Debate and Opinion Drives Innovation

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 at 01:29

We’re always innovating at G Media. We’re never short of creative ideas; innovation’s basic building block. Innovation begins when people convert problems to ideas and new ideas result from questions, problems and obstacles. G Media staff are encouraged to think differently and to critique conventional wisdom, including challenging your colleagues.

How often have you sat in a meeting where an idea’s been tabled and it seems like everyone agrees with it…except you? The best thing you can do is to voice your opinion. Differences that normally divide people, such as problem solving styles, can be used to fuel the innovation process within an organisation.

Recently, I proposed an idea. The economics made sense. It was a different approach and has potential to add value to G Media. There was lively and vigorous debate; however, the idea wasn’t shelved but required more detail. The inquisitorial nature of the discussion was a boon. It made me reflect on how people conceptualise formative ideas and I walked away with two fresh ideas.

Do yourself and your organisation a favour and don’t waste an opportunity to stimulate creative thinking among your colleagues by respectfully critiquing ideas in their formative stages.

- TH

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