An innovative business is a business that is strong and will be successful no matter the changes they face. Change is constant and with the fast pace of technology advances, it is inevitable that a business will need to make changes and think creatively to solve problems and ensure that they stay ahead of the competition. Being innovative is not that hard, but it takes practice and teamwork.
Meet Innov would like to share our take on how to make your business more innovative. We also consulted Michael Noice’s article on the topic. You can also have a look at some of our previous articles on what innovation is and how to think innovatively.
Ask the right questions – To be innovative, you have to ask the right questions. This means you have to move away from the normal ‘what is the problem?’ or ‘what can we do to improve sales?’ and move towards out-of-the-box questions. Look at an issue from a completely different angle. Ask colleagues or employees to give ideas and proposals. You will be surprised what people who are not so close to the problem can come up with.
Put yourself in different areas – Your position changes as your business grows. You move from always being at the head of things and in the inner workings to an overseeing role. This is an important transition, but it doesn’t have to be the only way. If you truly want to know what is happening in your business, try and see it from different positions and views. Take a step back and look from the outside. Join different departments and see the business from there. According to Noice, you have to switch between being on the frontlines and looking from the outside. This will give you a better idea of where you can be innovative and where change is needed.
Involve other people – This may be difficult for some of you, but it is a great way to gain new perspective and a great opportunity to get ideas you may never have thought of. Ask different people in your business (or all the people in your business) to come up with new ideas and innovations. Between the unrealistic and outrageous ones, you may just find a golden egg or two. It is sometimes necessary to have a different perspective to make the right change.
Dare to dare – If you started your own business, you already know that you need to take risks to grow. If you want to take your business to the next level or start developing a new product or idea, you need to go back to taking risks.
We hope that these points will get you thinking and inspire you to be more innovative. We also hope that these points have helped you to start thinking in different directions. Innovation is great for your business and you should embrace the change. Your next innovative idea might just be something that changes the world.