Would an executive at your company set up shop in the middle of the IT help desk, hang a gutted fish over his desk and declare, “The doctor is in?” In effect, that’s what Paul Bennett, chief creative officer at IDEO, has done, and he claims it’s helped him foster creativity in a way he previously wasn’t able.
In his New York Times essay, “Where the Fish Swims Ideas Fly,” Bennett says that his role as a “project leader for inspiration” was being stifled because his time wasn’t his own. He found himself highly scheduled, moving from meeting to meeting, sometimes in 10-minute increments. (Sound familiar?) So, Bennett took matters into his own hands: he decided to go to the epicenter of his office’s operations — the IT help desk — and create a workspace there. He hung a light that was fashioned from an actual fish over his desk and when it’s illuminated, the “doctor is in,” so to speak. (read more…)
Today, you’re either innovating or you’re falling behind. 97% of CEOs label innovation as a “top priority” for their company. The best companies are the ones that continue to innovate and have HR departments scouring the globe in a never-ending search for the most creative talent available.
The problem is, internal innovation programs are hard to implement, which is why few do so successfully. Below are three common pitfalls of companies trying to accelerate employee innovation, along with some examples of those that do it right.
1. Designating “innovation time”
You’ve heard about Google giving days off to employees to work on side projects and Quicken Loans’ “BulletTime” initiative. You’ve also seen reports of 3M allowing employees to take hours at a time to work on their own projects. So you decide to implement something similar at your company and are disappointed when no one comes back with the next Gmail. (read more…)