Sept 2007 Roundtable

September 2007 Roundtable

  • Tuesday, September 18th
  • 1:30-4:30 PM
  • Stryker Orthopaedics, 325 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, NJ

Transforming Mindsets for Collaborative Innovation


This will be an elaboration of the topic discussed at the May Roundtable meeting, at which we considered a variety of "mindset dimensions" that often interfere with idea acceptance and collaborative innovation efforts.  The September meeting will expand on that discussion and demonstrate tools that can be used to understand and cope with mindset conflicts rooted in differences in goals, strategies, and values.  Participants will come away with specific approaches they can use with people and organizations impeding their innovation efforts, in order to engage them more effectively in collaborative innovation. It is not necessary to have attended the May Roundtable meeting in order to benefit from the September meeting.


Participants are asked to read three short articles (links below) prior to the meeting, and then to think about specific people and organizations that have hindered your innovation efforts.  Please come to the meeting prepared to contribute to a discussion of how the specific cases you have encountered might fit the "roadblocks" discussed.  


Unappreciated AHA: Why No One Listens to your Creative Ideas
An insight-based model for creativity and some of its implications (2 pages)


Elephants and Coconuts
An Approach to Understanding Complex Topics (2 pages)


"The More Things Change, the More (and Less) They Stay the Same"
Ubiquity - The ACM IT Magazine and Forum  (8 pages)

The Roundtable meeting will begin at 1:30 PMA luncheon will be available from 12:30 PM, courtesy of Stryker, which will afford the opportunity to network with other Alliance Partners.  Dress code for the Roundtable is business casual.  Please register in advance with Sharen Glennon ([email protected] or 201-216-5381).  

Attendees should drive up to the visitors gate upon entering the parking lot and announce themselves. Registrants' names will be listed at the security desk so there will be no problem entering.  There is a large visitor's parking area adjacent to the main doors.