You've just reread the vice president's memo, which outlined a new campaign for "Making Things Better." The last sentence read, "We expect every work group to regularly come up with ideas that will improve our products, our services, or our basic processes.""I'm glad to see we're recognizing the importance of creative thinking and constant improvement," you think to yourself. "But how do I get my team to begin generating new ideas—and keep generating them? Where do I start?"
Developing a culture that fosters new ideas can be a real challenge. But it's often essential to an organization's survival. You can help meet the challenge by integrating creative thinking into routine activities and pursuing new ideas with an organized passion. Here are some ways of encouraging your staff to come up with new ideas.Encourage constructive discontent. One way to look for new ideas is to look for problems. Encourage each of your empl...(register to read more)