the science.

SCIENTIFIC RIGOUR

We achieve greater innovation success by learning how to think and learn in new ways

All the tools in the world will not change anything if the mindset does not allow and support the change.
Center for Creative Leadership
  • Our Approach
  • The Benefits
  • Our Research

At Leading Minds Lab, we see innovation as both an art and a science. That is why we are equally committed to delivering development programs and studying the science of mindset. Science has been an integral part of our beginnings. We recognize that knowledge is ever evolving and that measurement matters in generating new insights that improve the mindset for innovation performance. That’s where the research comes in.

Diagnostics: Start with Data

We measure an individual’s awareness and understanding of their innovation performance with Innovator Mindset®, a leading-edge self-report instrument designed to discover personal innovativeness or one’s propensity to produce new value. Our complementary 360 assessment gathers data on innovation performance through peer review and feedback. Together, these instruments provide comprehensive development feedback to help individuals optimize their perceived strengths and gain insight into areas for development and improvement.

Metacognition

We help individuals learn to think in new ways by providing techniques for shifting thought patterns in favour of innovation.

  • Possibility Thinking
  • Seeing New Perspectives as Valuable
  • Reframing Feedback as Reward

Habit Formation

We help individuals disrupt routine habits of mind by providing practical strategies for building a mindset for innovation.

  • Ask for Negative Feedback
  • Pinpoint Leap of Faith Assumptions
  • Unfocus to Make Connections

Measure Progress

We help individuals achieve breakthroughs faster by measuring progress toward development goals and tracking insights.

  • Discover New Ways of Thinking & Doing
  • Track Experiments & New Insights
  • Learn Your Way to Solutions

Higher Probability of Innovation Success

Our mindset impacts innovation outcomes. According to cognitive science research, those with mindset attributes in favour of innovation show dramatically higher levels of value creation, as measured by funding outcomes, ambition, number of employees, and in some cases, revenue.

Superior Performance & Future Readiness

Our mindset shapes future possibilities. According to research published by McKinsey and Harvard Business Review, a long-term view can lead to superior performance for revenue and earnings, market capitalization and job creation.

Research shows developing a mindset for innovation can positively impact

Awareness to Challenge

Challenge yourself to get the most accurate data.

Openness to Discover

Discover new ways of understanding the world around you.

Creativity to Imagine

Imagine new possibilities to create better solutions.

Bravery to Explore

Explore new ways of doing things to find out what works.

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

Mind-set matters: exercise and the placebo effect

Crum, A.J., & Langer, E.J. (2007). Mind-set matters: exercise and the placebo effect. Psychological science, 18 2, 165-71.

The Brain That Changes Itself

Doidgem, N. (2007). The Brain That Changes Itself. United States of America: Penguin Books.

Where companies with a long-term view outperform their peers

Dominic Barton, J. M. (2017). Where companies with a long-term view outperform their peers. McKinsey Global Institute.

The Power of Habit

Duhigg, C. (2014). The Power of Habit. Canada: Anchor Canada.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Dweck, C. S. (2007). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York: Penguin Random House.

The Leading Brain: Powerful Science-based Strategies for Achieving Peak Performance

Hagemann, H. W., & Fabritius, F. (2017). The Leading Brain: Powerful Science-based Strategies for Achieving Peak Performance. TarcherPerigee.

Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World

Johansen, R. (2009). Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Thinking Fast and Slow

Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking Fast and Slow. London: Nobel Memorial Prize .

Immunity to Change

Kegan, R., & Lahey, L. L. (2009). Immunity to Change: How to overcome it and unlock the potential in yourself and your organization. Boston, MA: Harvard Busines Press.

Future Trends in Leadership Development

Petrie, N. (2014). Future Trends in Leadership Development. Center for Creative Leadership.

Tinker Dabble Doodle Try

Pillay, S. (2017). Tinker Dabble Doodle Try. New York: Penguin Random House LLC.

Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2018: Succeeding in the New Era of Technology

Startup Genome, Global Entrepreneurship Network. (2018). Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2018: Succeeding in the New Era of Technology. Startup Genome.

Evaluating Mindset as a Means of Measuring Personal Innovativeness

Stauffer, D. A. (2015). Evaluating Mindset as a Means of Measuring Personal Innovativeness. International Journal of Innovation Science , 233-247.

Personal innovativeness as a predictor of entrepreneurial value creation

Stauffer, D. A. (2016). Personal innovativeness as a predictor of entrepreneurial value creation. International Journal of Innovation Science , 4-26.

Valuable Novelty: A Proposed General Theory of Innovation and Innovativeness

Stauffer, D. A. (2015). Valuable Novelty: A Proposed General Theory of Innovation and Innovativeness. International Journal of Innovation Science , 169-182.

Moving the Needle

Until recently, there has been a predominant belief that intelligence, skills and abilities are fixed and cannot be substantially developed. There is emerging evidence, however, that with the right frame of mind — that of a mindset for innovation — people can learn to become more innovative and adaptive thinkers. We’ve partnered with leading institutions to further the research on mindset for innovation. More information and publications to come, stay tuned!

Interested in collaborating?

If you or your institution are interested in expanding on this research we would love to hear from you!