Problem Identification: An impasse or an obstacle creates the need for which there is not yet a clear solution.
Research: Investigation unfolds to determine current best practice or the need for a different approach.
Discovery: Exploration and experimentation inevitably lead to new opportunities.
Invention: Fresh ideas are proposed for testing and implementation.
Innovation: Theory finds application and insights become action.
Improvement: A seemingly unsolvable problem is addressed resulting in a better mousetrap, a cure for cancer, or drastic enhancements in efficiency and productivity.
In isolation, segregated specialists in each of these phases make important contributions to society. But together, they change the quality of life for the population. What if we routinely invited them to the same space rather than separating them by walls and processes? Which strangers in your midst should be welcomed to your strategy session?