3. Productive collisions spark new insights
Networking and making connections shouldn’t be confined to annual conferences. Getting out of the office and talking to someone different from yourself, someone you don’t know, and who likely doesn’t share your views can challenge our assumptions. For example, seek opinions from academia, the VC community, those who work at the fringes of your organization. You can also engineer these productive collisions inside your business and encourage diversity of thought. As Jeff Wong, EY Global Chief Innovation Officer, explains, “Organizations that create teams with different perspectives can help you envision your business and how it can work in a world that is constantly changing. When organizations put the right people in the right roles, the speed of innovation will only accelerate.”
4. Give permission to experiment
How can you turn your workplace into a safe space for employees to communicate, create, challenge and learn? How do you foster risk-taking, encourage experimentation and reward creative thinking? M. Pilar Opazo, in her session on Creativity and Change at elBulli, challenged participants to question the following: what structures support and encourage innovation in your company?
By giving employees permission to experiment, you offer people the opportunity to be wrong. Companies that embrace the fundamental philosophies once exclusive to start-ups, such as an iterative and fail-fast approach, will create new products, drive business development and attain/retain top talent.