Change and Innovation
Change and Innovation
It’s not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ~ Charles Darwin As a manager do you feel that you are an initiator of innovation or of positive change? This is a question that managers in all companies need to ask themselves. Innovation and change go hand in hand, as there has to be some sort of change in order to have productive innovation at work. Managers really should consider some of the following: * Making mistakes will happen and should be tolerated. Employees who make mistakes should feel that they can learn from them and get better. Some of the greatest innovations were made after numerous failures. Without these “mistakes” some of these innovations may have never been. Failure can sometimes be the greatest deterrent to employees’ willingness to experiment (Lesser, 2011). * Risk taking should be rewarded. Employees’ and people in general should be encouraged to take risks and work beyond their operational boundaries. This requires that a system of rewards and recognition be in place for those that exhibit stand out qualities. This rewards system should include creative rewards and company wide recognition, but should not be monetary in nature (Lesser, 2011). Having this system in place will keep the moral high and inspire others to continue in their creative pursuits. * Keep communication open. Communication comes in many forms; there are company newsletters, employee meetings, and postings. These should alert employees as to how they are doing and when there are successes and failures. These forums should also spotlight employee ideas and recognition that is due. A good example of keeping open communication is to have monthly employee meetings. At these meetings you can update employees on company progress, have some fun acknowledging employee accomplishments and milestones. This is also a good...
Cited: Lesser, S. (2011, February 2). Workplace Innovation Is Not Spontaneous – You Need Real Change to Make it Go. Retrieved from TLNT: http://www.tlnt.com/2011/02/02/workplace-innovation-is-not-spontaneous-you-need-real-change-to-make-it-go/
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