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Innovating Innovation

With the Innovating Innovation challenge we’re looking for your stories and hacks on how to make innovation a real capability in organizations.  With the Quick MIX, we gave you an easy way to engage and inspire others on a related question: what is the one thing you’d change to make organizations more innovation-friendly?

Like the M-Prize, this process was open to everyone.  The best contributions are being recognized on our blog, on HBR.org, and in the social media channels of the MIX, Harvard Business Review and McKinsey & Company.

What is the one thing you'd change to make organizations more innovation-friendly?

Submitted Ideas

Diversity: The mother of creativity and innovation

Idea by Shilpa Ranganathan on November 20, 2012
There is diversity in the world but not always in the workplace especially technology fields.Diversity is key for creative thinking.It provides the variety of perspectives and experiences that spark creativity,problem solving and innovation to propel organizations forward.Blending different expertise yields innovation.So in addition to gender diversity lets all build organizations where there are diversity in skills,demographics,thought,lifestyle,ethnicity, education and socioeconomic experience

Make Every Voice Count.

Idea by C Basilovecchio a/k/a justaluckyfool on November 21, 2012
Read and listen to every, yes every new idea. Challenge, improve, or agree. “Believe nothing merely because you have been told it…But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis,you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit,the welfare of all beings – that doctrine believe and cling to,and take it as your guide.”- Buddha[Gautama Siddharta] (563 – 483 BC), Hindu Prince, founder of Buddhism

Add More Military Leaders to Executive Ranks

Idea by Nan Mehta on November 26, 2012
Former military leaders develop some of the best innovation-friendly cultures. They have the intuition, humility, fierce fairness and resolve for coaxing employees towards being creative and reaching their full potential. They use a blend of inspiration, support and opportunity-alignment in a way that ensures success.They are the truly fearless leaders, awesome advocates and great mentors required by employees today to achieve the massive change initiatives organizations are undertaking.

Moving the needle in the less sexy workplace

Idea by P T Navendra on November 22, 2012
It's easy for a group of innovators to discuss innovation. Lets look at the "average" organization. Yes, the ones falling in the lower tiers of the sexiest place to work list, the ones that don't get to employ the cream of the resource pool, the green fields of innovation opportunity, if you will. We should be able to interconnect our champions here with innovation drivers like the MIX to help set up internal innovation programs. We need to create an awareness for the want of this social help.

Create an environment that favor both extroverts and introverts

Idea by Tracy Huang on December 5, 2012
A lot of times we hear "to be successful you need to be assertive and outgoing". But people are born with a certain type of personality & they may not want to change that. Introverts may not be as eloquent as the extroverts; yet that doesn't mean their opinions are not important. They just need an envionment, or a new kind of management style, they feel most comfortable with to express themselves. See how Susan Cain describes the power of introverts at TED http://bit.ly/R8wuaa

Forgotten to listen

Idea by Joanita Bonnier on November 20, 2012
The current economic crises reveals the dramatic state of current leadership in practice. Many leaders still believe that with a title comes a touch with some sort of a magic sword that makes them all knowing and powerful. And better than all the rest. To make organizations more innovator friendly I would like to force all leaders to experience the enormous wealth in talents, intelligence and ideas in their companies. Give room, listen actively and innovation will flourish.

Customer Enables you to Innovate

Idea by Devi Prasad on November 19, 2012
Tracking pattern of customer behavior enables lot of innovation in business. If every individual in a organization involves him/her to "brainstorm" or "Informal discussion" on everything related to your business & customer satisfaction,tend to brings out the innovative thinking in you. Innovation can happen by anyone in the organization as long as there is scope available to think and experiment.