How to foster a culture of innovation in your team?
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1. Set a clear vision

1.1 First, key goals, pain points of the company, then processes and tools; please remember that innovation is not an end in itself, but part of a healthy system.

1.2 Identify the key points in your company that are a favorable environment for innovation and, based on them, create a clear, understandable description of what you mean by the word "innovation" and what the process of working with it is; do not use complex terms, jargons, or double meanings.

2. Create a safe space

2.1 Harsh criticism, cruel jokes, punishments for showing initiative and independence, nagging, gossip, talking behind one's back are some of the symptoms that indicate that the team is not ready for innovation; innovation requires a safe space based on respect, caring, gratitude and goodwill.

2.2 Closely monitor the first manifestations of positive changes, create instant positive reinforcement, praise, thank, emphasize the importance, celebrate the first victories and achievements. Take special care of the first sprouts of innovative thinking, and then there is a chance that after a while your flower garden will bloom.

3. Encourage collaboration

3.1 Along with the creation of favorable safe conditions described in the previous paragraph of the article, it is important to create a healthy culture of collaboration.

3.2 Powerful ideas and solutions often emerge from the intersection of different perspectives, knowledge, and experiences; this is good ground for innovation. The sincere desire of each team member to do everything possible to bring maximum benefit to their team creates a synergistic effect that allows them to create and implement innovations as efficiently as possible.

4. Provide resources and support

4.1 In order for the innovative activity of your team to strengthen its roots and turn into a beautiful large fruit tree, treat the first shoots with special care; your love, attention, patience and time are especially important.

4.2 Any task, process, program requires resources, innovation activity is no exception. Please remember that innovation comes with risk, so plan your budget wisely and don't make bets you're not willing to lose.

5. Challenge and inspire

5.1 Be a leader for whom innovation is not just words, but a part of life, explore, experiment, create - the burning happy eyes of a leader are much more effective than words and instructions.

5.2 Create an atmosphere of constant adventure, fight boredom and routine. Let there be an atmosphere of creativity and joy; let there be an atmosphere of inspiration.

Key points

1. Innovation is not a throwaway toy, but an important tool in creating a healthy team culture: please take it seriously and carefully.

2. Build your innovation system on a solid foundation - respect, care, gratitude and goodwill.

3. Be an example and ambassador of innovation; not only talk about it, but do it.

4. Provide team members with the resources they need, thank and praise them for making early positive changes, and celebrate victories and achievements.

Good luck!
Methodologist of Guidbase
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