I have been an admirer of Hargraves Institute for almost 8 years now, from a member perspective. Hargraves’ ethos of sharing and collaborating to solve problems, is what every organisation needs, whether small or large, public or private, conventional or new.
Hargraves has continued to reinvent its innovation offering since its inception. It still brings members and SME’s together to share innovative tools, leading insights and creative thinking with a global lens. Hargraves’ ability to transition and remain relevant as innovation thought leaders is due to their infectious energy, mindset and the environment they create to nurture and unlock the new and different.
So how does one transition?
In the past 12 months, I have transitioned from the corporate world I’ve known for 30 years to a more flexible ‘next chapter’ in my career. This transition has immersed me in reviewing what is important and what to prioritise. This is not unlike the transition that many businesses undertake when they adjust their strategic direction, when they want to drive more innovation, or change their culture. While such a change can be daunting, I am always inspired and excited about immersing myself in something new, and shaping the future using some of what I’ve learned while remaining open to new to diverse thinking outside my traditional environment.
What are the critical components that make transition successful?
- Culture – an enabler to successfully transition. Innovation relies on a collective set of attitudes, values and behaviours which characterise and shape future outcomes.
- Mindset –a “growth” mindset is essential. It requires resilience and an openness to explore new learnings, see potential and develop new skills. It is important to not remain anchored in just the beliefs and attitudes that we have develop based on years of experience.
- Environment – the surroundings in which we operate play a major role in our ability to perform, adapt and think creatively.
Transition or get left behind
What drives me now is no different to my time in a corporate organisation. The desire to make a difference while continuing to adapt to the ever-changing environment we choose or find ourselves immersed in.
My experience still tells me that environment and culture are both key cornerstones to innovation success, and leaving the door open to new and creative thinking from those who are curious will continue to drive outcomes that you may not have anticipated at the onset.
Hargraves is skilled at helping organisations transition. Just like the butterfly – transitioning from a cocoon to a butterfly ready to spread its’ wings. Reinforcing what’s possible and what’s necessary to succeed.
Transition can result in something beautiful.
Written by Sanda Loader, Member Advocate, Victoria