How to Breed Innovativeness in Your Organization

July 31, 2010 by  Filed under: Management 

It is the dream-come-true for modern corporate entities-giving their employees the freedom and the environment to innovate and think, which helps them to bring forward some great ideas that could change the course of the business itself. Businesses aren’t autocratic today; in fact, they have realized the benefit in allowing their employees to innovate. But, even so, most organizations are still stuck in the rut. Their employees don’t dare to dream, which might even deteriorate the business to the point of stagnancy.

You certainly don’t want this to happen with your business. What you want is to give your people the space to invent and innovate, but that doesn’t come just like that. You need to create the stimulus for innovation.

These points are sure to help you in this regard.

Create the Right Impression

With your speeches and your approaches, you should make it clear to your employees that you welcome creative thought. Engage in it yourself and you will find more people coming forward with different ideas and suggestions. If you are an innovator, people will follow the example. Ask your various team leaders to welcome creative thought as well.

Create the Right Environment

Most creative geniuses are stifled out for lack of proper space and environment. These are people who don’t get the right facilities, which could be as small as a table to keep their personal computer on or as large as a whole lab to work in. There are several constraints in giving people these facilities, but you could try for alternative solutions whenever possible.

Giving people the right environment doesn’t just mean giving them the facilities or amenities that they want. It also means you should create the right ambiance for them to think out of the box. Holding events that reward people who have put their best creative feet forward is a good way to motivate more geniuses. People get the feeling that this is one organization that welcomes innovativeness.

Create the Right Focus

Disengaged employees are of no use to any organization. They aren’t going to be productive, and innovativeness is definitely not going to stem out of them. If you take steps to improve the focus in your employees, towards goal fulfillment, then you are going to see more people using the little gray cells of their head. This is a collective effort, and it takes time, but the rewards at the end of it all are quite substantial.

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