Unfortunately, for some company leaders, innovation is something that happens elsewhere. They view it as too risky, or they simply don’t have time for it. But the truth is innovation is something that can be cultivated. And it starts with having the right attitude.
Creating an innovative culture isn’t simply the job of one person; it’s something that the entire organization has to be committed to. Everyone needs to buy in and believe in the company’s vision for innovation. It cannot be just something you do from 9-5, but rather it should become part of your company’s way of thinking.
Innovation will happen with or without you…
So you are far better off seizing the opportunity and getting in the game rather than being left behind. Accept the fact that no matter what you do today, it can almost certainly be done better tomorrow. Once you free yourself of that constraint, anything and everything is possible. So don’t delegate it to a chief innovation officer, and put your entire company in a position to really innovate! While people generally like the idea of innovation, they change their hearts when they realize that you’re talking about them and how they do their “real work.” So the primary barrier to innovation is not coming up with ideas; it is convincing people to commit themselves to those ideas and see them through fully.
Innovation inherently means change. It means breaking the rules. It means busting norms. And, perhaps hardest of all, it means risking failure. Yet, by and large, people don’t like those things. Most not only resist them but also learn to avoid them at almost any cost. Still, the kind of dramatic culture changes that innovation needs are only possible if it starts at the top and everyone on the team owns a part of it.
How To Mitigate Challenges Of Innovation?
One way to mitigate the challenges of innovation is by establishing a climate that is best suited for innovation; in other words, an organizational culture that promotes calculated risk-taking, collaboration, and trust. Such a climate enables people to learn from their mistakes instead of being punished for them. It also supports quicker execution of ideas and a more agile organizational structure, all of which minimize exposure from innovation risk.
Many people incorrectly believe that technology
and innovation are synonymous. Innovation is not
about technology or building something nobody has
ever seen. Instead, it is about creating new ideas
to solve existing problems, making complex things
simple, functional, and elegant.
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