There are many organizations that excel at innovation (I bet you could name five without pausing). Their success is usually the result of methodical, purposeful focus to drive innovation and an innovation mindset throughout the organization.
There are others companies that struggle to innovate (I’m sure you can quickly name a few of those too). The reasons vary and could include anything from a slow-moving industry (so there’s no pressure to innovate) to an executive team stuck in their ways (“this is the way we’ve always done it!").
Sometimes, the failure to embrace innovation isn’t obvious. It can be subtle: the unenthusiastic response to change, the lacklustre emotion when presented with a new idea. None of us want to be the “innovation killer” in our organization. But are we? Here are the top three signs you’re a roadblock to innovation in your organization --- and more importantly, what you can do to change.
While it’s good to be helpful, sometimes there is such a thing as being too helpful. Some of the best ideas come from gaining a diverse perspective!
Data and research is important in any decision. Too much of it is a time-waster. You hold up innovation when you invest too much time and resources into finding out if an idea is a good one before ever trying it out.
Business is good, clients are returning, cash flow is up and there are no real concerns on the horizon -- changing anything now would be crazy!
The good news is that even if you recognize yourself in the signs above, change is possible! By recognizing that you are slowing or stopping the innovation process, you can proactively work on removing those roadblocks. You'll be amazed by the changes you'll notice in your thought process and the ideas you can spark in your team.