Experimentation: innovation has to work in the real world

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James Cumming
James Cumming
Posted On10th December 2020
Posted On10th December 2020
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Our latest featured blog is a series of videos from Gavin Russell, with his tips on how HR practitioners can improve their ability to be innovative. With over 20 years in talent transformation, Gavin has helped businesses ranging from small start-ups to multinational corporations rapidly evolve their approach to talent.

He has led major talent change programmes at Skype, Microsoft, Foxtel and DTZ and is the author of ‘Transformation Timebomb’, a business guidebook for the digital age. He holds certifications in Mastering Business Models, Value Propositions and Business Testing, as well as Design Thinking. 

Gavin has given us his top 5 tips for HR practitioners on improving their ability to be innovative.

5. Experimentation:

Innovation has to work in the real world.

‘Making’ is a fundamental part of innovation, as it creates a tangible feedback loop to drive quick and continuous improvements.

Experiments reduce risks and uncertainty of innovation by producing evidence.

Try ideas out and invite others to respond. Testing your ideas early leads to creating happy accidents when you discover new things.

Communicate. Tell others what your innovation actually is and use their feedback to validate or invalidate your hypotheses.

Remember to show not tell.  This helps your audience to understand, so you can get good quality feedback and uncover missing details.

Develop a suite of experiments to test ideas in the real world – it doesn’t need to be big and complicated.

You can find out more about what Gavin does on his website here.

James Cumming is our MD, Interim and Transformation Search specialist. Please get in contact with him directly to discuss any of these topics further.


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