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Be more innovative

By MIRANDA LA ROSE Tuesday, August 5 2014

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EXPERIENCED SPEAKER: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning Arlene McComie speaks yesterday at a workshop for senior Public Servants at the c...
EXPERIENCED SPEAKER: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning Arlene McComie speaks yesterday at a workshop for senior Public Servants at the c...

HEADS of the Public Service have been urged to embrace unpredictability if they want to be innovative. “Embrace unpredictability...it is an important part of the strategy of innovation,” emphasised Chief Inter-sectional Designer (Partner in the Medici Group) Christian Robinson.

Speaking yesterday at the first of eight workshops for Permanent Secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries and other senior public servants in the conference room of the Old Fire Service Building in Port-of-Spain, he told participants that the Medici’s philosophy to innovation is called, “inter-sectional thinking.”

“This is the approach we use to make things happen if we want to be innovate, or change conversations,” he said. The three core principles of innovation, he said were diversity which drives innovation in powerful ways, embracing unpredictability, and focusing on execution.

“Don’t focus on alliances, or meetings, or making huge plans. Get things done instead,” he advised.

Out of nothing, but resourcefulness, he said much can be achieved.

He gave a number of examples including the construction of the Ice Hotel in northern Sweden which provides employment to many, and attracts tens of thousands of international tourists to an area where 20 years ago no one would venture because of its barren ice lands.

Welcoming the first batch of participants to the workshops, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development, Arlene McComie explained the workshops were being held in advance of the Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) scheduled from October 8 to October 10, in Port-of-Spain.

The objective of the eight sessions of the four-hour workshops is meant to get officers in the government service to start thinking in a particular way. Each workshop will cater to between 30 to 40 different participants.

“This workshop and the workshops over the next few days,” she said “is to show that it is very possible to find new ways to serve the customers. It is possible to find new ways of doing your work more efficiently with better timing, and to find solutions in the environment in innovative ways,” she said.

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