Via today’s SmartBrief on Leadership, I saw an inspiring blog post, “50 Ways to Foster a Culture of Innovation,” by Mitch Ditkoff of Idea Champions. Here are some of my favorite tips:
#4. Always question authority, especially the authority of your own longstanding beliefs.
#8. Help people broaden their perspective by creating diverse teams and rotating employees into new projects -- especially ones they are fascinated by.
#12. Instead of seeing creativity training as a way to pour knowledge into people's heads, see it as a way to grind new glasses for people so they can see the world in a different way.
#30. Stimulate interaction between segments of the company that traditionally don't connect or collaborate with each other.
#41. Don't make innovation the responsibility of a few. Make innovation the responsibility of each and every employee with performance goals for each and every functional area.
But don’t stop here. Read all 50 tips and be inspired to move innovation to the top of your to-do list in the New Year.