To what extent are you responsible for innovation in your company? The reality is that unless they’re in research or product development, most people in organizations don’t think of themselves as innovators. In fact, many managers discourage their people from inventing new ways of doing things — pushing them instead to follow procedures and stay within established guidelines.
It’s not easy to foster a culture of innovation, especially when there are day-to-day pressures to perform and conform — which is why many managers pass on the responsibility for innovation. But the reality is that everyone has the ability to innovate; and if you can tap into that ability, your organization has a much better chance of success.