Harnessing Innovation and Creativity
Creativity is often stifled in many companies - people just do not like change. If you are not willing to accept debate, dissension, or alternative ideas, your organization is probably not ready for change. Take care - your competitors are changing; if not the ones you know, then the ones you don’t.
Cultures that support the free flow of ideas, without “personalizing” the activity, excel at innovation.
From “IS Survival Guide” by Bob Lewis
You probably have someone in your organization that is outspoken - maybe even classified as a troublemaker.
Embrace that person - they are one of your most valuable assets….
someone that is willing to challenge the status quo.
This person can be the catalyst of innovation in your organization - you just need to learn how to work with this creativity. Innovation seldom comes from doing things the same way you have always done them. These people are not evil - if they wanted to be subversive, they would take their dissent underground. By working out in the open, they are striving to bring the best out in everyone.
Our principal has been part of many significant innovations over the years. He was a member of the development team on the original IBM PC, co-founder of the first Mac users group, one of the early Novell CNEs, inventor of the first laser interferometer measuring device for disk drive accuracy, co-developer of the first portable spectroscopy device, the process modeling technique (swim lanes) that later became Rummler-Brache, and numerous other industry innovations.
If you want to harness the nascent innovation in your organization, contact us - we can help.
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