Subtraction is the simplest, most common path to innovation. Whether it’s products, services or writing, simplifying is one of the greatest abilities of innovators. Do only certain people hold a monopoly on this very valuable skill? It seems so. New research suggests that humans struggle with subtractive thinking.
How do you develop an organizational culture? It starts with practicing what you preach on a day to day basis; your values and beliefs. And you have to do that consistently, not every once in a while.
As an employee, you can notice the difference when working for a manager that works for you; not the other way around. We’ve all had managers that seemed to believe that being authoritative is the way to lead people; it isn’t. It’s safe to say that we don’t remember these people fondly, nor do we care to mention the things we learned or didn’t learn from them.
The pandemic has changed many of the ways we’re used to doing things. It’s created loss for many, anxiety for others, and frustration for most everyone. Personally, I see people on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram expressing their frustrations about the state of the world and how they can’t wait for things to go back to normal.
The quest for innovation, transforming your business, overwhelms most organizations. Most organizations just don’t know where to start, or worse they believe they’re doing it right. While there’s no 3 step recipe that anyone can follow to innovate, there are principles that make it more certain that an organization is on the right path to innovation.
Innovation has many enemies, chief among them is fear of failure. Many organizations fail because they miss the future, unable to adapt to changing conditions. They didn’t try. And when they did it was too late. All because of fear of failure, fear of being first, fear of taking risks, fear of taking a chance.