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Fostering innovation on projects

A shared vision: commitments and guiding principles
Imagine a future where innovation on public and private projects enables sustainable industries, drives economic growth and fosters social inclusion.

This is a living document indicating desired commitments on mental health and well-being by all parties to projects, and outlining guiding principles.

Senior project leaders participating in the Executive Leadership in Major Projects (ELMP) program have develop a number of shared visions for projects facilitated by Professor Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld (Brandeis University) and updated by successive ELMP cohorts. These include shared visions for employment relationsdiversity and inclusionsocial licenseinnovation, and mental health and wellbeing on projects

Our commitments

  • As project leaders, we will actively foster a culture where mental health and well-being are appreciated and openly addressed in inclusive and constructive ways – as important as workplace safety.

This is a living document indicating desired commitments on innovation by all parties to projects, and outlining guiding principles (facilitated by the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership and updated by successive cohorts in the ELMP Program).

Senior project leaders participating in the Executive Leadership in Major Projects (ELMP) program have develop a number of shared visions for projects facilitated by Professor Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld (Brandeis University) and updated by successive ELMP cohorts. These include shared visions for employment relationsdiversity and inclusionsocial licenseinnovation, and mental health and wellbeing on projects

Our commitments

  • As project leaders, we will establish a bias in favor of innovation – encouraging and empowering people in order to drive continuous improvement, achieve break-through ideas, and have a beneficial footprint in society.

Suggested guiding principles

Challenge the status quo

  • Empower people at all levels.
  • There are no bad ideas.
  • Allocate sufficient resources to enable innovation.

Encourage blue sky thinking

  • Utilise pilots, rapid prototyping, lean development, and related practices.
  • Ensure that existing incentives and rewards don’t undercut innovation.

Celebrate successes and learn from failures

  • Build a culture of continuous process improvement and problem solving.
  • Provide measurements, metrics, and feedback systems on innovation.

Ensure an environment where it is safe to fail

  • Understand the tolerance for failure in your context.

Recognise, share, and build on global leading practices

  • Foster collaboration across stakeholders, organisations, and sectors.

Overarching project objectives

  • Creating value: Fostering cultures of innovation on projects creates value for diverse stakeholders now and builds capability for the future.
  • Mitigating risk: Stakeholders should share responsibility for mitigating the risks associated with innovation on projects.

Shared visions represent what can be called “true north” or aspirational goals, though they are intended to be feasible, rather than just wish lists. Shared visions are living documents, enabling alignment and evolving as the points of alignment themselves evolve. Read more.