How to Develop a Culture of Innovation

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Every business wants to be the one setting trends instead of following them, so what simple steps can you can take to foster a culture of innovation?

Maryalene LaPonsie at Small Business Computing offers a few simple tips that could help improve your organization’s ability to be creative and spot new and emerging trends.

For starters, embrace diversity, and not just the traditional categories of race and gender. Look for employees with different personalities, backgrounds and experience so everyone doesn’t think the same way. And then make it clear that you want to hear everyone’s views and ideas.

Embrace failure too. Let your employees know that every idea doesn’t have to be a home run. If they fear the consequences when an idea doesn’t pan out, they’ll be less likely to take chances. That doesn’t mean that you should swing for the fences on every promising idea; a preliminary test may be all you need to gauge a project’s potential.

And give people time to think. Google allows its employees time to work on personal initiatives that may not be tied directly to their assigned duties. So build in time to let your employees explore new ideas.

Adapted from 3 Ways to Cultivate Innovation at Small Business Computing.

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PriyankDeshmukh
PriyankDeshmukh

This was exactly my topic for my Summer Internship Selection process at H&S. I found it extremely interesting and have published a video of my presentation on Youtube. I have identified 3 building blocks for innovation namely - Changing Employee belief , Changing Business Environment and Reward system. The presentation is slightly inclined towards Innovation in the Indian organisation Context . 

Do have a look : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz1aTkCpAiI ,

 I am also wring a blog on various such interesting topics that I come across. It would be great if you can drop in your suggestions and opinions  :  http://moreable.blogspot.in/

value_creation_with_values
value_creation_with_values

It starts with the learnings of good values as a child. These good values as a culture should be imbibed during ones school days/college days, as part of their academic curriculum. Encourage students to think create develop and express without fear of failure. The students should be given an opportunity read books, take classes, to develop new ways of doing things. Subjects on creativity should be made compulsory as Engineering, Medicine, maths, science or any language courses. Once after the students get used to these ways of creativity, innovative thinking and create value for good use may finally improve our standard of living. Government should make it a policy that the schools how ever big or small should encourage the culture of innovation.