Creativity is the spice of innovation
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Companies’ successful innovations are the result of an integrated culture and a discipline that boosts creativity at many levels of the business.
Creativity is a key ingredient in every innovation. process. Nevertheless, an innovative and disruptive idea is not the result of a group of employees who choose random creative concepts. Nor is it the result of taking the lead in launching an original idea.
Many companies tend to confuse creative processes with the implementation of disorganized techniques to generate group ideas. They do not have any kind of restriction or procedure. That is why they make mistakes and launch innovations onto the market that end in failure.
Adam Grant at a conference for Ted Talks: The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers, cites a study of over 50 products categories. In this study, organizations that took the first step and created the market (First Movers) are compared with those that introduced something different or better (Improvers).
In our article “The failures companies make when trying to innovate” explains the main reasons that lead companies to make these mistakes.
The foundations for generating creative ideas
There should be several requirements when generating creative ideas. They act as a lever for ideas to become great innovations. To do so, the following is necessary:
In the light of all the above, we can find several methods that help organizations to develop creative processes to innovate.
These methods alone will not achieve anything if organizations do not adapt their corporate structure and culture to the innovation process. However, when integrated into a well-designed structure, ideas can be generated and we can filter and choose the best solutions to the problems.
Additionally, some organizations use innovation management systems such as Design Thinking, which includes creative methods that help to generate ideas or solve problems, such as:
In the article “Brainstorming and six thinking hats: creativity to innovate” explains some of these methodologies in detail.
Key creative capabilities in an innovative organization
Companies should be ready to implement innovative processes and creative methods efficiently. To do this, they should integrate certain essential capabilities in their DNA for innovation.
Linda Hill – Professor at Harvard Business School – explained in “How to manage for collective creativity” of Ted Talks, that there are three important capabilities in innovating organizations: creative abrasion, creative agility and creative resolution.
For the company to integrate these capabilities, the commitment of everyone is needed. Employees should be able to solve collaborative problems, they should learn based on discovery and commit to make integrated decisions.
If the organization integrates creative capabilities and key requirements to generate ideas, the implementation of any creative method will be simpler. The necessary foundations will already be laid to start a good innovation process, based on its key ingredient: creativity.