Great organizations don't depend on a small number of exclusive people to come up with innovations. Instead they create a culture in which every employee is encouraged and empowered to innovate.The steps to build a culture of innovation are as follows:
- Identify and implement some immediate innovation in your own area - make them happen quickly to show innovation is successful
- This leads to confidence - so now work together to identify a more ambitious innovation.
- To make innovation stick you have to encourage people to develop and experiment with new ideas.
To learn something new you have to be uncomfortable. Our organizations are paying a high price for letting us work with only those we feel most comfortable with. When assumptions aren't challenged, when questions aren't posed, when new ideas aren't thoroughly considered ... you don't invent a new solution to an old problem.