As a modern leader, you’ve banished control from your toolkit, so what are you left with? Your new job is to replace it with an environment that promotes innovation. A place that allows your teams to navigate a clear path toward a meaningful goal.

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Get it right and your teams will flourish. They’ll find flow: experimenting, failing, learning, discovering, making a breakthrough and releasing. Surfing the edge of chaos in a complex sea.

An innovative environment is built on 6 foundational elements. A place where people can be collaborative, responsible, experimental, value-focused, autonomous and transparent.


Creativity comes from the interplay of diverse viewpoints challenging and iterating with a focus on a common goal. Make the goal shared and meaningful, the rules clear and fair and wrap them with a physical space where people can come together.


People take responsibility when you let go of control. When you ask people to solve a pressing problem, your teams’ work becomes more meaningful and can take on a healthy intensity. Work together to set a shared goal with the team and let them decide how they want to achieve it. …


Tom Howlett

is creating something new (and running in the ⛰) @CheltenhamGeeks organiser.

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