AN INNOVATIVE CULTURE BEGINS WITH ACCEPTING THAT THE WORLD REALLY HAS CHANGED AND BEING OPEN TO MORE CHANGES TO COME.
— @faisal_hoque. Former Head of R&D at GE

Over the years of helping companies build new Innovative cultures, disciplines and divisions into their businesses, I have gathered a number of key Insights that have stood the test of time, and have held true to the goal of bringing successful Innovative thinking and practices to any company.

MAKE WAY FOR EMBRACING INNOVATION BY READDRESSING THE NOTION OF “FAILURE”
Rethinking the concept of failure is key supporting Innovative thinking… not all ideas are going to bear fruit, but they still should be brought forward and nurtured to see how they develop, knowing all projects will provide valuable learning.

MAKE ROOM TO PRACTICE INNOVATION BY INCORPORATING IT INTO YOUR DAILY ROUTINES
Find ways to make Innovation ‘present’ in your organization. The more people see it taking any tangible form, the more they anticipate it, and in turn, expect it as an integral part of their day-to-day work life.

MAKE A COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION BY EMBEDDING IT INTO YOUR COMPANY CULTURE
Innovation should not just be considered an 'output', but it needs to be woven into every aspect of your business - and that takes time… small wins will have a big impact.

MAKE INNOVATION ACCESSIBLE BY GIVING EVERYONE A CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE
This can take many forms, including internal Innovation competitions, or building your very own Makerspace or Lab. Making space for Innovation demonstrates that Innovative thinking is a worthwhile investment by the company.

MAKE INNOVATIVE THINKING A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE BY REWARDING THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE
Although most employees, once given an opportunity, are eager to jump in and take on those 'What if...' questions, it is still good practice to provide an incentive or award to help spur on involvement and recognize those who have dedicated the time to help your business evolve.