Leadership Solutions from Read Solutions Group: Organizational competencies for innovation

Monday, May 17, 2010

Organizational competencies for innovation

Tune into the 6-week series of blog postings on the Imagining the Future of Leadership at HBR.

In the posting Leading from Behind, I was intrigued with this paragraph ...
Second, leaders must build the organizational capabilities necessary for engaging in the innovation process. The three essential organizational capabilities are: creative abrasion (the ability to generate ideas through intellectual discourse and debate); creative agility (the ability to test and refine ideas through quick pursuit); and creative resolution (the ability to make decisions in an integrative manner).
I often talk, write, coach and teach about conflict competence - the ability to engage in conflict in a way to generate creative solutions, and minimizes the emotional components of conflict. That said, I love the further refinement offered by Linda Hill; by breaking this down in the space of abrasion, agility and resolution - she offers further insights around the process associated with conflict competence.

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