Innovation is defined as introducing something new for the first time. If you subscribe to this definition, almost everyone is innovative on a daily basis. This definition is way too broad and it implies that merely doing something new is creative or above and beyond the status quo. Most people believe they are innovative yet they are really working within the boundaries of the existing organizational norms or processes.
Innovation should be tied to value. What can be done to create a new product or way of working that creates value for a stakeholder in the organization? Usually, this involves some creativity. The stakeholder could be a customer or the department that employs you. It may or may not be an extension of something that is done today and sometimes, you will have to go way outside of the operational norms to make it happen. This new solution is a game changer for the organization.
When considering innovation, take a moment to watch this video by Rafa Galeano. In the video Rafa describes innovation in a simple, easy to understand manner.
Now that we’ve defined innovation, consider this question - When was the last time you or your team did something really innovative at work?
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