Innovation and X-Teams

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For some time we have been determinedly preaching to businesses about the importance not just of high performance teams but also of what we call  ‘externally-focused teams.’ We have also been showing organizations how to create and support  X-Teams. These teams are not only the highest performing but they are also the prime innovators. The essence of what differentiates these X-teams from the rest are four core skills: questioning and not assuming, associating ideas from different areas, experimenting  and allowing for failure and exporting innovations to other parts of the organization. There is a rather nice piece in the latest HBS newsletter on innovation which supports these concepts.