Innovation is like working out. A resolution that we have the best intentions to start and keep up with, and necessary to fit into the fast pace of today’s society. It’s also pretty life-changing once you get into the habit of it. But also complex enough that few know exactly what they’re doing.
Most of us are then left not-so-secretly knowing we should be hitting the (metaphorical) gym more often, and far more efficiently. Inevitably, we all look for that simple guidance to help us to reach our full potential — not that we’ll become all-stars and never fail again, but practice is the best path to improvement.
If this sounds familiar, don’t worry. It’s what’s happening with innovation in a lot of companies today. We’re here to help you kickstart your innovation track, guiding you through five exercises that will bring you up to speed.
Consider us your innovation process personal trainer.
The hardest part of starting an innovation track within your company, like any exercise regimen, is to map what you already have, figure out a goal, and get your team aligned and motivated to reach that goal. Figuring out how ‘fit’ you already are plays an important role in your overall programme — you don’t want to do too little, but you also don’t want to push yourselves too hard towards burnout.
These exercises will help you figure out an answer to all of these questions, leaving you able to set the framework of your innovation track. Let’s not mince words — we all know this is never fixed and final. You’ll fine-tune it along the way, and you might find yourself doing this exercise several times. As we said — practicing is the best path, and no athlete ever broke a world record on their first day.
Like most trainers, we’re not going to hold your hand and walk you through these exercises — we want you to do the work!
But we are going to share some tips to make sure you’re moving through each one in the best way. Once you’ve downloaded your posters, use this next section as a guideline. We recommend using the following order:
Here’s where you start to play with all of the information from your completed exercises. This one is more complex, so we’ve mapped it out a bit for you.
On a final note, we should repeat that innovation is not a one-and-done workout, nor is it something that should be done alone. It’s a habit that needs to be conditioned and continued in order to be a peak performer, with as many teammates as necessary. These exercises cover just the beginning, and we’ll continue to update you about the innovation process as a whole over the next few months.
Just remember — in order to reach the finish line, you have to pass start first.
Ready to kickstart your process? Download your set of 5 posters.