Innovation in the office

Jul 15, 2014

Sometimes, mistaken for the purpose of solely developing a new product from scratch, innovation is more than just creativity. Innovation is to create value through new things or ideas for the people. This basic perception of being innovative should be used daily in the office regardless of what designition you fall under.

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Diving further into the depths of how innovation is linked to business in more ways than one, innovation involves deliberate application of information, imagination and initiative. Innovation often surfaces when a company applies an idea in order to satisfy the needs and expectation of customers.

The pillars of becoming an all rounded innovative worker can be highlighted by the 4 C’s of innovation.

Curiosity

First and foremost, curiosity. Being able to brave a questioning mind with pride and humility in the office will not only better your work ethics but also your general personality. Ask questions when uncertainty lingers and ask questions to gain knowledge. Most people shield behind what they are told to do without confronting the purpose of it.

At first, everything you do is a learning process. Once we synchronize these steps into our system, it is only human that we no longer ponder on the thoughts of what we are doing as it has now become a routine. However, learning has their limitations onto the human mind. “Learning” as we call it, does not always reflect one’s curiosity. Instead, it becomes an obligation to follow established rules passed down the office hierarchy. To overcome this unthought-of issue, we should question what we are told. Not to be disrespectful to the commands but to gain an in depth knowledge of what you are told -a clearer understanding, deflecting the robot syndrome many people succumb to.

Care

There are two ways to categorize the ethics of caring. One is to be passionate about your business and two, care about what people think and want from your business. To give tender attention to what you do will reflect on the outcome of your product and services. Habitually, twice the amount of effort is put into what you are devoted to accomplish. Simultaneously, caring about what consumers' opinions are on certain aspects of your product or service allows them to feel connected and part of your company. This is usually achieved through prompt responses to their queries or making necessary changes based on their feedback. How is this related to being innovative? Sometimes a company has to step out of that corporate stereotype in order to meet the needs of consumers.

Commit

The next stage in the process of innovation is to commit. To commit is a bold step where company’s put their new product / service idea out there to the world. It could also refer to the circulation of this new idea around the office for a closer analysis and finalization from the boss. Committing can seem like a scary process as your idea will be judged and questioned greatly especially if it is different and unfamiliar but it will help you improve and get the realest feedback needed to make this idea greater.

Connect

Also compromising of two factors to connect would refer to stage three and stage five of the this innovative concept. The first, would be the combination of ideas that helps your derive at your end product, enabling you to merge concepts together to better your creative plan or idea. This then leads to the connecting of ideas where different inputs come together. Just like the old saying, “two heads are better than one” it really leaves an impact when it comes to innovation.

Lastly, connecting with the masses. Using the right channels, combined with the right technique to reach consumers is all part of innovation. The team has to strategically plan on the most efficient way to get their idea or product noticed by their audience. If the idea or product fails at this final stage, all effort would have gone to waste. It takes heaps of practice, planning and research before hand to master.