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he word innovation appears frequently in advertisements, posi- By Glenn Ebersole, High Concrete Group LLC An Engineer’s perspective on how to inspire innovation T Set a goal to identify three or four organizations that are very innovative and then request visits to those companies to gain new perspectives on in- novation. mind, here are 20 tips on how to inspire and initiate innovation in business. 1. Develop a clearly defined and focused vision for innova- tion within your business.

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8. Commit to personally do- ing something different from your ordinary routine. For example: take a different route to work; try a new menu item; or anything that you would not typically do on a daily basis. 9. Find a business coach or mentor and learn something from them. 10. Develop a proactive ap- proach to generating new ideas. Create a list of questions/chal- lenges you can pose to your team. This will enable you to make innovation specific and proactive and consequently have it achieve more top-of- mind awareness and yield more strategically relevant ideas. 11. Create some momentum for innovation in your business by selecting and committing to a project that will result in a “quick win” and will provide confirmation that innovation produces positive results. 12. Create a sense of urgency by setting an aggressive time- table for a project. 13. Reward creativity and continued on the next page

2. Develop a set of measur- able goals that will clearly define what you want and need to get out of innovation. 3. Develop a system for track- ing and managing innovation. 4. Develop and implement a forum for sharing. Promote the open exchange of ideas and collaboration among co-workers and team members. The forum could be face-to-face meetings or doing so online with message boards or blogs. 5. Engage the powerful tech- nique of brainstorming. The power of brainstorming enables you to address a business chal- lenge, issue or opportunity and is effective because it sets no boundaries and allows people to say whatever they want. 6. Consider establishing an innovation team whose prior- ity is ensuring that innovation is a priority and that there is a clearly defined and focused effort to achieve innovation in your business. 7. Research what others outside your organization do to initiate and inspire innovation.

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firms, as well as by most busi- nesses and organizations in some fashion or form. But the question is how many of those firms and organizations really make innovation a top priority? And how many of them truly are good at innovation? One American Management Association/Human Resource Institute study found that al- though most organizations say that innovation is a top prior- ity, few companies are good at it. Have you been asked and tasked to innovate within your company or organization? Are you having difficulty getting started and achieving results? Probably many business- people have experienced or witnessed that one of the big- gest issues with innovation is that they really are not sure where to start. With that in

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