Inspiring and enabling evolutionary innovation is one of the fundamental jobs of leaders. This is because evolutionary innovation is essential to an organization’s survival and won’t happen on its own. The problem to be solved here is how leaders can inspire and enable that evolutionary innovation.
Fortunately, Tim Ogilvie, CEO of Peer Insight and co-author of the book “Designing for Growth,” has a point of view on how to do this that pivots off permission, protocols and passion. The core of the advice is to:
- Give your people permission to innovate by asking them to solve known problems.
- Put in place protocols that make it as easy as possible for people to innovate.
- Inspire a passion for innovation, problem solving, or at least, contributing.