Many companies think of innovation too narrowly. Others spend too much time searching for the perfect definition of innovation. Some companies declare a certain group is the innovation group. (But then so what are the other groups doing – non-innovation?!)The best practice leaders recognize and celebrate all innovation in their companies. It can be innovation from a person or team on the manufacturing line or an admin who finds a new way to improve efficiency or the person close to the customer who develops new ideas.
The point is that the leadership drives this attitude by talking about it, celebrating it, rewarding the big ideas and making it important. They make it everyone’s job to be innovative, not a person, or group or a consultant. They make innovation everybody’s job.
Contributors: Wayne Strickland from Wayne Strickland Speaking and Business Consulting