Having advised and worked on innovation teams, I can say that there is no one best way to tackle this challenge. Every company seems to have its own approach and there are a lot of schools of thought on how to best navigate some of the common challenges. If I had to choose, I'd probably say my top three high-level recommendations are 1) outline a clear strategy for the team, 2) ensure there is a strong commitment from management, and 3) be proactive about removing roadblocks to executing the team's strategy. It may sound overly simplistic, but developing a solid foundation will help clear the path so the team can focus on the big challenges they face: finding the right innovation to test and securing the buy-in to move it forward.
Why not allow employees to put forward innovative suggestions that would benefit the company? Employees who suggest the most innovative ideas to save the company money or offer a more efficient way of working could receive incentives.
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Hello there! After over 25 years working with business owners, entrepreneurs, and their team members, I think it's fair to say that Innovation is a Discipline of increasing our openness to receiving new information. Recently, I have found Larry Keeley's new Book, "Ten Types of Innovation" to be the most comprehensive guide out there yet, and would encourage you to check it out as it is written to be an easy read, and compartmentalizes those areas of innovation that are of most interest to you. You don't have to read it cover to cover, to get it. Hope this helps! Wishing you all the best on your journey! Trae
Keep an external focus.
1) Instruct your team to network amongst their clients at least as much as (I would say even more than) they network amongst their peers.
2) Regularly ask your employees for new ways to describe what they do. Make them use new words and jargon every time, this will keep ideas fresh.