Last year I had the pleasure of participating in, and winning, the HCI M-Prize competition for management innovation. The contest is put on my Gary Hamel's Management Innovation Exchange (the MiX) and the Human Capital Institute (HCI).
It is time for the 2011/12 competition and here is why I think you should enter.
- The prizes? Yes, that is fun, but not the most compelling reason.
- Contributing to the collective intelligence of managerial sciences? Yes, that is a great thing.
- The people you will meet? Yes, this is a BIG bonus, but comes in at reason #2.
- What you will learn? YES, this is the most amazing bonus of all. Participating in the contest means that you are putting your ideas and yourself out there and the process of articulating them will help you advance them forward. It is invigorating It is fun. It is expanding.
For me, my idea of the talent management cloud was something I had been working on in a variety of ways and in pieces with varrious clients. For the contest, I brought my ideas together, utilized great thinking from others, and created something that was more complete and effective. Having to articulate my idea for MiX readers and judges - who don't know me - was a great process and I learned a lot.
I am also very thankful to have met the great people at the MiX and at HCI.
Bottom-line. Check out the contest theme and rules. And then share your best idea. Contribute
One last hint/tip: Last year, many smart people entered the contest and the ideas were awesome. My idea was not necessarily any better than the others, but the judges told me that one of the things that put my entry out front was the level of detail I provided in my final write up. Why did this matter? The objective of the contest is to create a repository of great ideas that others can use to improve their organizations. The more detail you can provide, the more likely it will be that someone can take your idea and put it to use.