Monday, May 15, 2023


Innovative organizations build a free environment in which people are encouraged to think differently and solve problems alternatively.

Innovation is the process that can be managed; the first step first is to clarify what innovation is all about, in order to manage it seamlessly. Because how an organization orchestrates to generate ideas, manages creative activities, measures performance results, etc, is determined by how that organization has decided to orchestrate the innovation effort. 

Innovation is a sustainable and scalable way that can be learned and practiced to create differentiated business value.

Innovation & germination: "Innovare" signifies "to germinate seeds," knowing that, go ahead and innovate by inventing the business, developing a creative workplace, in which people are encouraged to brainstorm for idea generation and development. There is no template which you can apply and suddenly have a creative workforce. It must be done slowly; otherwise, that seems like scattering a bunch of seeds casually, and seeing which ones germinate.

Individually, creativity often happens at the intersection of conscious mind and subconscious mind. The subconscious mind can be thought of like the secret garden, or fertile soil, in which the seeds germinate and grow, creative energy is released freely. So people should understand what connects ideas, what stimulates creative energy. Collectively, how to germinate and grow innovation seeds depends on the nature of the company, its people, and its ambitions. Some people are creative by nature and thrive in a more free-flowing environment and some of their ideas can bear fruits. It’s always important to build an innovative team that can keep germinating creativity seeds and catalyze innovation.

Innovation & beginner's mindset: There is freshness in innovation. Innovators usually have the beginner's mindset, demonstrate intellectual curiosity to ask good questions, make deep observations, and generate fresh ideas all the time. In the digital era of information abundance and fast pace of changes, a beginner’s mind is a “learning” mind; a beginner’s view is from a pair of fresh eyes, led by questioning, not answers.

In conventional settings, people don’t like the ones not from them because they don’t recognize; people don’t like new ideas because they fear failure. In order to become more innovative, stay a novice of some sort, keep fresh eyes, with the beginner's mind, become more inclusive, relearn knowledge as information is outdated sooner than what you thought about. Have courage to say “I don’t know.” It means keeping an open mind, fresh eyes, not over-burdened by previous experience, discovering fresh ideas, and exploring alternative ways to do things.

Innovation & regulation: Although creativity usually implies thinking out of the box. Innovation is about connecting wider dots and applying interdisciplinary knowledge to generate ideas. Regulations, rules and structures provide the “controlling” shell within which innovation teams, organizations can communicate and collaborate freely to create transparency, improve innovation effectiveness. Organizations influence, comply with relevant regulations, manage partnerships, assess and unleash their potential while still aligning with clear vision; and transcend the interdisciplinary knowledge to get to the heart of the matter.

Innovation happens at the intersection of business and customers. It is about looking at how the external world and society are developing itself by following the policies & regulations, obeying the laws or organizational rules, generating and implementing ideas to delight customers. Innovation regulations and rules are not some out-of-date cliche or rigid processes to stifle innovation. Instead, they are based on the set of philosophies behind the methodologies & practices, and they help to shape the mindsets and adventurous activities behind innovation.

The success of innovation depends on visionary leadership, structural management and influential behaviors. Innovative organizations build a free environment in which people are encouraged to think differently and solve problems alternatively. It combines restless dissatisfaction with the current state coupled with the excitement of leading individuals or teams to find innovative solutions that will produce great results consistently.


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