When innovating, things won't always go to plan. When testing new ideas, producing new products, developing new ways of doing things, there will be times when ideas will fail or people will make mistakes. If you want to support true innovation, people need to feel comfortable in failing—in other words, they need to feel safe and not threatened, psychologically.
- Thomas Edison famously stated,…I've not failed, I have just found…10,000 ways that don't work.…Often, the stigma of not achieving success…or the fear of failure…can hold people back when it comes to innovation.…But actually if you view the whole process…as an experimental phase,…where you'll definitely come across challenges,…make mistakes, and perhaps even fail,…you'll start to become more comfortable…with the experimental process.…
Throughout the innovation process…you'll learn so much from testing ideas and approaches,…reviewing progress, and measuring impact.…This learning is invaluable,…but the chances of the entire journey…being smooth sailing and obstacle-free are very slim.…So if you want to enhance innovation as a team,…you need to build an element of psychological safety,…and reduce the stigma associated…with making mistakes or failing.…
Psychological safety refers to trust within a team,…that each member of the team is safe from judgment…and won't be punished if they make a mistake.…I cannot stress how important this is…
- Recognize how team innovation impacts a company’s success.
- Define the psychological components of team innovation, including the challengers, executors, and enablers.
- Determine the component strengths of team innovation.
- Examine the best ways to accept bias.
- Explore the effect of experimentation on innovation.
- Recognize the impact of reflection on innovation.
- Identify the fundamentals of creating a space for an innovation team to thrive.
- Determine the best ways to create an innovation charter.
- Break down the importance learning on the move, which helps helps a successful team innovate to grow.