On Becoming an Innovative Culture

Becoming a truly innovative culture is a long and arduous process. No silver bullet exists, and the process is fraught with obstacles. Some actions can help:

•    Leadership Priority. Leaders must make innovation a priority for the organization. They talk about it, send out articles, hold ideation sessions, and provide resources for it.

•    Innovative Attitude. Leaders can create a culture where risking is honored and mistakes are learned from, not punished. This type of attitude must pervade management actions and communication.

•    Action Learning Groups and Round Tables. Innovation takes high levels of collaboration. Leadership can mandate creation of such groups. These groups can be coached or trained to ...

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