The Management Innovation eXchange (MIX) is an open innovation project aimed at reinventing management for the 21st century. The MIX is based on the premise that management is nothing less than the technology of human accomplishment and that, after 100 years of incremental tweaks, it now needs to be reinvented for a new age.
Designed as an open innovation and collaborative platform, the MIX brings together the most progressive leaders and provocative management thinkers with in-the-trenches management innovators—indeed, anyone with ideas and approaches to making our organizations resilient, inventive and inspiring enough to thrive in the 21st century.
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ABOUT THE MIX’S M-PRIZE CHALLENGES
The M-Prize is the MIX’s call to management innovators (and aspiring management innovators) around the world to make a real difference when it comes to improving management thinking and practice.
M-Prize challenges help to identify, develop, and recognize the best stories (real-world case studies of management innovation) or hacks (bold ideas for tackling a critical management challenge) around make-or-break management challenges.
The MIX and MIX M-Prizes are informed by a few critical principles, including:
1. EVERYONE WINS WHEN EVERYONE SHARES
The success of the MIX hinges on the willingness of its members to share their ideas and experiences, which depends in turn on a belief that more can be gained by sharing than by hoarding. Truth is, there’s a lot more management innovation going on in the world at large than in any particular organization. M-Prizes give every progressive management innovator the chance to share a little and learn a lot.
2. EVERY INNOVATOR DESERVES A HEARING
M-Prize challenges foster meritocracies of ideas. Any individual, regardless of title, tenure or training, is eligible to contribute content. Success with M-Prizes depends on the quality of your ideas, not your credentials.
3. ACCOMPLISHED INNOVATORS DESERVE ACCLAIM
MIXers contributing the most compelling and inspiring stories and hacks are celebrated on the MIX and by MIX partners sponsoring M-Prize challenges, such as Harvard Business Review and the McKinsey Quarterly.
4. IT’S GOOD TO BE HUMBLE
We expect M-Prize contestants to be open and honest in sharing their stories of management innovation. False starts, dead-ends, and outright failure are part of any innovation process, and are almost always instructive for those seeking to learn from a pioneering effort. Given that, users shouldn’t use the M-Prize as a PR platform. Warts-and-all accounts will always be more welcome, and more highly-rated than self-congratulatory stories of individual and corporate brilliance.
5. THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS
When it comes to management innovation, the “how” is every bit as critical as the “what.” That’s why nuanced contributions will usually be regarded as more valuable than wispy outlines. While embryonic ideas are welcome, particularly if they’re radical, contributors should always provide as much detail as possible. Within the MIX, the best way to ensure that your idea gets traction is to provide a solid foundation on which others can build on.
ISSUE YOUR OWN CHALLENGE ON THE MIX
The MIX and its M-Prize challenge platform create opportunities for breakthrough management innovation for institutions that are committed to creating organizations that are truly adaptable, innovative, and engaging places to work.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how your organization can benefit from launching a MIX M-Prize challenge.
GET IN TOUCH
We welcome questions and feedback about the MIX and our M-Prize challenge platform.