What is someone supposed to do with the information gained from IM?
Everything the Innovator Mindset® instrument (IMi) measures is dynamic and discretionary. IMi provides feedback on what roles a person is likely to assume within a group, what strengths their mindset represents and what risks it poses. The IM reports and accompanying guide offer suggested strategies to enhance someone’s innovativeness, as an individual, as a team member, and as a leader. The result is better decision making and problem solving, less bias and better insights, and a greater likelihood of creating exceptional value in any context.
Does IM categorize people?
No, Innovator Mindset® categorizes mental models, not people. IM’s primary objective is to enhance personal development. Putting a label on someone (as many traditional assessments do) makes change more difficult. That’s because what we see about ourselves and what others see in us is shaped in part by that label. A large body of research demonstrates that such labels tend to become self-fulfilling, limiting personal growth.
Who is a good candidate for IM?
While anyone can benefit from taking and applying Innovator Mindset®, it has its greatest value for highly motivated individuals who are actively seeking to improve themselves and increase the value they provide, and for organizations who want to attract, encourage and invest in those promising individuals.
How do teams use IM?
Team members gain some shared insights and the vocabulary to talk about them. That understanding enables the team to enhance group collaboration, communication and decision making, while reducing conflicts accelerating change and building an innovation friendly culture. Just the awareness of the team’s dominant mindset and understanding its influence can enhance a team’s effectiveness.
How does IM impact leadership?
Innovator Mindset® provides an excellent foundation for developing a highly effective leadership style, one that leverages influence and engagement rather than relying on command and control. A style that encourages creativity, adaptability, accountability and resourcefulness—the same innovation friendly mindset and behaviors that IM helps individuals cultivate in themselves.