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I’m working on a project to drive innovative culture. Any best practices or reference I should know about?

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As a scientist friend told me: innovation is an industrial concept. Make processes and tools more efficient and less manual. Innovation can be as simple as connecting two previously unconnected teams or it can be a full-scale change in how people carry out transctions or make something. Look for unique wins and keep it simple.

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Don’t be innovative for the sake of innovation. Redefine it for the org that you are working for.

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Top-down for an innovative product, look at what opportunities exist in the market and are within your client's skillset to exploit. Then all the standard rules of launching something new come in, and off they go... Incentives and job security type safety will matter, of course.

Bottom-up, listen to @A1 above.

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Innovation takes time to think about a thing. Be prepared to make time, and fund it. This isn’t a +1 on top of a 60 hour work week.

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Also look to see at things that they’re doing today that stifles innovation - which could have to do with other facets of organizational culture like decision making, individual vs team orientation. Often organizations will talk the talk / label themselves as an innovative culture only to find the systems, processes and incentives stacked against this belief.

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Another idea is to get all their executives in a room and help them brainstorm innovative ideas while looking holistically at their culture

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