Entire delegations of leading business individuals go on inspiration pilgrimages to Silicon Valley to learn from their success formulas. Collaborations with startups are set up to piggyback their innovative strength. And every manager nowadays is busy stimulating renewal. How do you get your people ready for development? This can be done more easily, and particularly with better targeting. Namely with the Innovation Barometer. This barometer maps out your current culture for innovation and creativity. And if you know where the issues lie, you know where to improve. And if you know your success elements, you know how to get the most out of them. In short, with the Innovation Barometer you can set out with great precision to improve your culture for innovation. So people are continually prompted towards development. The result: ongoing innovation!
Science investigates creativity
Scientists from all over the world examine this topic. How do you arrive at new ideas? Which circumstances stimulate creativity? What motivates people to leave the path of ease? And what type of leader ensures growth within a team? Hence, the Innovation Barometer has been developed in cooperation with our Counsel Creativity Dr. Matthijs Baas of the University of Amsterdam. With him we distilled the requirements for innovation from a wide range of scientific research. One thing that is essential for our creativity, for example, is our sense of autonomy. Have a look at your own team. Does the creative input come from the person who just needs to follow, or from the one that enjoys mobility in their work? Do you want your team to keep growing? Then autonomy is an important first step. You can improve this by letting people manage how their work is defined and how they divide their attention to projects.
Inhibitors and stimulants for creativity
Aside from autonomy there are a number of other factors that stimulate or actually inhibit creativity. This wide range of equipment – various scientific insights and our own practical experience – has been translated into the Innovation Barometer. With 30 questions you can find out where creativity is stimulated in your organisation and where it is -often unconsciously- quelled. It can for instance be the case that a specific department has a large sense of autonomy but that internal processes and systems in fact prevent the flow of ideas. You might imagine that the endless decision making and rule keeping of a new initiative does not support the innovativity of a department in the long run. That is why the Innovation Barometer meets at 3 levels: individual, team, and organisation.
Input from the Innovation Barometer to improve the innovative culture
With the Innovation Barometer you receive straightforward and clear insight into your current culture for innovation. You know how it’s developed and where the opportunities for improvement lie. Does your organisation excite its people to keep growing?
Anxious for the Innovation Barometer? You can read more about this approach and ask us for a sample, here.