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IDEA-PROLIFERATION

This dimension refers to the extent to which people are perceived as having creative ideas and varied perspectives towards their work. This also refers to the level of debates encouraged in the organization.

 

Low Idea Proliferation High Idea Proliferation
Climates that demonstrate low levels of idea proliferation are those in which there is a lack of variety or ideas. These climates have narrow and precise perspectives regarding the ways of doing things and the function of the organization. There are few alternative perspectives voiced or demonstrated and a lack of debates and constructive discussions. In organizations low on idea proliferation, people may unquestioningly follow existing patterns of work. Organizations characterised by high levels of idea proliferation are those in which people perceive people within the organization as frequently generating creative ideas regarding new ways of working or new products. These types of climates demonstrate many different approaches to work and tasks, which may even include clashes of viewpoints. Climates high on idea proliferation display high levels of variety in terms of ideas and often have debates concerning ways of working and thinking.

 

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Having looked at several practitioners of the Ekvall criteria, I have been delighted to work with Mark and the Dolphin Organization to evaluate BBI’s culture for change and creativity. Mark has combined excellent, pragmatic business realism, with the passion to drive 21st century business growth, and he communicates this in a way that has engaged every level of the business and been truly inspirational. If you are looking to the future for you and your business, you need to do this!

Peter Corish, Head of Business Development, BBI Group

The great thing about the Dolphin Index is the opportunity to benchmark your climate against the world outside - and get feedback that says 'It doesn't have to be like that!'

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The Dolphin Index has been an important tool in Nestle Rowntree’s strategy to develop a broad innovation culture across the business and to remove the mystique that so often surrounds creativity and innovation.

Creativity Development Manager, Nestle Rowntree

The Dolphin Index is the ideal tool for assessing your climate and so for understanding the levers to pull so as to make the enterprise more dynamic, innovative and successful.

Nick Gurney, Former CEO Bristol City Council