Friday, August 22, 2008

What keeps your company from innovating?

In a recent article at Business Week, Sharon Gillenwater reveals two reasons why innovation does not happen in certain businesses. A reader of hers found two huge setbacks:

1. Employees wonder if they will be fired when they try a new idea and fail.

2. The setbacks of companies own internal structures. Some aren’t set up to encourage innovation.

The best way to encourage innovation in these cases, according to Gillenwater, is to start a small pilot project within your organization. When others see that the new ideas are coming in organically from the organization, the changes throughout the company will slowly follow.

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