5 Things That are Killing Innovation in Your Company
Sometimes there are factors at play within your workplace that hinder creativity and act as innovation killers without you even realising it.
Knowing what hinders creativity is just as important as knowing what promotes and fosters it.
1. Too Much or Too Little Team Work
Creativity can prosper in two different work situations: on an individual level and in a team setting. Each of these situations provide different opportunities and frames of mind for catalysing that spark of genius.
Individualistic thinking can enable ideas to flow at a highly focused and deep level. By comparison, the energetic and dynamic atmosphere of team problem solving generates ideas at a rapid rate. Though different, each is equally viable and important for progress and innovation.
If you want more creativity, you’ll have to create a physical environment that can readily echo and support each of these types of situations. The environment for teamwork is fundamentally different by principle than the environment for individual work.
Create balance by offering opportunities for employee collaboration while also providing quiet places for thinking and focusing. Working individually enables one to deeply attune to the problem. Giving something your full attention can be crucial for creativity. When paying attention to something, you fully immerse yourself in it, something that is not so easy to do in a team setting.
If you can afford to do and support both, create corresponding calm and energetic atmospheres. A cozy zone that is peaceful and perfect for reflecting and researching will be perfect for fostering creativity within an individual. An open space that can seat lots of people will be more suitable for employee collaboration.
If you have limited space, try thinking up of a way to transition from context to context by quickly rearranging furniture when the occasion calls for it or by scheduling particular slots in a day where teams can collaborate.
2.You’ve Become Detached
A great leader is present and involved within his company.
However, lately you’ve been working extra long hours and going to too many meetings. Ask yourself, have you lost sight of your team and workplace culture?
As you get busier, it’s easier to lose awareness of what’s affecting what. So, you may be unable to identify innovation killers simply because you are so out of tune with your company culture.
If this is the case, you can quickly re-establish familiarity with the state of affairs by asking yourself these few questions:
•How does the team handle failure? Are they aversive?
•What happened the last time there was failure? Was someone chewed out?
•How does the team handle success? Do they take the time to celebrate?
3. You Aren’t Welcoming of the Unknown
By assessing how your team reacts to failure and success, you will get a quick glimpse at the company culture. Analysing reactions to failure is incredibly important because creative and failure are related. Being creative means being able to tolerate risk, mistakes, and the unknown.
If your company culture has a low tolerance for failure or reacts to it severely, you may need to learn how to embrace failure once more. Creativity comes when there is little to no pressure for finding the right answer.
4. You’ve Become Too Attached
The flip side of the coin, equally threatening to creativity, is being overly attached. Instead of being out of the office, a mere ghost in people’s minds, you hover over your employees’ shoulders and make remarks on every single detail.
Either you are either too controlling with a process or you are too attached to a particular solution.
A good leader (one comfortable with delegating) can also fall in the attachment trap by not being willing to scrap everything and start over.
Sometimes, in order to find the right solution and let creativity run its natural course, you must be strong enough to say, “Alright. Back to the drawing board” otherwise, you are only adding weight on top of an already shaky foundation.
Remind yourself and your employees continuously that creation is a form of destruction. In order to innovate and make progress, old systems and ways of thinking must be crushed to the ground.
May be there is no opportunity to showcase creativity within your workspace. If you try to give your employees the chance to be innovators, they will be happier and have a higher sense of work fulfilment. Try creating projects, objectives, or landing clients that also value and require creativity.
Or, perhaps, there is no opportunity for development. After all, creativity is a skill that needs to be nurtured and sometimes taught. Maybe you have creatives that are skillfully talented and capable, but simply don’t know how to step (way out) of the box.
In this case, you can create fun workshops or seminars to teach or reintroduce your team to the creative process.
Creativity is crucial for business success and innovation. When your employees know you appreciate and truly respect creativity, they will deliver.
Unfortunately, sometimes a few things in the workplace may be hindering the momentum. Propel creativity by being involved just the right amount, but don’t meddle. Find balance. Don’t be too present or too absent, otherwise your team will feel either overshadowed or uninspired by you.
Create opportunity in your workplace for teamwork to blossom by creating environments suitable for all working situations.
What are some of the things that you have seen to kill creativity in the workplace?