4. Embrace existing innovation.
There have always been several pockets of innovation in our organization.
Each time I heard of such activity, I tried to share the story with others. My storytelling lifted up the value of innovation by verbally rewarding it.
5. Open the doors to innovation throughout the organization.
One of many things I learned in my six years at the helm is that there are thousands of very smart employees in this organization.
We, therefore, recently launched an online portal that provides all employees a mechanism to share innovative ideas. We have established some initial rules and boundaries, but I am amazed already at what is taking place. Some of the ideas are incredible.
Time will tell if this vehicle is our best approach, but I am greatly encouraged thus far.
The organization I lead and serve has a great history since 1891. We definitely have our challenges but, in total transparency, I must say I am incredibly excited about our future. Innovation is fast becoming our norm.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), how does your organization fare as an innovator? What are some of the challenges you see? What has been done to move the organization toward greater innovation?
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