Keynote: Are you Innovation Ready? Pt2
Gaia Grant Hargraves Institute
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It has become clear from the research that leaders of the future will be required to develop ambidextrous responses to deal with complexity and rapid change at all levels. That is, they will need to know how to recognize and effectively navigate competing demands to stay ahead. Despite the critical importance of managing innovation tensions, this research shows that leaders are often ill-prepared for identifying and dealing with them. Leaders are better resourced to respond to paradoxes once the specific tensions have been identified and addressed. Ambidextrous leadership involves identifying tensions that create polarization, and finding solutions that might help to deal with the tensions simultaneously. The initial finding of the research program was that identifying ambidextrous orientations can provide valuable feedback and help to build a culture for leading innovation.