In non-technical language, innovative management is any process that involves changes in planning, ideation, technical execution and production of resources in a way that can make a system more functional for people. In context of business, it focuses on two major objectives:
In the former case, it takes into consideration the leadership, management and resources that make up the working machinery of an organization. In the latter case, it works on the systems and processes involved in creative and technical aspects of developing a product/service. An effective innovation strategy results in better performance of employees, increased productivity and higher customer satisfaction.
Applying these 13 practices will help you create an effective innovative management strategy that will foster creative thinking in your organization:
Unlike need-seekers, innovative organizations consider innovation as their core business value. They do not seek innovation as a need-based thing and instead consider it as a continuous phenomenon which is crucial for their growth. By implementing innovation as a fundamental business value, they are able to create an environment that fosters creativity.
The world’s leading innovative organizations are always the first ones to lead a trend. From Ford motors to Apple, you will learn that these organizations were the first ones to take initiatives in their respective industries. Ford Motors pioneered the “line assembly” mechanism which introduced mass production of cars, while Apple revolutionized the IT industry with its production of sleek-designed products that enhanced mobility and increased performance.
Truly successful innovative organizations integrate an effective IT infrastructure that enables smooth flow of information. Such a system ensures a seamless sharing of information and access to ideas which results in higher collaboration and better engagement across the organization.
All innovation-friendly organizations practice a seamless systems and processes that support creativity at every step. A production manager cannot better the design of products if the finance department is not allowing sufficient budget to execute the process.
Similarly, an IT manager cannot integrate an effective collaborative system in business applications if it lacks a supportive IT infrastructure. For a successful innovation strategy, all your processes and systems have to merge together to make your ideas a reality.
Innovative organizations apply metrics tools for their creative and development processes. Their success depends on how much time and money is spent on implementing innovation in the organization. The following metrics can be used to measure the success of their innovation management:
Successful businesses are not afraid take risks where others may be reluctant. By experimenting and risk-taking, they are able to put new products and services on the market and improve their business processes and strategies.
An innovative business is run by a creative team. Innovation-minded managers recognize the power of a creative team and never hesitate to spend on their training. Effective innovation training programs motivate employees to find creative ideas that can improve work processes and enhance their productivity.
The world’s leading innovative organizations acknowledge the creative talent of their company with incentives and rewards. By appreciating work of their talented workers, they give them a strong reason to exercise their creative muscles in betterment of the organization.
A creative leadership team is crucial to inspire the workers for creativity. World’s most recognized innovative organizations have a certain pattern of innovative thinking that transitions from top leadership to the junior staff. Leadership stimulates creative thinking that the technical staff implements in their work processes.
In an organization, the definition of innovation has to be shared unanimously by leadership stakeholders. Unless all the senior management agree upon a unified interpretation of innovation, it will be difficult for an organization to implement creativity at the grass-root level. A contradicting definition of innovation creates glitches in creation, execution and application of innovation in an organization.
Innovation comes in raw form. It needs to be refined before it could be implemented in a system. Similarly, innovative companies have right people and resources to convert a potential idea into a tangible result. They have intellectual, technical and financial resources to make an innovative concept a reality.
Majority of innovative organizations design their workplace to inspire creativity. Google, Facebook, Nokia and Dropbox all have an artistic workplace that induces creativity and stimulate new ideas. No wonder these organizations offer their clients amazingly creative products and services.
Innovative organizations are never complacent with their success. They always look for creative and novel strategies that could help them develop their working processes and enhance their products. As they are always open to new ideas, they are able to develop creativity around their working approach which enables them to serve their clients with better products.
By Rochelle Ceira
Rochelle Ceira is a marketing consultant at a digital marketing firm that specializes in monitoring social trends and penetrating lead funnels. When not working, she loves to blog on innovation in digital marketing, trend shifting analysis, etc.
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