How do they do it?

Pixar gets it. So does Apple. And Zappos. Innovation.

Fast Company offers their selections for the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. Pretty amazing stuff if you click through to each company and see what they’ve done.

So how do they do it? How do so many of these companies continue to stay relevant and stay ahead of the crowd? Innovation.

This article is a great resource for how to foster a culture of innovation. Offering seven basic (but not always easy) tips on how to encourage and infuse creativity and innovation into your workplace.

While we may not be creating the next big technological breakthrough or national ad campaign, we all have the desire to make our work better. To have a place to go each day that is invigorating, challenging, and growing.

Same old, same old is no fun. And it certainly doesn’t foster growth and creativity. Do something a little differently today.

  • Hold a meeting somewhere other than the usual place.
  • Have a brainstorming meeting with open-ended questions. Remember: all ideas are welcome and heard.
  • Allow new ideas to happen naturally. Encourage the process and initiative taken by your employees. Too often if people are pressed to come up with new ideas on a deadline, it will just create time-wasting clutter.
  • Do something random, unexpected, fun. A dartboard in the break room or messages of positive affirmation posted randomly throughout your office.

It’s not always easy with the day-to-day pressures and deadlines, but it’s worth the effort. We’ve got our work cut out for us, but it sure will be fun along the way.

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