This post is sooooooo to the point that I really have nothing to add. Here’s what Paul said..
“I recently had a prospective client ask me, "How can I make my employees just "do" innovation?"
Well...it took a few back and forth discussions to clarify that statement, but what she was essentially asking was, "How long until my employees innovate without even thinking about it?"
Whew...that's a tough one!
I actually get asked this question a lot when presenting at conferences and other speaking opportunities, so I thought I would give out my Top Ten of Making Innovation Happen Every Day:
- Innovation MUST be tied to the organizational strategy
- Innovation MUST be on the leadership agenda and discussed at every leadership meeting
- Innovation MUST be led by at least one C-Level or SVP-Level person
- Ideas (from ANY source) MUST have a path/process to follow
- Customers/Consumer MUST have a voice
- Resources (People, Money & Time) MUST be made available for innovation
- A culture of risk taking, fast failure, experimentation and imagination MUST exist and be supported/protected
- The organization MUST be made up of skilled and diverse individuals who are set "free"
- The organization MUST seek to be a leader of "next practices" not a follower of "best practices"
- The organization MUST have the courage to KILL projects, ideas, lines of business, etc. that don't work
Once you have these ten "MUST's" in place, I think you will find that your employees, front-line managers, middle managers and senior leaders will be innovating...everyday...all day...”
Wow ... Amen!