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It is time to agree the future; to put time and effort and resolve into designing a new, innovative, agile organisation
It’s a rainy day, there’s not a lot happening, so you thought you might just dig out that jigsaw puzzle which you’ve been meaning to tackle for ages. You’ve studied the picture on the lid so you know what you’re aiming for, you’ve gathered a team of friends or family around you to help, but as the pieces cascade onto the table you’re really not sure how to start. Do you go for the corners or the edges, do you start looking for patterns, or do you go for a scattergun approach in which everyone tries a bit of something and you hope that something emerges before everyone gets bored and wanders off?
Quite frankly, if you haven’t got a plan and you haven’t designed some quick wins in along the way then the jigsaw is doomed. Moreover, next time you try and tackle anything similar you will meet with even more resistance as people remember the previous half-hearted attempt. Sounds familiar? Well it certainly will be if you adopt the same approach when looking to build a culture of innovation within your organisation.
In fact this third stage of the process represents the tipping point between moving towards future success and sliding back into torpor. You’ve taken the time to understand why a culture of innovation is so important and what it can do for your organisation and you’ve assembled the team. Now it is time to agree the future; to put time and effort and resolve into designing a new, innovative, agile organisation which provides exceptional customer experiences as a matter of course. Plan well and your new vision and values will go a long way to carrying you through to an entirely new chapter in your organisation’s story.
Building a Culture of Innovation is being published by Kogan Page on 3rd December and is now available for pre-order.