“10 New Year’s Resolutions for Innovative Teams” – Fast Company Article

December 31, 2010

Following are some excerpts from an interesting article on Fast Company’s website – worth your time to read!

1. DO SOMETHING NEW FOR THE FIRST TIME
Original thinking, disruptive concepts, and new-to-world products demand both inventive and pragmatic thinking.

2. THINK BIG AND DO SMALL
It’s equally important to target small, incremental innovation opportunities that can impact the business today.

3. BE A CONNECTION ENGINE
Take the time to look at your network carefully and identify where you’ve got knowledge, inspiration and expertise gaps.

4. BE RELATIONAL NOT TRANSACTIONAL
Take the time to make sure you really know the people on your team, your colleagues and your partners.

5. CELEBRATE AND COMMUNICATE YOUR SUCCESSES
No matter what anyone says, innovation is hard for many reasons, and having the fortitude to keep swinging takes a combination of capability, commitment, courage, and communication.

6. SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF INNOVATION CLEARLY
Take the time to examine the language you use,

7. PROTOTYPE WITH SIMPLICITY AND SPEED
Rapidly re-prototype your innovation process around speed and simplicity.

8. DO RESEARCH DIFFERENTLY
Challenge your team and research partners to elevate the potency of your research.

9. BE A GLOBAL CITIZEN
staying connected, aware and inspired by what’s happening globally is key.

10. PICK A FIGHT
When you’ve got an opponent to beat, it increases your motivation to win.

Have a great New Year serving the Lord!!

BG