Blog Article Written By: Ray Attiyah, Chief Innovation Officer
Followers of this blog know I am passionate about innovation. It’s not just an idea. It’s a process that includes active implementation. All too often, the idea is great but implementation lacks substance and a terrific idea dies on the vine before it can bloom.
This is my list of five things that will help prevent your next innovative idea from perishing prematurely.
1. Have the determination to break through barriers.
The implementation of any idea always runs up against logjams. You have to push through them to reach your goal. Leaders must especially share the enthusiasm to push forward.
2. Change what speed means for your organization.
Speed kills. Eliminate the term “speed” and change it with “quick”. Speedy operations are usually riddled with mistakes because the goal is completion; quick operations are smart and focus on time and execution.
3. Sharing best practices from other industries.
While the specific problems of one industry may be structurally different than the issues another industry faces, the best problem solving practices are not. Innovative practices are not constrained by SIC codes.
4. Being a catalyst.
Starting the process of innovation is often the most important step. One crazy idea can spark another and lead to an integrated solution previously not thought possible.
5. Thinking positively.
The implementation journey is a long one; positive thoughts lead to positive energy; positive energy leads to positive action; positive action leads to progress; progress leads to innovation. Your brain created the idea to begin with – don’t let it be sabotaged by negativity.
If you are interested in a more detailed piece on innovation, please click on the link to read our thought leadership article: Innovation for Successful Businesses Expands Beyond the Products.