Keep your innovation muscles strong

Keep your innovation muscles strong
  • Start Conducting Stand-Up Meetings. Convert one of your meetings to a standing one and watch the momentum, enthusiasm, and action soar.
  • Surround Yourself With Inspiration. Whenever you see something that captures your attention, put it on display.
  • Get a Buddy. Encourage each other to keep trying new things. Innovation rarely happens in a vacuum.
  • Pick Small Projects. The benefits of small-scale innovation are huge. They can happen quickly, and they also garner the interest and attention - this paves the way for bigger, meatier, innovation projects.
  • Flip Your Assumptions. Over the course of the day, identify all the tasks you do without thinking. Take a moment to talk about how you could do them differently.

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More tips on practising innovation
  • Ban Things. Having constraints and parameters actually inspire innovation by forcing you to think dynamically and creatively.
  • Get Out of the Office, even if it’s just to walk around the block.  Your mind will start connecting dots between what you see and the problems you left back at the office.
  • Fuel Up on Creativity. Pick something creative to kick-start the morning. It will inspire your attitude and creativity throughout the day.
  • Ask Yourself “What Would My Hero Do?”.  When you’re stumped with a problem you can’t make any headway on, ask yourself what they might do to solve it.

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Creativity and remote work
  • In the discussion about remote work, most of conversation goes around finding ways to make emote workforce more productive and efficient. Yet while productivity matters, creativity often gets left out of that conversation.
  • As remote work will be the new normal for many of us, the discussion cannot be about which is the better place to do creative work. We have to get better at being creative remotely. It’s no longer a nice-to-have.

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Studies show that certain activities that foster a truly unplugged environment, such as hiking in nature, can actually boost creativity by up to 50 %.

Encourage your employees to use all of their vacation time despite work pressures so that they come back to the office refreshed and full of new ideas.

Why humor is a key to success at work
  • People will enjoy working with you.
  • Humor is a potent stress buster.
  • It is humanizing.
  • It puts others at ease.
  • Ha + ha = aha!  Humor is a key ingredient in creative thinking.
  • It helps build trust.
  • It boosts morale.
  • People who use humor tend to be more approachable.
  • Humor can allow your company to stand out.
  • It can increase productivity.

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