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Driving innovation through new perspectives and mindsets

  • Matthew Lynch
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  • Feb 3, 2020
Driving innovation through new perspectives and mindsets

Otto Scharmer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology led the latest session of the Ivey Innovation Learning Lab.

To be successful in driving change, Otto Scharmer, a world-renowned researcher and author on systems transformation, said leaders must examine their own mindsets and beliefs, as these can limit their ability to innovate and nudge the system.

Scharmer, a senior lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, led the latest session of the Ivey Innovation Learning Lab on January 30.

He challenged participants to reshape their perspectives to fully see the complexity of the system in which they operate by reflecting not only on the system, but on themselves and their relationship to the system.

This session built on the dialogue and insights from the first Lab in October 2019 led by Peter Senge.

The Lab brings together 19 organizations from diverse sectors: 3M; Ashoka Canada; Bell Canada; Co-operators Insurance; CPA Canada; Georgian Partners; Interac; Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; Maple Leaf Foods; Mattamy Homes; McConnell Foundation; National Research Council Canada; NGen; Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund; Royal Bank of Canada; SAP Canada; Suncor; Triovest; and Walmart. Participants assemble every quarter to discuss the innovation process.

The Centre for Building Sustainable Value runs the Lab in partnership with MaRS Discovery District. Each session is animated by a world-class thought leader and includes discussion on the latest best practices and research, including Ivey’s own work on innovation and disruption.

Ivey Professor Tima Bansal created the Lab to bring together innovation leaders from the private and public sectors to improve their innovation process. The Lab deploys a cutting-edge approach to executive education, convening senior leaders and academics to co-create new insights on the frontier of knowledge.