Position yourself and your team to deliver their best creative work.
- I like to think of innovation as the steps, the process that you take to create an idea and get into the marketplace. Creativity on the other hand is what you do in your head to generate the idea. I look at creativity, the generation of the ideas, the starting point for innovation. - If you foster an environment where people feel safe to be creative, they'll give you their best creative work and in the long run, you'll get far more out of them then just what you knew about them in their day-to-day work.
- Thinking outside the box sends your mind on a wild cognitive goose chase. Searching for an idea that you may never find. You open your mind to a vast wide open space that can overwhelm you. - When you hear the word innovation in conversation, someone is almost always talking about a product or a service. Product and service innovations are great, but I want you to start thinking bigger. There are actually five main targets for innovation. Products, services, processes, technologies, and business models.
- Imagine breaking the group down into smaller teams, pairs, or groups of three. When you work with another person, you give that person your undivided attention. You feel a certain accountability to that other person, to do your fair share of the thinking. - As surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, the new will sweep away the old. The only question, is whether you are the one ushering in the new, or another player who wants to eat you alive.
The first step is to always remain humble and run scared. As Andy Grove, Intel's legendary CEO famously advised, "Only the paranoid survive."