Innovation coaching to effect transformation

The business playing field has changed and will keep on changing, in ways that we cannot yet imagine. Uncertainty and instability are the key drivers of the business game, and our coaching clients are challenged by a diverse range of wicked, societal, business and people problems, none of which are going away. This means that the future will be very different to what it is today, and we can support and enable leaders in organizations to master and flourish in the playing fields of the future through innovation coaching.

What is the coaching opportunity?

As executive and business coaches, we have a unique opportunity to empower them to maximize these trends and problems as creative opportunities for innovation today.We can achieve this by enabling them to develop a strategic and systemic way of embracing business and innovation agility.  To shift their often conventional and traditional ways of leading, managing and doing things and co-create new ways of leading that result in profound change that create the REAL results that people want

“We collectively create results that nobody wants because decision-makers are increasingly disconnected from the people affected by their decisions. As a consequence, we are hitting the limits to leadership- that is, the limits to traditional top-down leadership that works through the mechanisms of institutional silos.” 

What is business enterprise agility?

Business enterprise agility is the “ability of a business system to rapidly respond to change by adapting its initial stable configuration”. Business agility can be maintained by maintaining and adapting goods and services to meet customer demands, adjusting to the changes in a business environment and taking advantage of human resources.

It is the ability of an organization to rapidly adapt to market and environmental changes in productive and cost-effective ways. An agile enterprise uses the key principles of complex adaptive systems and complexity science to achieve success.

Some of our clients are keenly aware of the need for Speed and Simplicity, and Low Cost, High Value Agile Solutions to their key challenges and problems. As business and executive coaches, we just don’t always have the time to go deeply into the theory behind complex adaptive systems, complexity science and the multiple intelligence’s debate.

However, many of us are already powerful, knowledgeable in our various modalities and effective in knowing how to contextualize these notions for our clients and enhance their ability to apply them. We can improve and extend our capability through innovation coaching.

What is innovation?

At ImagineNation™ we acknowledge that innovation is about creating “changes that add value” and involves knowing how to see, respond & solve problems in creative ways that people value & cherish!

What is business enterprise innovation?

Business enterprise innovation involves making changes that add value in terms of either revenue growth or increased operational efficiency. It may involve the creation of new products and services that deliver value to customers, in a manner that is supported by a sustainable and profitable business model.

How does business enterprise innovation merge with agility?

“Isn’t there a way to break the patterns of the past and tune into our highest future possibility—and to begin to operate from that place?” 

Innovation results as a COLLISION between different perspectives and to break habitual thought patterns and result in an explosion of creativity that leads to innovative ideas and solutions!

The key collision being between “necessity” because necessity is the mother of all invention and innovation and highest “possibility” thought patterns.

This creates the “why” for being innovative and the power of this intrinsic motivation can then be defined as the passionate purpose for innovation.  Without a clear, compelling and courageous “why” and passionate purpose for innovation, people will seldom leave their comfort zones to be, think and do things differently, which is what innovation requires to be successful and sustainable.

“Agility as the ability to make an intentional shift in order to be effective in changing contexts” and that “every person in every organization will experience the need to respond to the unexpected and unplanned in big and small ways, and will have a choice whether or not to make their own agility shift

Agility merges with innovation when we apply the collision “both” as a way of intentionally shifting our way of being thinking and doing “and” taking a strategic, systemic and end to end approach to discovering, designing and delivering the change or innovation strategy.

Where people;

  • Quickly embrace, respond, adapt to, and safely deal effectively with change,
  • Self regulate their complacency and unconscious resistances to change.
  • Feel confident and empowered to take smart and courageous risks.
  • Permit, encourage and enable people to rock the ‘business as usual’ boat and safely disrupt their comfort zones.
  • Collaborate and connect, are curious and inquisitive and generatively see, respond to and solve problems.
  • Create an energetic environment that cultivates their purposefulness, creativity and wellness.

This is encapsulated by what Bart Schlatmann, former COO, of ING Netherlands said to Mc Kinsey:  “Being agile is not just about changing the IT department or any other function on its own. The key has been adhering to the “end-to-end principle” and working in multidisciplinary teams, or squads, that comprise a mix of marketing specialists, product and commercial specialists, user-experience designers, data analysts, and IT engineers—all focused on solving the client’s needs and united by a common definition of success. This model was inspired by what we saw at various technology companies, which we then adapted to our own business”.

How does this benefit organisations?

  • Accelerates the innovation process.
  • Reduces the resistance factors and risks inherent in change and innovation.
  • Engages, empowers and enables the entire organization & broader ecosystem in the innovation effort.
  • Build long term business value, growth and sustainability.

Who is an innovation coach?

A coach for innovation agility is someone who knows how to be present to, see, and respond to (complex adaptive systems), the unexpected and the unplanned (complexity). Who is able to shift their way of being, thinking and doing (applying multiple intelligences) to emerge possibilities, opportunities and solve problems generatively by demonstrating;

  1. Agility competenceinvolves cultivating the mindsets, behaviours and generative skills necessary to respond to the unexpected and unplanned. As well as being safely disruptive in the discovery and design phases of innovation to generate new developments and innovative breakthroughs from emerging trends.
  2. Agility capacity is about cultivating the emotional, visceral & cognitive abilities to flow and flourish with uncertainty and volatility.
  3. Agility confidenceis about cultivating the determination, resilience and self efficacy to trust their own, and others’ judgments, competence and capacity to be effective in changing contexts and stay in the business game.

A coach for innovation agility is someone who contributes the best of oneself, and generates the best from others, by being able to listen from the whole, for the good of the whole – as a coach in the context of innovation and entrepreneurship! 

What is the highest possibility for you?

At the heart of every successful coaching intervention is the willingness of the coach to courageously and compassionately step outside of our comfort zones and hit the issue in safe powerful authentically powerful ways. When we are able to connect with the other person, and create a collective holding space, in deep and meaningful ways, often to effect profound change and transformation. Coaching for innovation agility is a key lever for effecting this, because, as Otto Scharmer says: “This is the moment when what we need most is enough people with the skill, heart, and wisdom to help us pull ourselves back from the edge of breakdown and onto a different path.” 

ImagineNation is supporting ICF Victoria during International Coaching Week by presenting an interactive webinar on innovation coaching; Where we have a big month coming up at ICF Victoria and we hope that you will be part of the range of activities we have planned for you. Be part of the movement to advance the art, science and practice of professional coaching so that together we build a better world for ourselves, our clients and the community in which we live and work. International Coaching Week 2017 (ICW 2017) – 15-21 May – Click here to see all the exciting activities we have planned for you ranging from webinars to an afternoon showcasing coaching to a day excursion to experience the power of coaching with horses.

At ImagineNation™ we provide innovation coaching, education and culture consulting to help businesses achieve their innovation goals. Because we have done most of the learning and actioning of new hybrid mindsets, behaviours and skill-sets already, we can help your businesses also do this by opening people up to their innovation potential.

Contact us now at to find out how we can partner with you to learn, adapt and grow your business in the digital age.