Many of our biggest clients are in a process of digital transformation themselves, they need to innovate and change to stay ahead of the competition, moving from old models and communication channels to new ones. We help drive this forward, and happy clients mean a long term future for our business.
As a consequence we spend a lot of time and money on innovation, but it’s not always easy to get senior management to see the value, especially if the payback is over the longer term.
How can your organisation become more innovative?
I always say that the first step is to become innovative yourself. “Blue sky” innovation is very rare, so why not try a simple technique to first get you in the right frame of mind?
One way to do this is to note 10 new ideas a day over the course of a week or so. It’s much harder than it first appears, especially after a couple of days. These new ideas shouldn’t be restricted to work, they can cover home personal or family life too.
The great thing is that these are not New Year’s resolutions, so you don’t have to implement them, just think them. Keep at it and your idea muscles will flourish.
Here's a list of things to do to help innovation and creativity:
- Always record your ideas, the worst thing is to have great ideas and then forget them at a later date.
- Get collaborative, great ideas often come in response to other ideas - to produce the best innovation, get different personalities and functions involved.
- Ask questions to define the problems, ask “why”, “what” and “why not” before the inevitable “how much”?
- Stay inspired, there are always better ways to do things, don’t allow the inevitable setbacks to spoil your creativity.
- Look at the best, then copy the best bits to suit your circumstances
- Failure is part of the solution, and it’s inevitable, so get over it and get on with it
Plant a tree, now
They say the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, the second-best time is today. My advice is to start now and start with yourself, there are literally no barriers to doing that. To misquote The Shawshank Redemption “get busy innovating or get busy dying”.