It’s no secret that organizations that look to the future will be the future. Yet, few teams have mastered team building and the innovation process. To begin with, teams need Creators. These individuals think out-of-the box. They are not bound by current processes, products, or services. They make leaps in consciousness that ignites the fire of innovation.
Next up, the Advancers rally behind the best ideas and get people exciting about change. They consider the needs of the people and examine the implications of decisions on the employees and customers. The intuitively know that change will only take place if people support it…and they generate support.
Now it’s time for Refiners to have at it. Refiners make sure the these pie-in-the-sky ideas will really fly. They pose question after question. And if the innovative ideas can survive the scrutiny of the Refiners, you can bet they have merit.
Finally, the Executors create the plan to make it happen and put the pieces into place to implement the new innovation. This key phase of the process turns ideas into reality.
The model described here is known as the CARE™ model, an acronym for both the four roles and four stages of the innovation process that include the Creators who Create, Advancers who Advance, Refiners who Refine, and Executors who Execute.