Lynda Gratton describes a Hotspot as an environment full of energy, passion and creativity – and there are three defining elements which converge to create Hotspots. First, you need an environment of collaboration, not competition. This is a workplace where people engage collaboratively and openly.
Next you need to have people working across departments, organizations, divisions – basically you need people reaching into the talent circles of other domains and spaces to leverage external expertise.
These two are critical, but its not enough. To create a real Hotspot, you need purpose – a singularity to bring everyone together working in concert. All that remarkable innovation, velocity and energy needs direction and purpose. Once you have all three, you have a real Hotspot – a place where thinking is clear and people are alive with engagement and work becomes play. It can be exhilarating.