Teams that are diverse and inclusive will drive and support innovation.
How can you dig in more to understand how companies use data to support idea generation or execution, especially if they don’t use a specific innovation tool?
I would argue that being heard and when appropriate, having ideas implemented is a much bigger incentive than any extrinsic inducement.
Biggest barrier to innovation is not carving out time for i. Second barrier for new ideas – people keep thinking it has to be a big idea. Incremental changes can have a big impact
The issue is not about gathering ideas, the problem is the boys club and factions that have vested interest in their own ideas or existing empires.
Dictatorial senior management not interested in innovation or including others’ ideas.
Innovation is difficult if not impossible when the mindset is cost cutting – it takes leadership and investment to make it work in this environment.
My experience is that in most organisations if you generate a good idea, you have to be prepared to get involved in doing the work to implement it. Too often ideas are thrown around, but the idea doesn’t get implemented because no-one will take the next step to actually work on it. I have never had a good idea knocked back but I always take part in the implementation and I think that’s a key difference.
Our biggest barrier to innovation is time.
Innovation is everyone’s business, at every level of the organisation. It must be able to be implemented and it must improve outcomes to be true innovation. Otherwise, it’s just an interesting (or not so interesting) idea.
I responded yes to offering more ideas if incentives were provided however what I think would be a great incentive is a place where ideas are accepted and encouraged rather than barred and dismissed. An encouraging and receptive manager would be a great incentive.
Incentives are the way to get ideas out of employees.
I think innovation is a topic that is often given lip service by senior management, however due to lack of incentives/organisational structure, it is often overlooked by the average worker as they seek to complete daily tasks. I do have the ability to affect changes in my smaller team and drive process improvement etc however not on a broader organisation level.
This survey is an excellent way of raising awareness of the importance of innovation.
Over 1,000 employees have responded.
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