Innovation

Don't waste others' potential!

You can grow your business by empowering employees to pursue their ideas at work.

Most organisations are guilty of wasting their employees' potential by failing to support them with pursuing ideas.

The problem
If you are a leader in an organisation, then you likely have a bottleneck of ideas.

You have access to lots of smart people with ideas for improving how the business works and delivers value to customer, but very few of these translate into reality.  

This is frustrating and disengaging for employees. As leaders, it is disappointing to fail our people and inhibit our business growth by not empowering employees.

Worse yet, we are wasting the potential of our people and our organisation by failing to support the translation of employee ideas into business outcomes.

The solution
Luckily, as leaders, we can change. If you want to begin alleviating your bottleneck of ideas start by giving your people clear steps on how to pitch their ideas at work.

We recommend using the Press Release/FAQ tool. Announce to your team that they can pitch any idea for improvements within the company and to do so they must fill out a template Press Release & FAQ which you will review.

As you review the PR/FAQs and select ideas worth exploring, give the team that pitched the idea permission to work on it and lead it - they are the natural champions and deserve the opportunity to be a leader of the initiative.

PR/FAQ Tool

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What problem this article addresses:
Innovation is misunderstood and as such 94% of innovation initiatives fail to deliver their desired outcomes.

This article provides a new layman definition for innovation to help you understand what it is and how to do it.

How to set continuous improvement metrics

What problem this article addresses:
Many leaders don't know what drives their desired outcomes (e.g. customer experience).

This article provides three steps you can use to identify unchanging metrics that guide continuous improvement.

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What problem this pdf addresses:
It is difficult to identify where to start when investing in innovation.

This PDF is a guide for creating a high quality innovation strategy which will help you identify which tactics to invest in first.

The surprising power of controllable inputs

What problem this article addresses:
As leaders, we often obsess over our desired outcomes rather than the inputs we control.

This acticle teaches you how to identify controllable input metrics that can guide your teams' focus and strategy.

Why you want an advisor, not a consultant

What problem this article addresses:
As organisations, we often don't distinguish between advisors and consultants, but what we want is an advisor.

This article examines the difference between advisors and consultants.

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What problem this article addresses:
We often stress over making the right first move when we are investing into our innovation capability.

This article lays out how you can continue your innovation capability building journey as a large organisation.

Four mechanisms for culture change

What problem this article addresses:
We desire an innovation culture but don't know what it is or how to foster it.

This article introduces four mechanisms you can use to influence your culture.

Four ingredients to a great business offering

What problem this article addresses:
It is difficult to summarise what makes for a great business offering and therefore to guide people on how to make a great offering.

This article provides a simple framework for evaluating the quality of a business offering.

Should you build an innovation department

What problem this article addresses:
A common question is whether or not you should build an innovation department.

This article alleviates this confusion outlining when and why you might invest into a new innovation department.

Problem canvas - tool

What problem this tool addresses:
We often rush to solution mode before we fully understand our problem.

This tool will help you analyse a problem so that you gain a better understanding of what the problem is and so that you can shift into building higher quality solutions.

Innovation audit - tool

What problem this article addresses:
It is difficult to know where we need to improve our innovation capability as an organisation.

This tool is an audit which helps you identify priority improvements you could be making for your organisation.

Reduce stress by focusing on what you control

What problem this article addresses:
Most people obsess over outcomes outside of their control which leads to unnecessary stress and failure.

This article argues you should examine & define success by what you do control.

Don't waste others' potential

What problem this article addresses:
Most organisations waste their employees potential by failing to support them with pitching and pursuing ideas.