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In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that a common innovation question is “How do I create innovations in my business?”  Yesterday I discussed the first step in leveraging innovation:  identifying creative ideas that can be developed into useful innovations.

The next step is to develop an innovation culture.  Encourage people in all areas of your business to watch for innovative ideas and record the ideas. Show people in your organization the value of creative ideas and how those ideas can strengthen the company. These creative ideas are “seeds” that can grow into valuable innovations.  As your business starts leveraging innovations, share those success stories and celebrate successful innovation throughout your company.

Provide fun educational material that explains how to discover creative ideas, such as when solving problems, brainstorming, and analyzing trends in your industry.  Offer examples of creative ideas in other businesses that resulted in valuable innovations for those companies.  Although some examples may be in different industries, they can be valuable examples to illustrate the innovation process.  Focus on the underlying system that supported the identification and development of innovations in these examples.  Then, encourage individuals to apply a similar approach in your own organization.

Start developing a culture of innovation today to generate a steady stream of creative ideas that will accelerate your business.

Many businesses limit innovative activities to particular individuals or particular departments in the organization.  However, this approach may result in missing valuable innovations that could strengthen the business.

A better approach is to involve people throughout the organization and start building a culture of innovation.  Think of your business as an “innovation team”.  People from different parts of the company and with different job functions can work together as a team for purposes of generating innovations.  Everyone has creative ideas, so everyone should be involved in the process of generating innovations.  Train everyone on the Team how to identify innovative ideas and provide examples of successful innovations (in your business or other organizations) that produced dramatic results for the company.

Schedule innovation contests and structured brainstorming sessions to generate creative ideas.  Celebrate successful innovations that increase revenue, reduce expenses, or strengthen the company’s competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Go put on your “Team Innovation” hat today and start developing an innovation culture in your business.

Implementing an innovation strategy in your business may seem overwhelming at first.  I talk with many business leaders who are unclear about how to leverage innovation in their company.  I often hear something like “We are not a technology company, innovation doesn’t apply to us.”  Nothing is further from the truth.  All companies can benefit from innovation, regardless of size, industry or location.

Many business leaders fail to implement an innovation strategy because they don’t know how to get started and believe that it must be a time-consuming process.  However, the innovation process can be separated into a series of small steps that continue reading…

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