Save your Innovation Team from Chaos

Released: April 14, 2021    Length: 63 min


Corporate innovation teams suffer. The journey to achieving a successful new business model is full of setbacks and failures. The complexity and uncertainty of innovation projects can lead to high-levels of anxiety and unproductive conflict. Teams operating in these conditions work hard and usually get poor results.

As a leader, it’s your job to create the conditions for success: (1) constantly align with your team to run the innovation process efficiently, (2) build psychological safety to foster learning behaviours, constructive conflict and team innovation.

In this month’s StratChat, the authors of the book High Impact Tools for Teams (Stefano Mastrogiacomo and Alex Ostweralder) will share how to reach higher levels of team alignment and psychological safety in innovation teams.

They’ll show you how to successfully kick off your innovation projects using the Team Alignment Map and the Team Contract. You’ll also learn how to assess alignment rapidly to avoid future problems. And, you’ll have some fun exploring what’s hot or not in teamwork today.

About The Speakers

Alexander Osterwalder

Alexander Osterwalder

Dr. Alexander (Alex) Osterwalder is one of the world’s most influential innovation experts, a leading author, entrepreneur and in-demand speaker whose work has changed the way established companies do business and how new ventures get started. Ranked No. 4 of the Thinkers50 list of the most influent... Read more >

Stefano Mastrogiacomo

Stefano Mastrogiacomo

Stefano is a project management practitioner and an academic with 20 years of experience, and the designer of the Team Alignment Map.

He has been leading digital projects for Swiss-based companies Rothschild and Pictet; advising cross-functional leaders and teams for Richemont, the World Economic Forum, Applied Materials and HSBC; teaching and doing research in project management at the University of Lausanne and at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in partnership with Doctors Without Borders, Migros LeShop and Rolex.

He has also co-authored an A-ranking publication in JMIS (Journal of Management Information Systems), New York; published at ECIS 2014 (The European Conference on Information Systems). Awarded Best Paper Nominee, Best Research in Progress Runner-Up Award with Swiss researchers at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2015). He holds a PhD and a Master's Degree in Organisation and Business Information Systems (MBI), all obtained from the University of Lausanne.

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