April 2016 | Nano Tools | Innovation
Nano Tools for Leaders® are fast, effective leadership tools that you can learn and start using in less than 15 minutes — with the potential to significantly impact your success as a leader and the engagement and productivity of the people you lead.
Contributor: Adam Grant, PhD, The Class of 1965 Professor of Management and Psychology, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and author of the New York Times bestsellers Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World and Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives our Success.
Improve innovation and diversity by encouraging everyone on your team to think outside the box.
Many managers mistakenly believe that to fuel and sustain innovation, they need to rely on outside hires, assuming that new ideas and approaches come only from a subset of uniquely creative individuals. In fact, there’s evidence that under the right conditions, a wide range of rank and file employees can be a continuous source of new ideas.
Encouraging originality not only drives innovation; it works against the inevitable stagnation that occurs when everyone thinks in similar ways. Giving employees opportunities and incentives to think outside the box helps the entire organization become more nimble in today’s volatile business environment.
Here are four suggestions for encouraging original thinking.
Read Part 2 of Everyone Is an Innovator: Building a Culture of Non-conformity.
Nano Tools for Leaders® was conceived and developed by Deb Giffen, MCC, Director of Innovative Learning Solutions at Wharton Executive Education. It is jointly sponsored by Wharton Executive Education and Wharton’s Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton Professor of Management Michael Useem, Director. Nano Tools Academic Director is Professor John Paul MacDuffie, Professor of Management at the Wharton School and Director of the Program on Vehicle and Mobility Innovation (PVMI) at Wharton’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management.
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