Leslie Caccamese -
October 17, 2011
I wanted to take a few minutes to share some of the lessons learned at last week’s Conference, Enabling Innovation: Creating Workplace Cultures where Ideas Flourish.
“Fail fast, fail frequently” and fail before you go to market, was a theme that emerged early and carried on throughout the day. Leadership’s attitudes toward failure lay the foundation for a culture of innovation; in a workplace where experimentation is encouraged and failure is viewed as an opportunity to learn, employees demonstrate a willingness and an eagerness to bring their best ideas to light.
Below are a few other themes that emerged from our presenters:
At great workplaces, a good deal of energy and intention is focused on how to facilitate innovation. These companies are not just craving creativity, they are creating programs, practices, and processes to manage the creative process throughout the organization. And since this is tied to talent, communications, and collaboration, HR is leadership’s main partner in creating these cultures of innovation.
Does your company have practices in place for collecting and vetting new ideas? Has the collective force of collaborative innovation benefited your company?
Please feel free to comment on your experience at the Enabling Innovation Conference below.
Leslie Caccamese serves as Interim Program Director and is an avid blogger for Great Place to Work®.