How To Fuel Innovation In The Workplace

Facilitating creativity and growth will inspire an innovative work space. This is all the more important in a world prone to rapid change.

Innovation is all around us and comes in all shapes and sizes and while it’s easy to see innovation as solely sourced from people who are creative and inventive, we can all be innovative. Furthermore innovation can be applied to methods and processes.

Two ends of the spectrum

Disruptive innovation – making things people haven’t yet realised they want. It is this type of innovation that disrupts industries and changes how they work.

Simple innovation – Less complex innovation constitutes something all employees across an organisation can contribute to. Encouraging employees to find ways to do things better or to approach things from different angles creates a new source for improved ideas.

Create the mindset

Achieved by encouraging employees to adopt a growth mindset. If employees’ mindset leads to the feeling of ‘I’m not innovative’, then the opportunity to see what could be different will be missed. It is important for all employees to be open to generating new ideas.

Get curious

New ideas often occur when finding a solution to something that caused frustration, and can result in a better way to do something.

Encourage employees to consider in day-to-day work to critically assess:

  • What frustrates you at work?
  • What are you curious about?
  • Where are the pain points in your everyday work processes?
  • What could be done differently or better?
  • What are your competitors doing that you’re not?

In answering these questions, employees may discover new ways of working.

Learn from failure

As Brené Brown, the author of multiple books including the fantastic book ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’ said: “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.”

Influential leaders are ready for the challenge. They recognise that it won’t be easy, but they know that the upside is that the improvements eventually secured will make things better for their team.

Source: www.theceomagazine.com: How are you adapting for the future?
9 Jan 2019