How To Overcome The Hurdles Impeding Your #Innovation Process #smb

getting things done

Just imagine the implications of your building an organization of empowered employees with entrepreneurial zeal seeking out opportunities as opposed to dawdling in the malaise of protective silos.

Just imagine if you don’t.

“When you were made a leader you weren’t given a crown, you were given the responsibility to bring out the best in others.”
Jack Welch

“If a window of opportunity appears don’t pull down the shade.” Tom Peters

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” Steve Jobs

All teams are ultimately innovation teams. Similarly all brainstorming sessions are strategic innovation meetings. That is often where they stop except for the trickle of occasional “Ah Ha’s.”

Teams i.e. the organization develop inertia for several reasons:

The team has a trivial request impeded by bureaucracy and and protective silos. For example a new office, computer systems or new procedures to improve customer service  require a lengthy approval process.

Empower your teams to knock down the small hurdles. Particularly the trivial minutiae so small your employees may not wish to disturb you with.

There is no such thing as minutia.

How does a company fall prey to a competitor? How does an organization lose market share?

How do profits erode or once vaunted innovations no longer achieve sustainable advantages? A project gets behind a  day, then a week. Improvements trickle in. Before you know it a day has become a “well intentioned” year behind schedule. When viewed from this precipice the delays and inaction appear justifiable.

Hence, the little things too minute to heed become lost opportunities hidden away in the little things.

The leader, manager, front-line supervisor and the empowered employee must become the initiator to remove bureaucracy and it’s accompanying protective silos.

You become personally and organizationally not merely the strategists – chief but rather the facilitator of accountable and getting things done. NOW!!

Jim Woods

Jim Woods

Jim is president of InnoThink Group a human resources and leadership management consulting firm. He has an absolute passion for people development and are constantly refining and adapting his programs in order to ensure that they have the maximum impact on those we serve. – See more at:

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Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website

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