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, while 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 accelerative path. For Lean Startup and Design Thinking practitioners, this strategy dovetails beautifully for added leverage and acceleration.

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

  1. Network Your Innovators
    Look beyond your core team to other key stakeholders who should be part of the solution; form a networked improvement community to push out together on the frontier

  2. Leverage the Collective IQ
    Leverage your network's collective smarts through a shared dynamic knowledge ecosystem

  3. Focus on Whole Capability
    Translate 'customer need' and desired outcomes into a capability to be augmented, using a whole-systems approach to human-tool innovation

  4. Accelerate Co-Evolution on the Frontier
    Iterate often through rapid prototyping, pushing further out on the frontier using pilot experiments and 'expeditions' to accelerate the human-tool co-evolution cost effectively

  5. Walk Your Talk to Bootstrap Results
    When the innovations you are implementing for your end customer can also be applied in your network to better leverage its collective smarts, then walking your talk offers a powerful built in multiplier effect, with the potential for yielding increasingly brilliant outcomes and systemic innovation at scale.

For a summary overview, see our Bootstrapping Brilliance Highlights.

Bootstrapping Brilliance is a distillation of Doug Engelbart's proven 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 continuous breakthrough results, which he lectured and wrote about extensively, and taught in his management seminars (see his using his Bootstrap "Paradigm Map" for basics).

"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]

Resources 2

   The Basics

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

   Case Examples

   Learn from Doug Engelbart


Getting Started 3

    Your Bootstrapping Brilliance Toolkit

Further Inquiry 4

    For more background