Bootstrapping Brilliance™

Christina Engelbart, Co-Founder / Director; Bootstrapping Brilliance instigator and coach
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"Bootstrapping Innovation provides a structure for empowering people to solve complex problems together — leveraging the untapped potential of people, knowledge, and tools — to help us make smarter choices, achieve more brilliant outcomes, and increase innovation capacity and overall effectiveness."
Ronni Marshak, Senior Consultant/Analyst, Patricia Seybold Group [Source 2010]

"A five-point strategy for yielding more brilliant outcomes in your project, team or organization, leading to more brilliant businesses, communities, and societies, and a brilliant world."

Overview 1

Bootstrapping Brilliance™ is a practical strategy for increasing the capacity for innovation and continuous transformation in groups, organizations, networks and societies, by increasing their Collective IQ. Also known as Bootstrapping Innovation™, this strategy is designed to help the organization jump the curve more rapidly from the current path of doing business and transforming itself, to a future more brilliant path. For Lean Startup and Design Thinking practitioners, this strategy dovetails beautifully to bring added leverage and acceleration.

Five organizing principles offer strategic insight, alignment, and leverage to increasingly accelerate and expand results:

  1. Engage key stakeholders, forming networked improvement communities
  2. Leverage your collective smarts via a shared dynamic knowledge ecosystem
  3. Focus beyond products and services on capability, to augment with human-tool innovations
  4. Iterate results through pilot experiments and 'expeditions', to accelerate the co-evolution of human-tool innovations
  5. Walk your talk to bootstrap results in your products and services, and your internal transformation

Bootstrapping Brilliance is a distillation of Doug Engelbart's strategic vision put to practice. It is essentially the same strategic approach he applied in his own research team for a powerful multiplier effect with breakthrough results, which he taught in his Bootstrap "Paradigm Map" seminars.

"While Demming provided the improvement approach for the industrial age, Doug provided the innovation approach for the knowledge age."Curt Carlson, Founder & CEO, Practice of Innovation, and author of Innovation: The Five Disciplines [Source]

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   The Basics

You can apply these tools alone, or as an extension to your Lean Startup practice. We highly recommend the latter, as Lean lays a great foundation for Bootstrapping Brilliance, and offers a large, inclusive, experience-rich community with easy to use tools and lots of case examples. Here are links to the basics of both practices.

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Getting Started 3

    Your Bootstrapping Brilliance Toolkit

Further Inquiry 4

    For more background