implementation is one of the most challenging responsibilities that a
leader can face.
By nature, leaders
are executors with a virtuosity fundamental to optimizing their existing
business. The term ‘innovation’, has connotations of change, underpinning
belief that cultivating a culture of innovation within an organisation, carries
risk. Innovation is often dismissed by a tendency to lean towards already
ingrained and proven methods that are established within the structure of an
organisation. Yet, this is the very reason why cultivating a culture of
innovation in your business, is not only vital, but also a
Innovation must be
embraced and used as a robust channel to maintain and progress solid organisation
innovation and igniting creativity amongst employees, does not necessarily
imply that you have to commence forthwith on plans to sanction a ‘breakout’
space- the latest trend in workplace areas, designed to feed creativity; equipped
with Lego, flexible working hours, relax areas and Play-Doh.
Moreover, supporting employee viewpoints,
collecting opinions and encouraging the development of team ingenuity. This
combines to produce galvanizing insight to solutions and pinpointing
organisational issues. If your team are engaged, inspired and motivated, they
will ensure increased commitment, crescendoing
and maintaining your organisation’s competitive edge.
It’s important to
drive innovation even further within your team, by supporting and encouraging
idea generation. Leaders who initiate innovation in this area, will also learn
about their organisational needs and problems- just as your customer would.
sparking creativity, digging out the root of ideas and ultimately, inducing idea
A diverse team with
an innovative thought process can also apply commercial feasibility and
determine whether to support or scale an idea further.
Maintaining a level
of knowledge regarding industry related development, is another key factor in
cultivating all areas of innovation within your organisation.
Understanding and implementing prevalent industry progression will establish
enlightenment for customer requirements- reinforcing interactions and assisting
with new product development, (particularly those designed to attract new markets).
conferences and events, alongside discussing concerns with team players are all
advantageous to infusing innovation- culminating in your competitive advantage.
reluctance to incorporate new processes, ideas or development is indicative of
directionless innovation, worsened by sceptical and defensive reactions from
those whose endeavours are to be superseded. Leaders need to invest in
support systems, mentors and an abundance of training to empower teams. This is
inclusive of celebrating past merits that are worth honouring. Implementing an
overlap period will also help to ease and integrate smooth transitions.
successful innovation requires regular evaluation to test validity and
refine your systems. Thus, providing a platform to learn as you develop and
give confidence to pursue further advancement.
leaders go beyond relying upon a selected or established team to present
and offer opportunity. Rather, cultivating a culture of trust,
encouragement and empowerment; inspiring teams and employees to innovate
systems, processes and commodities. What’s more, maximising the performance
potential of all contributing talent and ultimately, improving your