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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

Constructive Criticisim

Idea by Basma Al Nabulsi on November 20, 2012
If organizations stop dealing with criticisms in a defensive manner, they make room for constructive contribution to their work plans. Be it a private sector company or a government institution, engaging people through social media produces new content instead of one-way channel communication. Invest in Social Media.

Beer instead of coffee (if you like it)

Idea by Anderson Nielson on November 20, 2012
We do need trust at work. Why not put a draft beer keg adjacent to the espresso coffee machine? Why not really act as you really believe in "freedom and responsibility" in your workplace? People can drink beer to socialize and share new ideas, as they can drink coffee at work to "increase productivity" at work. Why not to being as happy at work as we are in a pub?

Deploy Social Media Tools To Flatten Your Organization & Put Everyone's Opinion on Par w/ the CEO

Idea by Aaron Anderson on November 21, 2012
These days, there are a number of great social media tools that can boost communication and collaborative spaces in both real time & asynchronously. We have been using the Chatter function in our Salesforce CRM application for a while, but have migrated to Yammer as it is unhooked from the database as a more pure communication tool. Getting everyone in the org on board and using it puts every comment & post at par with even the highest member of the operation.

Disciplined Dreaming

Idea by Darwin on November 21, 2012
Create a platform where employees can tell their stories, passions, interests, etc. A social hub to cater the thoughts, the aspirations, and the ideas. From there, we can connect the dots by doing a holistic brainstorming approach, i.e., do what matters most in people, organizations and communities.

Use a cloud-based wiki to get everyone on the same page

Idea by Aaron Anderson on November 20, 2012
We've been using a wiki for our whole team for about two years now. It puts everyone on the same page at the same time, and allows for asynchronous input as well. The big win is shortened in person meetings & we now have an archive that acts as our institutional memory. We can go back two years and answer the question, "how did we handle this kind of problem before?"