Not another initiative!

Sparking InnovationWhile “initiatives” are great, Mitch Ditkoff, popular blogger and president of Idea Champions, believes they too often are impersonal and only look good on paper!

As a highly experienced “forward thinker” with clients like GE, Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola and General Mills Ditkoff says it is important to spark innovation in others, while avoiding “initiatives.” The point of it all is to work with employees to become proactive, inspired, and successful innovators on the job!

Following are a few of Ditkoff’s tips on how to achieve that goal: 

  1. Be Curious – Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it greatly enlivens the person on the brink of a new possibility.
  2. Listen Deeply – Listening is the main way you can help – not so you’ll have something wise to say in response, but so you can create a safe haven for others to explore the nuances of their new ideas.
  3. Provide Resources – Identify the resources they need: Funding? Software? Collaborators? An introduction to movers and shakers?
  4. Give Feedback – Employees need to hear from you!
  5. Celebrate Small Wins – Innovation takes a lot of time. Big results often don’t show up for years, but you should celebrate small wins! As Tom Peters says, “Celebrate what you want to see more of.”

Click here to view more of Ditkoff’s tips so you can start “sparking” today!

– The IDEAWorks® Team


“A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark.”

~Dante Alighieri


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