Lead innovation, emphasize opportunities, not problems, and encourage
innovative behavior. Establishing
the culture of innovation
requires a broad and sustained effort.
Questions are critical to
so start with creating
a culture of questioning. Exploration of possibilities,
discoveries, innovation, and progress start with
challenging assumptions, asking searching
“Why?” and “What if?” questions, and plying “What if” scenarios. Encourage
your people to challenge assumptions, and run “The Best Question” contests.
both individual and collective contributions. Celebrate
Develop entrepreneurial staff
and create a
that encourages rule-breakers and
by definition is a
trial-and-error process, but experimentation is also the key to
action, you cannot know whether
or not your innovative ideas will actually work.
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and empowered human capital is the prime ingredient of
organizational success. A critical feature of successful
teams, especially in
knowledge-driven enterprises, is that they are invested with
a significant degree of empowerment, or decision-making
authority. Formulate stretch goals, provide resources, and
empower your people. Find a delicate
between laissez-faire and overly controlling styles.
train your people
Empowerment alone is not enough. You must train and
your people to enhance their
Coaching is the key to unlocking the potential
of your people, your organization, and yourself. It increases
your effectiveness as a
leader. As a coach, you must help your people grow and
achieve more by
asking effective questions
providing feedback. Find
the right combination
of instructor-led training and
coaching follow-ups to achieve success.
Build teams and
is essential for competing in today's global arena.
Build a star team, not a team of stars. Diversity of thought, perception,
background and experience enhance the creativity and innovation.
A team should not just be diverse; it has to
make the most of it. Involve everyone, facilitate
cross-pollination of ideas, build and empower
if you wish to
harness the power of diversity. Challenge people from
different disciplines and
to come up with something better together and
9 Roles of a
rewards do encourage people to produce results. But the kind
of ownership that really
is not financial. It is
– they energize people.
become a positive,
Give people a sense of responsibility and
make them feel that their actions make a difference.
with people frequently and praise them.
Encourage risk taking
risks. Don't play it safe. Making mistakes is essential to
and organizational growth, as long as systems are developed to
learn from failures and to avoid making the same mistake twice.
The more people fail, the more they succeed. They learn from
action, from mistakes, from
feedback, from getting going. Treat failures as learning
opportunities. Develop a tolerance for mistakes and give your
freedom to fail, learn from failures, and start again more
Make business fun
As business today is about
passion and creating new things,
has become a big element in the
of many highly successful businesses.
fun an important part of your
and create an
inspiring corporate culture. "What's really driving
the new economy
– and confounding the grand pooh-bahs of the
old one – is that individuals are having a huge impact. And an
awful lot of fun," writes Edward O. Welles in The Fun Factor.
People should be happy at work and have fun. Encourage
just-for-fun programs. "Find some humor in your failures. Don't
take yourself so seriously. Loosen up, and everybody around you
will loosen up. Have fun. Show enthusiasm – always,” advised