018).
The focus of the conference was the powerful Innovation Model designed by Edwards and Witten-Hannah. This model has a proven record of delivering significant results in business, sporting and educational institutions.
Edwards and Witten-Hannah Innovation Model
Refining three key mental models for engagement in learning (Hawkins 2014), has led to a deeper understanding of the Model of Innovation.
A culture that genuinely fosters trust is vital. Relatedness connects the hearts and minds of the group and drives purpose and shared ownership.
Ownership is strengthened when the skills and expertise of the group are valued and celebrated. This leads to long - term gains and sustainable outcomes.
Thirdly, the Dreyfus model of skill acquisition (1980) progresses from novice to expert. The competence level often becomes the comfort zone. Stretching and challenging learning to the proficient and expert level is necessary to truly engage in deep innovation for success.
How can success be sustained ?
The Edwards and Martin Schools That Deliver Network (2016) is authentic innovation in action.
This book published in 2016, is based on years of research in practise
Every voice contributes to a contextual vision and core values.
Research teams spend months in the action learning phase, gathering specific data and reflecting on ongoing iterations to bring the vision to life.
Innovating means operating at the high performance level.
This can happen when we:
Shift from talking to active listening.
Hold weekly cadence sessions.
Encourage peers to strongly challenge thinking and openly share progress.
One to one interviews are more valuable than surveys.
Embrace the learning pit. It is the only place to stretch learning.
Allow quality time to practise, research and refine ideas.
Future focussed progress is reliant on innovation.
To engage in deep innovation for success:

What action will I take ?
Create a video. Share this video. Spread the message.
Listen with my heart to others. In particular listen to our learners, staff and parents. 
Use one to one conversations to gather feedback instead of written and online surveys. 
What deep innovation will I make ?
It is evolving. 
It will be collaborative in relation to our vision moving forward. 
It will move us from competent to highly proficient to recognised experts 
within our community and beyond.

What about you ? 

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