Innovation Champions Group

A couple of weeks ago we asked how do innovators behave? We received some good responses and some suggested reading material, but we’re keen to hear from more people, so we thought we’d look at this from a different angle.How should innovators not behave? How do leaders who inhibit innovation behave?If you want people to support something, it’s important to focus on the positive behaviours that you want to see, not those that detract or inhibit.However, if we want to articulate just what those...
Do you ever ask yourself – am I behaving in a way that will help others try new things, to propose new ideas?It’s easy to talk about innovation. It’s also (sometimes) easy to write about innovation. It’s sometimes easy to think that it’s other people that are holding innovation back. It’s also sometimes easy to think that if you just had the chance, if you just had the time or the space, that it would be easier to be innovative.But innovation is about people – whether it’s about getting support...
At our third meeting as the Innovation Champions Group, we had two presentations from staff involved with introducing new approaches, to help share what’s being done, and to learn from real-world experiences of applied innovation.Clive Rossiter, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, presented on the Single Business Service programme which is about streamlining and simplifying access to information and advice for businesses.Clive shared how his team has used a mixture of methodologies...
How many public servants does it take to change the way we work?We don’t know yet but over 65 people at our discovery kick-off was a mighty good start!Who am I?Hello everyone.My name is Nikki Smith. I’m a designer at the Department of Human Services – and I think you’ll be seeing a lot more of me around these parts. Why is that you ask? Well, I’m one of the designers working on the APS Design-Thinking Mentoring Programme (don’t worry, agenda item one is ‘come up with a simpler name’). At the...
What are the behaviours that identify an innovator? What are the behaviours that demonstrate that a leader is supportive/expectant of innovation from others?As our Deputy Secretary David Hazlehurst recently blogged, one of the tasks the Innovation Champions have given themselves is to identify some of the essential behaviours that support innovation. These behaviours will help guide the Champions in their work to support and embed innovation within each of their organisations.An example of a...
Can government – can the public service – really be a leader in innovation?Two recent developments suggest we can be: First, under the National Innovation and Science Agenda there is an explicit pledge that government will be leading by example Second, we have published a ‘Snapshot’ of innovation (PDF 3.3MB, html) across the Australian Public Service (APS) which demonstrates how the APS is exploring, testing and trying new ways of doing things.National Innovation and Science Agenda – Government...
How do we make our work on innovation real? How do we ensure that innovation is, and is seen as, part of core business, rather than as decoration (‘tinsel’) or just discussion (waffle)?This challenge was at the heart of the second meeting of the recently established Innovation Champions Group.We discussed: Innovation focussing on solving specific business problems The connections between reducing red tape and innovation Highlighting case studies and sharing examples of what’s already being done...
At the fourth meeting of the Innovation Champions Group we agreed on an ‘alpha’ version of innovation behaviours for innovators and those leading innovation.I believe that identifying these behaviours is important if we are to make innovation an expected part of how we do business. We each need to ensure that we act in a way that helps us all explore better ways of doing things. In keeping with the spirit of the behaviours, we have released these as an alpha version in case there are...
The last Innovation Champions Group meeting for 2016 was hosted in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s recently launched innovation lab BizLab.We opened with a discussion on the journey of the group over the past year. While the group is an excellent information sharing opportunity and has delivered resources such as the Innovation Behaviours (also used in the DIIS Innovation Strategy) the Design Mentors Programme and the Crowdsourcing Policy Project now we are...
When you discuss innovation in the public sector in Canberra, there’s a recurrent topic that comes up quite a lot – permission.Whether it be those who are unsure of whether something is allowed, or those who advise “Seek forgiveness, not permission”, there’s a lot of discussion around the level of appetite for innovation from senior leadership and whether there’s really support for doing things differently.Recently the Secretaries Board agreed to the establishment of a high level Innovation...