The startup scene today is an overcrowded space where companies are constantly vying for talent. But hiring talented people is only the first step in cultivating an innovative and creative environment. Building a workplace where there is a constant exchange of ideas involves finding the right formula for your company and culture. You can’t force creativity, but the right setting will put your team in the right frame of mind to find imaginative solutions.
Here are few ways in which you can innovate at work :
- Turn the words, “I can’t” to “I can”. You are only as innovative as you allow yourself to be. Be bold with coming up with creative ways to get rid of challenges at work.
- Turbocharge your “psychological creativity muscle” and catapult yourself into problem solving mode. Don’t wait to be confronted with problems before coming up with solutions. Look for what is not working well and come up with an innovative solution to improve it.
- Collaborate and access available assets. Realise that no man is an island. You can never innovate alone in an organisation. You need support, buy-in and a change of behaviour for any innovation to succeed. Collaboration and widen your network.
- Be Persistent. Believe in yourself and your ideas. Once you had any innovative idea nailed down, be laser sharp focused to do what it takes to achieve an end result that you envisioned.
- Identify potential bottleneck. Why should they buy into your innovative solution? Before you sell your innovative idea, give end users a very good reason why they need the innovation that you are pushing.
- Outside the box is where you want to be in order to be innovative. To innovate and impress at work, be sure to think outside the box, but aim to present your idea inside the box.
- Take risks and be ready to fail or make mistakes. Certain amount of risk tasking or failure is inevitable with any innovation. Allow yourself to learn from your mistakes. Never be out off creativity by penalising yourself for an idea that doesn’t work out.
- Let your mind wander often and set your brain free. Your day to day environment and routine can affect how you think and feel. The more stress free and calm you are, the more receptive you will be to tap into your creative sphere. Find a relaxing and inspiring spots that will help to trigger your creativity.
- Scribble things down often. Keep a journal and always scribble down your ideas and thoughts. Practice writing every thought, idea, tip and inspiration own. Practice, lone brainstorming and think on paper.
- Be curious, have the “need to know” attitude and challenge accordingly. You cannot innovate and impress at work if you are not curious. All great innovators are curious and they like to solve problems. Try and go against the grains in how you see things.
Free yourself from mind created constraints. The only way to do this is by removing assumptions and restrictions. Think outside the box in order to stand out. Be enthusiastic about helping to solve problems, open your mind to new ideas and solutions without settling for self-limiting beliefs. Remember, you are as innovative as the rest of them; all you have to do is get creative. Innovation is more about psychology than intellect.