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How to be an innovation manager

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By Lee Polevoi

The best companies understand that innovation isn’t the sole province of the people at the top. Managers in these companies promote fresh thinking, rather than adhering to policies and procedures that tend to stifle creativity. They recognize that ideas for improved products or services, as well as new ways to cut costs and streamline operations, can come from anywhere within the organization.

Here’s how you can bring valuable change to your company:

Get everyone involved

Regardless of a person’s role, each team member has the potential to contribute new ideas but needs to have an emotional stake in the process. Encourage employees to share their thoughts during staff meetings. Let them know your door is always open.

Get rid of red tape

As a manager, you know better than most which internal processes tend to gum up the works. Identify areas of red tape and work to eliminate or bypass them.

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