Keeping yourself Innovative in the Workplace

lessons from our LAB

April 8, 2015

Keeping yourself Innovative in the Workplace

Renee is a energetic and tech-obsessed intern with a love for business and marketing.

When you're at work, it’s easy to settle into a routine and not push yourself to consistently come up with innovative work and ideas. The key is to make innovation part of your routine. The easiest way to do this is to intertwine innovative habits with your daily habits. Here are a few tips for increasing your day-to-day innovation.


Take Risks

One major part of innovation is not being scared of failure. Think outside the box, and put your ideas out there! When you have team meetings, participate often and offer possible ideas and solutions. Expressing your thoughts will keep your mind active, and your team will appreciate your go-getter attitude. However, accept that not every idea you have will succeed. Don’t let a failure crush your creativity; see it as a chance to learn and grow.

Develop a Desire to Learn

Don’t settle for being an expert in one thing—keep moving forward and keep learning as much as you possibly can. Having a craving for knowledge will keep you on your toes, spark your creativity, and push you into problem-solving mode. When you have downtime, see what your employees are doing and watch them carry out their craft. You can learn so much from your employees just by being observant!

Understand your Limitations

Understand when a task is becoming tedious, overly time-consuming, or even not getting enough time. Set simple limitations for yourself as guidelines to keep you focused. Whether it’s deciding to work on a task for 30 minutes every day or setting specific dates for progress, managing your time wisely will leave you with more time to be innovative. As a result, you will be able to continuously work on and progress your ideas.

These are just a few ways to make innovation a habit in your daily work life. Next time you encounter something that blocks your innovative mindset, challenge yourself to overcome it. Find ways to push past what inhibits you, and remember organizations don’t innovate; people do.

Featured Photo, Phoenix. StringCan Interactive. 2015.

Image by Syed HJ via Flickr CC

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