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The Rainforest Scorecard: A Practical Framework for Growing Innovation Potential Paperback – January 25, 2015
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It should also be noted that the authors have made their work freely available and invite collaboration and conversation going forward. Readers and users will contribute to and benefit from future versions of the assessment tool that are likely to emerge from this collaboration.
Growing innovation potential is hard work. For any team or group seriously committed to doing so, this is a great book. It is likely to frustrate anyone looking for easy answers or prescriptive solutions.
However, it does not try to give the reader a conceptual foundation or basic level of education on organizational concepts. It expects the reader to have the motivation and understanding to be able to view an organization, particularly his or her own organization, through an impartial and critical lens. If you want a tool to evaluate your organization’s capacity to innovate for the purpose of facilitating a real dialogue within your organization, I highly recommend the Rainforest Scorecard. I will be applying it to my own.
So far, the 21st Century owns much to innovation. Individuals, companies, municipalities and even countries are in hot pursuit of innovation to win the day. How do individuals and groups succeed to create a culture of innovation (Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv) and why do others fail?
The Rainforest Scorecard interrogates the often overlooked elements of thriving innovation centers (The Rainforest), and compels the reader to contemplate and consider current state, first. My favorite two questions in the short form scorecard - Who are the organization's leaders? (List as many as you can) and more, Why are they leaders? (Be specific).
Have you ever done this before? How profound!
My guess is that the mere process of proceeding with a rigorous interrogation with this Scorecard will help us all discover for ourselves, finally, that the soft things seldom considered are - in The Rainforest,- the hard things!
I come from a measurement background in my professional life; hence the interests in quantification of innovation capacity as well as the Galileo quote. I found the scorecard a very honest and healthy prototype for developing conversations around innovation with nods to ideas such as uncertainty (understood mathematically) and perception (not so mathematical). Relative, incremental improvement is the definition of innovation, and the authors have developed an excellent framework for creating a baseline. In essence, this text shows the reader (more aptly, the participant) a blank wall, and hands them a pencil. The first challenge: Track growth. The next challenge: Think.
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This book is a great guide to developing the hardware and software of organizational innovation. It touches all the bases in a concise and elegant way that's easy to apply because... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stubird
Instruments that allow us to measure and observe changes in the way innovation ecosystems are created and flourish require a deep understanding of the complex interactions which... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Thomas Guevara
Great read. I valued the insights about deploying pragmatic strategies to develop the innovation potential of an organization. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Richard A Beyer
A must read for anyone who is serious about innovation theoryPublished 18 months ago by William A branch