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Take These 5 Steps To Encourage Team Members to Be Innovative When Their Ideas Are Not Successful

Innovation is the opposite of predictable, it’s messy. It almost never works out as planned and it takes a lot out of people. In most organizations a failed idea means getting fired. Which means people won’t be proactive and contribute ideas because of fear of retaliation. Still, leaders need to encourage and support it. How?

To Drive Innovation Don’t Just Invite Ideas — Be Open To Change

To Drive Innovation Don’t Just Invite Ideas — Be Open To Change

Every organization, of any size, has a culture. Whether it was defined at the start or it wasn’t; it has one. Congratulations if you took the time to define it at the start, because most founders don’t take the time to do it and find themselves defining one when they’ve been in business for many years.

We Need To Think About Failure Differently To Drive Innovation

Mistakes aren’t a necessary evil. They aren’t evil at all. They are an inevitable consequence of doing something new

Yesterday I gave a talk to Foxconn employees and Directors about culture and how it drives innovation. A good way to frame culture is like this: what you reward and what you punish.

With that said, turn your attention to the following tweet:

Your ability to recover from failure fast is just a important as your ability to fail fast

What do all creative cultures have in common? The common answer is that in order to figure out which ideas will work, people move fast to implement those ideas. I’d argue that more important than that is the ability to recover from failure just as fast:

What a culture of innovation looks like

Creating the conditions for innovation to happen is at the top of the agenda for any leader, but in many organizations, innovation is more of a word used between sentences than an outcome. In other organizations, innovation happens in spite of outdated beliefs and structures because someone choose to not play by the rules. In innovative organizations, on the other hand, innovation is business-as-usual; it is a mindset.

Which begs the question, what does a culture of innovation look like?

What’s the secret sauce of a culture of innovation?

This Thursday we’ll discuss “Measuring an innovation ecosystem” on Innochat. Many will argue that to develop a culture of innovation you need talent, support, capital and a host of other mechanisms.

It’s such a common response that many organizations and governments around the world have created their own mechanisms to “drive” entrepreneurship and innovation in their respective ecosystems, but all their efforts don’t matter much because they lack a critical ingredient: culture.

Why? Because many don’t pay attention to culture.

Culture is not mandated, it is shaped by daily beliefs and actions. How do you shape culture?