Unpopular Ideas From Across the Ditch, Part 2: Cheat Codes for Innovation (and why they don’t work)

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This series is based on lessons learned from leading innovation in the New Zealand Army and New Zealand Defence Force. Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A is the famous Konami Code. When entered into various video games it triggers power-ups, such as invulnerability, making the game easier to win. It would […]

Part III: Leading a Culture of Innovation

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Often when the topic of creating a culture of innovation arises, the discussion seems to focus on running activities such as “hack-a-thons”, “start-up weekends” or innovation training. While these may be useful tools to enhance an existing culture, they are less helpful in engendering an organic tradition of innovation at ground level. Rather, they are more […]

Part II: Leading Innovation

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There is a profound difference between being an ‘innovative leader’ and being a ‘leader of innovation’. Whereas an innovative leader will drive the development of their own ideas, a leader of innovation will tap into their team’s collective knowledge to generate change. It is important to note, however, that the two are not mutually exclusive: […]

The Perils of Centralising Defence Innovation (and how to overcome them)

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As innovation gains momentum throughout defense forces, a common theme seems to be emerging. Militaries, in particular Western ones, are increasingly seeking to centralise their dispersed innovation cells into single innovation ‘hubs’ in order to better coordinate and deliver innovation to the whole organisation. This centralised approach allows for better engagement with both academia and […]

Future Thinking – Crowdsourcing for Defence

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Innovation has always been a factor of military thinking to one degree or another, however in recent years it has been gathering momentum again. With increasingly complex operational environments, commanders are becoming more aware of the importance of innovative thinking. Military thinkers are looking to the commercial sector to see what principles and practices could […]