It’s one thing to say you want a culture of innovation. It’s another to actually get everyone truly innovating. We hear it all the time from the executive suite—take more risks, embrace uncertainty, learn from failure.
The problem is that these mandates don’t necessarily move the needle. In fact, if they become seen as leadership lip service, they can actually lower morale and stifle the very innovation you want most.
So what can you do? You can start by building an innovation tool kit.
Fast Company’s Soren Kaplan outlines a step-by-step approach to fostering innovation inside a company, from setting the right goals to finding the best tools. As he explains, “Creating a culture of innovation is an inherently ambiguous process. When done right, an organization’s innovation tool kit and culture can become the ‘invisible advantage’ that leads to a continuous stream of incremental improvements, major advancements, and if you’re lucky, even a disruptive innovation.”