Lead Your Organization to Innovation
Innovation does not have to come in the form of the hottest tech-gadget. Innovation can have practical uses to advance or even re-launch your organization. Innovation can help you design a valuable program to reach out to a new target population or help you create a way to engage a potential partner.
Even if you have never been the creative type, there are ways to transform your thinking and habits to fashion new ideas. Thinking innovatively can be learned. Those who are regarded as innovative, more than likely use some, or all, of the following basic creativity provoking tactics:
1. Find connections across areas that are seemingly unrelated
2. Be Inquisitive
3. Be on the lookout for new ideas
4. Interact with people from all backdrops
5. Take your idea for a dry-run
You might be thinking that the above tactics seem too simple to lend themselves to innovation. But, whoever said that innovation has to be complex? To be clear, the best ideas are those that are not only new and creative but ideas that are useful and used.
The more everyone on your team begins to integrate innovative approaches in their workday, the sooner your organization can be on its way to including innovation as part of its culture. Below are a tactical ways that you can incorporate innovative practices into your organization.
Before trying to figure out a solution, be sure that the problem is fully understood. In a group, take turns asking questions about the problem until everyone has a firm grasp of the situation to be addressed.
Zoom In – Zoom Out
Zoom in to understand the detail of projects. Do the due diligence to uncover the nuances of projects. Then zoom out to see how the project fits in the broader context of the environment in which your organization operates, as well as how the project relates to your stakeholders.
Collect (lots of) Ideas
The best way to get a singular good idea is by making a habit of collecting many ideas. Differentiate ideas by collecting concepts from dissimilar sources. Then combine the hodgepodge of thoughts to create a solution that works for your organization.
Make a Game of Associations
Get your creative juices flowing by forcing new associations. Randomly pair a product/service with a problem. For example, how can random product X help solve problem Y.
Reimagine Your Organization
Combine one (or more) companies with your own. Randomly select from a list of Fortune 500 companies, and determine what value can be derived from a partnership.
Keep a diverse and lateral set of contacts in and out of your field. Once a week, have a meal with someone new. Think of it as networking to gain ideas.
Posted By: Sherria Saafir, a Nonprofit Associate at SydneyMalcome LLC.
The content of this particular blog post derived from The Innovator’s DNA by Dyer, Gregersen and Christensen.