Innovation, the first step – dare, change, take a risk

Innovation is about the first step

Innovation is the buzzword of the late naughties, but what does it mean?

Innovation is the act of introducing something new

 

Often we focus on the act of creating, indeed many training and development programmes look to developing creativity in order to create innovative cultures. Is this right?

Innovation can mean two very different things, I suspect that often we confuse the two. many organizations take innovation to be something to do with product and R&D or technology. This is indeed a very specialist area, however it is not for the technology people to hijack a valuable culture and change methodology and approach. In the service sector, in public sector and the NHS we need to look at the culture (how we do things) and the behaviours to deliver added value. This piece looks at innovation as a strategy everyone in an organisation can use to increase productivity, morale and the business as a whole.

You only need to look around. Look at  – peoples houses, their gardens, their cars, their sense of fashion – creativity is everywhere. Unfortunately the culture of many work places encourages people to leave their creative brains at the door when they come to work every day. We need to focus not of the act of creation, but the ability to allow people to be creative. To do something with the ideas.  This is about culture.

In western society we seem to treat risk as bad. Indeed even the dictionary defines it as:

  • The possibility of suffering harm or loss; danger
  • A factor, thing, element, or course involving uncertain danger; a hazard
  • source: answers.com

    Without a ‘risk of loss’ there is no opportunity of gain. Lets look at how we may feel if we change the definition:

  • The possibility of winning or being successful
  • A factor, thing, element, or course involving uncertain success or achievement
  • source: rapidbi.com

    The ability to “take a risk” is essential if we want to change the status quo. We need to embrace change. Indeed I would go as far as to say:

    Innovation is achieved through creativity AND change preparedness

     

    What are the barriers for you taking a chance, daring do take the first step. I love this video – what does it mean for you in the context of innovation and change?

    In the Innovation Equation by Byrd & Brown Innovation is defined as:

    Innovation = Risk Taking * Innovation

    If Risk taking (act of doing something) is the same as change preparedness – then this is indeed a valuable approach to changing the culture in our organizations.

    What will you dare to do today?


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    About Mike Morrison

    Mike Morrison is a consultant and change agent specialising in developing skills in senior people to increase organizational performance.
    Mike is also founder & director of RapidBI, an organizational effectiveness consultancy.

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