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Circle Gatekeepers to Launch Innovations

Posted Feb 14 2010 3:47pm

For years I sought pathways past gate-keepers in order to introduce and develop shared innovations.

Brain based renewal innovations for leaders and learners rarely make it through routine portals. Been there?

To prance past wardens of yesteryeartakes teaming up with intelligent innovators of tomorrow.

Pacesetters with courage to take risks – first must sidestep doors held shut by porters of the past. If your innovation has been barred behind sentients or cynicsyou’ll especially enjoy the adventures of brainpower beyond the barriers.

It’s rarely easy to pioneer innovation in the best conditionsand near impossible to reconfigure tired traditions that able gate-keepers guard. In spite of  tactics proven to reboot brainpower and add innovationprotectors of old turf tend to prevent growth as tenaciously as viruses prevent health. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Move your organization beyond dyed-in-wool

custodians of past ruts -

Reboot brainpower for future expansion!

1). Rename new programs so they no longer resemble older models fiercely protected by a few dated workerswho hightail it from change like mice  run from cats. That way no red flags rise with those who insist on traditions and refuse renewal. Tried to update an innovative development course but cannot get it past an HR committee? Create insteadsmart skill modules for reconfigured practices at work. Then require evidence of these updated skills by all workers who seek promotions.

2). Team with innovation investors from several departments.  Create a wider vision for a multi-faceted project made to prosper a new era at work. Gate-keepers find less support to block inventions that propose new practices across differences. Representation across multiple intelligences can catapult cultures and communities over walls that previously blocked growth in any one culture alone.  Ruts and routines are learned behavior and create neuron pathways in the human brain for more exclusion. Develop  keen inventions across wider groupsracesgenders and agesso that all  speak and feel heard at at every stage. Create alliances that pull thoughtful people together from every population groupand expect flawed systems to shrink significantly under the intellectual force that results.

3. Start where you stand nowrather than wait for resources to pour in from a shrinking public purse. You’ve likely noticed that gatekeepers tend to tighten purse strings rather than fund innovations. Use social media groups to gather insights and enlist resources from people with vested interest in changes for mutual benefits. The human brain comes with ready-to-start equipment to build and sustain inclusive cultures. Cultures where innovation,  design and the human brainlead to profitability for all.

4. Refuse intimidation by gatekeeperswho prevent progress because of  amygdala related problems such as jealousy. How then do you rev up mental power to succeed when gatekeepers intimidate and bully? One innovative leader Dave Caiazzasaid it best.

Work against the dangerous twins of jealousy and hypocrisy. They come disguised as concernshrouded in statisticsand hidden behind a smile. When you’re good at somethingthere will always be someone who wants to undo you. Don’t let them.

Fortunatelya new reality is emerging where innovators circle their  gatekeepers,  inspire others past gridlocks,  and circumvent old stomping grounds. What could your workplace achieve beyond  gatekeeper barricades?

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