There are many different ways to understand and define innovation. From new business models to ideas born from continual, inspired and original creativity, even the implementation of resolutions to problems and concrete needs.
Beyond what we understand innovation to be, there are some essentials that cannott be left out such as the key role that people play in driving, generating, experiencing and transforming innovation into a reality that creates value.
According to a recent article published on Forbes.com, “innovation is the fuel of our future — new products, new services, new markets. But it isn’t just the ‘next big thing.’ It’s also a million small things. Innovation is about people working within a philosophy of continuous improvement and change.” But how to start the engines for this fuel in your organization? The article suggests five tips, summarized here. The first one?
1) Innovation is everyone’s job. Whether you lead a team, a group, or an organization, you’ve got to involve and rely on others. Isolating “a creative few” as the sole visionaries in the organization simply won’t cut it anymore.
What would you say if someone advised you to take that career plan you’ve been carefully cultivating all these years and burn it? Although having each step of your career path carefully calculated would appear to be the sensible option, there is an alternative point of view . In today’s WOBI video, Jack Welch claims that those who are open to change and willing if necessary to start afresh will in the long term be more successful.
Maybe you gave flowers, chocolate or a stuffed bear to someone special on Valentine's Day. But we're still feeling the love of the season and thought it would be the perfect time to highlight some of the inspirational people whose ideas and actions make our hearts go pitter pat. Check out who made our list and then let us know what leaders you love!