re:Mind Leadership Assessment: Managing the PARADOXES of Innovation

Paradox defined

About the re:Mind Paradox 360 Report

This report provides a snapshot of how others perceive your behaviors and how others assess your judgment about which behaviors to rely on when leading in different situations. Your feedback providers answered the assessment items using a 6-point response scale to indicate:

• Whether a specific item described your behavior (your “behaviors”) and

• Whether they found that behavior situationally appropriate (your “judgment”)

The report is also available as a self-assessment.

The Fundamental Paradox: Unleash and Harness Diversity of Thought

Innovation is rarely the result of an individual genius having an ‘aha’ moment. Instead, innovation is usually the result of the collaboration of individuals with diverse experiences and expertise, who are willing and able to experiment, iterate, and learn their way to an innovative solution. In fact, innovative teams mostly act as opposed to plan their way to solutions.


The Paradoxes of Innovation

Leading innovation requires that leaders act in what many experience as unaccustomed or uncomfortable ways. They must navigate six tensions—or paradoxes—inherent in creating the environment required for innovation.

The fundamental paradox at the heart of innovation is the need to unleash the talents of diverse individuals and, in the end, to harness those talents to come up with an innovative solution to a challenge or opportunity that the organization faces. Both processes are essential.

Unleashing is how new ideas and options get identified or created. Harnessing is how those ideas and options are leveraged and shaped into a useful solution.