By Australian Business Limited and
Australian Commonwealth ITR Department.
Dean Prebble and Prof. Howard Frederick, Ten3 NZ Ltd.
Idea Procurement and Implementation
In order to flourish
your firm's culture must
nurture ideas rather than kill them. If an employee has a great idea and
has it quickly squashed and mocked by their superiors they tend to stop
sharing their thoughts in fear of more rejection and humiliation. An
antagonistic culture that
fights change of any kind is the ultimate idea
crusher and will not be able to keep up with a fast changing society.
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Larry Yukron, owner of Adventure Experts and former Qwest Communication executive,
related that several firms in Silicon Valley have installed a
"five minute rule."
The rule permits anyone to suggest an idea. Then for the first
five minutes after the idea is expressed only positive comments can be
made. By the time the idea is talked about for five minutes it has usually
spun into an impromptu
brainstorm session that cultivates
truly great ideas and some form of
the discussion is often implemented.
Firms today must enthusiastically
welcome new ideas and
suggestions. If an idea is properly given attention
it just may become a
solution to a problem
, the next great
campaign, or even the perfect incubator for your next
innovative product or
Furthermore, we must be certain to
do something with all generated
ideas. If we encourage ideas, and then sit on them without taking any
action, we will not get ideas generated in the future. In addition, if we
must reject or decide not to implement an idea without providing an adequate
justification, firms will lose the future goodwill and
creativity of these
empowerment of employees results in increased initiative, involvement,
speed, all in support of
The word empowerment means to
authorize, enable, and to permit. Defining
and encouraging empowerment is the job of
traditional leadership in a multi level organisational structure may be
empowering their subordinates in anxiety that ideas and
initiatives from 'below' may undermine their authority and ultimately their
position in the firm.
This is indeed a struggle but may be overcome by
clear, ongoing communication and commitment from the top of the firm down. Middle management needs to be assured that subordinate
empowerment is for
their personal gain as well as the collective good of the firm. If this
cannot be accomplished a non-conforming individual may need to be removed
from the firm before a
transformation takes place in order to avoid conflict.
Believing in Your People
People tend to rise on the occasion that someone truly believes in
them. A preacher once said if you place an A on a person's
head they will give you an A, but if you put a C on their forehead they will
give you a C, no higher.
Many times people are looking for someone to be
interested in them and hold accountability to. When they find this
individual they will produce. It is essential during a cultural
transformation that each person in the firm has someone that believes in
them and is counting on them to
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Communication is absolutely essential to give birth to a
in a mature, seasoned culture. In fact creativity in communication is key
to implementing a culture rebirth. As we have mentioned, major
changes in organizations
often evokes resistance based on fear.
"Teamwork is a make or break
Either you help make it or the lack of it will break you."
Kris A. Hiatt
Accommodating Personal Idiosyncrasies
Accommodating personal idiosyncrasies may help the creative mind to
flourish. Whether it be eating a candy bar at a meeting, a brainstorm
session in the wilderness or taking off all day and writing the proposal
between 1 and 7 am people must have freedoms to create and produce how and
where they want. If firms permit their employees to create the plan to get
from A to Z rather than dictate each step in the process they just may spur
an otherwise average employee to new heights of
Positively Influencing Intrinsic Motivation
highly correlates with
increased creativity levels. High-level
encouragement toward innovation, immediate supervisor encouragement,
autonomy and sense of control, optimal challenges, and tasks matched to
interests all positively influence intrinsic motivation. Therefore, firms
should seek to have their employees
do what they love and love what they
do. For businesses the first involves matching work well around an
employee's expertise. The latter involves creating the environment that
will allow employees to retain the intrinsic motivational focus, while
supporting their exploration of new ideas.
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Harvesting Emotional Energy
Values give meaning to people's lives. Organisational
directly related to its ability to tap into its human potential. For many
people work is one of the most important ways they are able to give
expression to who they are in their search for fulfilment. When a person
works for a firm whose values mirror those of their own they will respond by
fulfilling their potential and tapping into their deepest levels of
creativity. Align your
mission statement under a clear set of humane values and through living
those values your
will harvest the
emotional energy and
creative potential of your employees.
Changing Pace Quickly
Many companies are extremely cautious not to make errors and some are so
shielding that they spend enormous amounts of money, time and human effort
to research plans thoroughly in an effort to avoid mistakes.
studies in business schools show us time and time again that regardless of
this effort mistakes are bound to happen.
In addition, the
accelerated pace of change and current ease of new entrants to new markets
due to technological advantages leave no time for companies to research
every possible in and out.
For example, by the time that IBM and
Compaq decided to create an online sales strategy it was too late. In fact
IBM and Compaq did not seem to notice when
Dell decided to sell computers
over the Internet. How could this be? Well people develop habits. They have
emotions. They become blind to things that become familiar. They have
their own unique points of view. These factors produce cultures and
dynamics that paralyse efforts to do something new. Including looking at
small start up firms, like Dell, as a competitive threat and making a quick
jump to new, innovative technology.
must now, more than ever, be in place to allow employees to
change strategies quickly and without scrutiny. Doing more with
in less time, is now a survival necessity for firms of all sizes.
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