If you're making a commitment to be more innovative in 2020, it needn't be a chore.
We've had a day off and there are 365 days remaining in the year. Each day I'll be sharing a fun idea to empower innovation for you and your team. By the 31st December you'll have 365 ideas to try, but you can get started right now.
Some of these are individual activities, others are best in a group. Each activity helps to develop one or more of the three keys to an effective innovation practice: consistency, commitment and collaboration.
Idea #1 is to keep an ideas journal. I'm sure we've all had the experience of coming up with a great idea only to forget it later on. The benefits of journaling are well established. It helps to unlock creativity through free thinking and is great for brainstorming, idea capture and self-reflection. A journal need not be formal writing, instead it should be only for yourself, which leaves you free to capture ideas no matter how crazy they might initially seem. A journal can be paper or electronic, whatever works for you.
W.H. Auden said that his journal provided discipline for his 'laziness and lack of observation'. I'd love to hear your experiences with journaling. Give it a go!
I've always been excited by innovation. I started my career as a research scientist in an industry with a clear imperative to innovate. I pursued my PhD in Corporate Strategy to better understand how companies make the strategic decisions that enable innovation. 20 years on, every industry has an imperative to innovate.