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Cultivating a culture of innovation

What are you doing to inspire creativity? Are you creating enough space for innovation in your business?

Let's explore this topic together in today's devotional:

Cultivating a culture of innovation
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." – James 1:5 (NKJV)

Though we cannot all be inventors, we can all be innovators. Without innovation, you will not be able to remain competitive. Innovation is a continuous process and not a one-time thing. Therefore, you must create an innovative culture within your organization. Here are seven steps to help you create that culture:

  1. Have a clear mission and vision statement - Without clarity of mission and vision, innovation can be uncoordinated and reckless. Make sure that your innovations align with what you are called to do and where you are going.
  2. Always ask the “What-if” questions - What often hinders innovation is the refusal to welcome questions. What-if questions can sometimes seem stupid or out of touch but they get you thinking. Sometimes the best what-if questions come from those who know very little about the business or the industry. These questions take you out of the box of your normal routine which is where innovation is often found.
  3. Make time to pray, think, and challenge the status quo - It is hard to innovate if you do not have a margin. It is also difficult when you do not make time for the Lord. Prayer takes you into the mind of God to acquire innovative ideas. Thinking helps you analyze it, which prepares you for execution or revision.
  4. Use customer survey feedback to challenge the status quo - Innovators are market-driven. They have their ears to the ground and listen to their customers. Your customers will let you know about their pain points and what they need most, which will drive your next innovation.
  5. Be open to ideas from your staff and other stakeholders - Other than your customers, some of your best ideas may come from your staff. Not just those in management but every member of your team, especially those without titles or in positions that seems insignificant.
  6. Be willing to take risks and invest in continuous improvement - Without risk and resources, innovations can not be realized. Be willing to risk losing what you have for a brighter future.
  7. Keep up with the competition and industry - Some of the best innovative ideas may come from insights gained from competitors as well as the industry. Talk with individuals doing the same business, do some research, and use the data to drive innovation in your company.

Consider getting your team together and discuss these points and make sure to make a healthy assessment of your organization to determine if it has an innovative culture.

My prayer for you today is that God will give you the grace to be innovative for His glory.

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Posted on Friday, 10 January 2020

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