How to Manage to Foster Innovation

Innovation, or lack of it, is a hot topic right now. The Globe and Mail recently reported that the Conference Board has slapped Canada with a grade of D for innovation this year. Comparatively, Switzerland gets a shining mark.

My friend Valerie continues to make my morning search for Workplace Learning Today content a lot easier by sending me great content. This post describes nine management techniques that foster innovation.

Lesson One: Herd Your Black Sheep
“I want artists who are frustrated. I want the ones who have another way of doing things that nobody’s listening to”Lesson Two: Perfect is the Enemy of Innovation
Sometimes good enough is, well, good enough.
Lesson Three: Look for Intensity
“Involved people can be quiet, loud, or anything in-between—what they have in common is a restless, probing nature”Lesson Four: Innovation Doesn’t happen in a Vacuum
“If we can interconnect all our strengths, we are collectively the greatest animator on earth.”Lesson Five: High Morale Makes Creativity Cheap
“If you have low morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about 25 cents of value. If you have high morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about $3 of value. “Lesson Six: Dont Try To “Protect your success”
“… don’t play it safe—… do something that scares you, that’s at the edge of your capabilities, where you might fail.”Lesson Six: Steve Jobs Says ‘Interaction = Innovation’
Encourage people to come into contact with each other.Lesson Seven: Encourage Inter-disciplinary Learning
“Pixar basically encourages people to learn outside of their areas, which makes them more complete. [and more creative]. “Lesson Eight: Get Rid of Weak Links
“Passive-aggressive people—people who don’t show their colors in the group but then get behind the scenes and peck away—are poisonous. I can usually spot those people fairly soon and I weed them out.”Lesson Nine: Making $ Can’t Be Your Focus
“It seems counterintuitive, but for imagination-based companies to succeed in the long run, making money can’t be the focus.”

Good stuff. (RN) | Gigaom | Carleen Hawn | 17 April 2008

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