A key part of making the shift to a more agile organisation is learning how to become more innovative. Before we learn more about the Making Shift Happen approach to innovation, let’s first define what innovation is and why it’s important.
What is innovation?
The definition of innovation is often overcomplicated, so at Making Shift Happen we have come up with a simple definition of innovation:
Innovation is a process for creating and implementing valuable ideas that positively impact any area of your organisation.
People often tell us that they don’t need to be innovative in their work. We gasp with disbelief when these words are uttered! All roles require ideas in some form or another, therefore we can all benefit from learning how to become more innovative. It doesn’t matter if the ideas are big or small, they all matter in a rapidly changing world!
Why is it important?
There are many, many articles, papers and books written that show the benefits of innovative organisations. These benefits include:
- Increased agility – valuable ideas fuel agility
- Increased ability to solve problems creatively, identify new opportunities and find smarter ways of doing business
- Improved collaboration internally and externally
- Higher employee engagement levels
- A more empowered workforce
- Identification of new markets, new customers and new products
- Happy creative workers and happy customers
Our Approach To Innovation
The MAKING SHIFT HAPPEN innovation formula:
Innovation = Know x Connect X Grow X Action
Know – This phase of the innovation process uses our Making Shift Happen tools to clearly get to know/define your problem or opportunity.
Connect – This phase of the innovation process involves using our Making Shift Happen tools to connect with key stakeholders and/or customers to deeply understand the unmet need.
Grow – This phase of the innovation process uses our Making Shift Happen tools to spark and grow valuable ideas
Action – This phase of the innovation process uses our Making Shift Happen tools to decide what ideas to covert to projects and take action on.
Innovation has a best friend!
Who is innovation’s best friend? Stop, pause and think about the answer for a minute.
Yes, you probably guessed that it’s creativity!
It is not enough to mechanically use our tools and work step-by-step through our innovation formula. You also need to behave in a more creative way when you are working through our innovation process. Behaving creatively will help spark new ideas and insights as you work through the innovation formula. Innovation and creativity work in tandem. The innovation formula gives us a process for “doing” innovation and creativity describes how we need to behave as we work through the process.
Click here to find out more about our innovation offerings.