Time to innovate
Are you an innovative sort of person?
For example, how much of your time do you spend thinking about ways to improve your organization's existing products and services — or about ways to make your processes more efficient?
And do you actually put these ideas into practice? After all, this is what innovation is really all about.
At this point, some of you are probably thinking the following: "I just wish my organization would let me be more creative and innovative. It would make such a nice change from the routine of my job. But I just don't have the time for this kind of creative stuff."
Others of you might be thinking something more along these lines: "Oh, no, not someone else telling me that I have to be innovative all the time. What a pain in the backside! I'd rather just get on and do my normal job properly. I haven't got time for these sorts of distractions, particularly when the new ideas are rarely put into practice anyway."
I can understand both views, but here's the bad news. Whatever your attitude to innovation — and whatever excuses you have for not finding the time to be innovative — in most sectors, there is no escape.
If your organization isn't innovative — in its products, processes, customer service, marketing, pricing, etc. — you can bet your bottom dollar that another firm will come along, disrupt your business model and innovate you out of existence. Then you'll certainly have time to think about innovation, but it will be too late.
These twin topics of innovation and disruption are at the centre of the latest issue of Business Spotlight, on sale from 22 February.
In his Business Skills article, Bob Dignen looks at the communication skills that you need when you're making your organization truly innovative.
And in his English 4.0 column, Eamonn Fitzgerald discusses the connection between Donald Trump's "Make America great again" message and the disruption coming from Silicon Valley — which, ironically, could hit many Trump supporters.
Other topics in our latest magazine include Robert Gibson's intercultural article on the next-generation workplace, Elisabeth Ribbans' column on silly job titles, Julian Earwaker's discussion of dealing with pressure at work and Ken Taylor's interview with a magician in our Personal Trainer section.
We hope you enjoy reading the magazine. And, as always, we look forward to your feedback.
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