You Know You've Arrived When...

You use your wife’s pie tin in an attempt to cure cancer.

Not literally, since we’re dealing with intangible management tools and techniques. But the spirit of Kanzius should be alive in how you view the world. Every social function, every political gathering, every hobby takes on new meaning as you explore how they ignite the passions and behaviors of individuals: how they get directed toward a common goal.

Leadership and management is not a matter of doing the physical work. If that were the case you would line up the work, make assignments, and quality check the results. Instead, in creative endeavors you’re looking to ignite the passions and creativity of your best people. You need them to catch the contagion of the common enterprise. Leadership means you’re deeply steeped in the daily activities of the enterprise, but you manage and lead men and women. There are historical examples, but there is no cookbook.

Leadership and management in large part becomes a search for new tools & techniques. You find yourself reading journals outside your home industry with the hope of uncovering a new insight on management of behaviors in creative endeavors. You scour art journals, inventor’s corners, anywhere having creativity, innovation or new thinking as its subject matter. You find yourself attracted to individuals who have taken the time to think about this topic. They are quite rare.

You find yourself constantly twisting everything you hear into ideas for improving productivity in Industrial R&D. We hear a story about how touching the merchandise makes buyers more likely to purchase the merchandise. How does this insight help us to improve R&D productivity? This mindset, jumping from novelty to its application in R&D, is what we seek in leaders and managers of R&D.

We don’t leave you hanging. In World Class R&D we build a shared infrastructure that constantly asks these questions: Organizational Behavior Management (OBM+). This is the topic for a future website front-page discussion, but OBM plans, sets-up and runs behavioral trials across Investible Units+. OBM analyzes which tools work and which don’t; and under which circumstances. There is a common repository of knowledge and experience upon which Investible Unit managers can draw. It’s part of our promise to take good managers and make them great.

We are never satisfied. There are no limits to human creativity. We constantly push individuals to even greater levels of productivity through our management, leadership and example. We always try new approaches. Needs change based on the ‘temperature’ of the endeavor, that is, on key behavioral moments+ and we are constantly on the lookout for new ways to track and adapt to these changes. You know you’ve arrived when your search for new tools and techniques becomes habitual (and contagious).

Home Page January 2011