Vadim Kotelnikov    

The Jazz of Innovation

Encourage Improvisation within a Guiding Structure


Vadim Kotelnikov, founder of 1000ventures - personal logo   Business e-Coach  


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Yin-Yang of the Jazz of Innovation

YIN (accepting). Honor the structure

YANG (aggressive). Embrace creative chaos and improvisation ... More

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Simulation Game

Innovation Football (Innoball)

Innovation Football (Innoball) is a breakthrough simulation game that helps innovators achieve great success in the real world.

Innoball helps you:


The "Inherent Sloppiness" of Innovation

Tom Peters8 researched many innovative companies and had been impressed in his researches by the "inherent sloppiness" of innovation. The "messy world", or the "creative chaos environment", is its "given precondition". The necessary solution has three parts, each one leading on to the next:

Management's task is to generate the right climate for creativity, experimentation, and individualism. This climate requires managers to take advantage of that "inherent sloppiness" of innovation – swimming upstream against the innovation myths.9

The Way Our Mind Works

You must divide time between the left-brain and right-brain activity to achieve better creativity results. If you keep bouncing back and forth between creative and analytical activities, you'll get a headache and won't produce your best results. Analysis, evaluation and judgment get in the way of creativity.

That's why in brainstorming sessions we suspend judgment while we generate ideas. Similarly, radical innovation project managers apply the Loose-Tight Leadership technique to divide time between divergent and convergent thinking by their team members at different project stages... More


The Jazz of Innovation

To jazz up your ability to innovate, turn to jazz – create a clear guiding structure, establish creative chaos environment within this structure to liberate people and trigger accidental discoveries, and encourage improvisation.

The Jazz of Innovation: 11 Guiding Principles

The flexible improvisation-driven model for innovation project management doesn’t discard structure, just as there is a clear structure to good jazz. In innovation, this structure is created through roadmaps, guiding principles, business processes, systems and organizational charts. Strategic planning and road-mapping processes cannot guarantee brilliant flashes of creative insight, but they can prepare minds and increase the odds that such flashes occur in real time. Thus structure, as chords do in jazz, serves as a basis for improvisation, experimentations, discoveries and innovation >>>



Loose-Tight Leadership

Leading innovation is a delicate and challenging process. You need to encourage expansive out-of-the-box thinking to generate new ideas, but also filter through these ideas to decide which to commercialize. Use a balanced "loose-tight" style of leadership for this purpose. " Loose-tight leadership alternates the creation of space for idea generation and free exploration with a deliberate tightening that selects and tests specific ideas for further investment and development."2 Looseness usually dominates the early stages of the innovation process; in the later stages, tightening becomes more important to scrutinize the concepts and bring the selected ones to the market... More

Find the Right Balance Between Structure and Chaos

You need a certain amount of chaos to be creative but not to the point that you feel overwhelmed by its amount. Too much uncertainty discourages people from mobilizing their best effort. Direction, purpose, and the right amount of structure create freedom. People feel liberated by goals and guidelines... More

Structure: Preparing Minds Through Business and Strategic Planning

Structure-building documents such as business plans and strategic plans are intended to provide an innovator with a frame of reference and strategic alignment... More

Accidental Discoveries

Many ideas surface in the strangest ways, often when they are least expected. Sometimes they seem to pop up almost by accident. The accidental discovery is triggered by chaos, experimentation and contradictions, rather than by order and logic... More

Cross-Pollination of Ideas

Winning innovative solutions are inspired and developed in the process of cross-pollination of ideas, rather than narrowly focused search... More

Case Studies Silicon Valley

In Silicon Valley, companies challenge the status quo and encourage creative out-of-the-box thinking mixed with pragmatic business judgment... More

Business e-Coach Kore 10 Innovative Thinking Tools

The Kore 10 metaphoric tools help you solve problems creatively and come up with innovative entrepreneurial strategies... More

Business e-Coach "Innovation Chess" vs. "Innovation Football"

Innoball and InnoChess are  trademark strategic simulation games for disruptive innovators and entrepreneurs.

In chess, every move must satisfy predefined conditions. Innobal can simulate real time situations better as players have less restrictions. InnoChess players have less flexibility, but can better focus on the most important action areas.  >>>

Case Studies Aetna Insurance

Many corporations are now working with the arts community.

Aetna Insurance brought in jazz bassist Michael Gold and his ensemble to teach improvisation. The theory is that kind reactive thinking can help employees handle competition and conflict.7

Case Studies BP – Finding an Equilibrium Between Chaos and Order

To evolve BP into an adaptive organization, one that would be better able to survive and prosper in today's uncertain and turbulent times, John Browne decided to raise the creative tension. He established the preconditions necessary for creating such tension and deliberately moved the organization to a situation that was at the edge of chaos. That is, the point at which a natural equilibrium is found between chaos and order, comparable to the conditions in the evolving natural world... More

Creative Leadership

Creative leaders search for and discover opportunities, introduce positive change and make quantum leaps forward in creating new products and processes... More

The Fun Factor

As business today is about passion and winning and creating new things, fun has become a big element in the business strategy of many highly successful businesses. No one should have a job they don't enjoy.... More




1. The Art of Innovation, Tom Kelley

2. "Designed Chaos", An interview with David Kelley, founder and CEO of IDEO

3. "An Empirical Test of Nonaka’s Theory of Organizational Knowledge Creation," Richard G. Best, Sylvia J. Hysong, Charles McGhee, Frank I. Moore, Jacqueline A. Pugh

4. "Real Power: Business Lessons from the Tao Te Ching," James A. Autry & Stephen Mitchell

5. "Engaging Chaos Together," Jane F. Miller

6. "Tired of Strategic Planning?", The Times of India

7. "How To Jazz Up Innovation," Linda Stern, Newsweek

8. "A Passion for Excellence: The Leadership Difference," Tom Peters and Nancy Austin

9. "Roads to Success," Robert Heller