Innovation

by Cathy Dunn and Phil Allcock

Common questions

  1. What exactly is innovation?
  2. How can I help others be innovative?
  3. How does innovation happen?
  4. What can I do to be innovative?
  5. What might get in the way of innovation and can I do anything about those blockages?
  6. Is there anything else that might be worth looking at?

 

1. What exactly is innovation?

Innovation is about seeing connections and introducing new ways of doing things. It’s something new or different which has arisen from a study of what exists now or from experimentation with other things.

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2. How can I help others be innovative?

Innovation is easy to squash though words and deeds. Don’t be a blocker; just keep an open mind and work hard to understand what others are suggesting.

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3. How does innovation happen?

There’s a five-stage process and some fundamental principles that can help and support you to ‘do innovation’.

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4. What can I do to be innovative?

There are many easily-accessible techniques that you can use to support you in being more innovative. Some you will already know and use; others may be new to you.

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5. What might get in the way of innovation and can I do anything about those blockages?

Fear of failure is often a key stumbling block to the challenge presented by innovation. There are, though, some relatively straightforward things you can do to anticipate and overcome these.

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6. Is there anything else that might be worth looking at?

There are lots of places to look for inspiration about innovation, but it can be overwhelming. You’ve probably tried a Google search and found many thousands of hits – it’s a very popular topic – so click below to find links to some great starting points, including books, articles and websites. Happy hunting!

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