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d. Connecting strategic planning directly to resource allocation decisions. Keep implementation at the center of the planning process. Put your money and people where your goals are. e. Promoting widespread support and involvement in the entire process. Ideas and innovations can come from unlikely places— don’t ignore those ideas because of who has them first. VIII. Factors that Aid Innovation Planning a. Creativity—Creativity can be supplied by both single individuals and teams. In today’s organization, teams are more frequently the source of innovation. The important thing is that the fruits of creativity are understood in terms of their value and can be translated into bottom line success for the organization. There are several tools that enhance creativity. i. Adventuring— occurs when individuals explore areas that are outside their comfort zone and perhaps even that of the organization. Experimentation is a frequent means of adventuring. 3-7
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Introspection – reconsidering what is already known - can also support adventuring. Consideration of new scenarios to find new circumstances to apply a technology is also a form of adventuring. ii. Confronting— is a process that encourages deliberate debates among employees based on skills and knowledge they currently possess. This is done by using such techniques as devil’s advocate or “what if” questioning. Example: what if we rewarded people for throwing trash in appropriate receptacles rather than fine them for littering? Some cities have experimented with putting motion sensitive playback gadgets in trash cans that have recorded jokes or information on them. When someone throws away trash properly, they hear the joke or message. It works. iii. Portfolio of Skills— involves using the more creative employees to stretch beyond their normal boundaries into a variety of areas. This process requires employees to learn new skills, and then possibly engage in an exchange of ideas with others. The employees who have just gained new skills bring a new perspective to the debate. b. Organization-wide Issues—there are a number of organization wide processes that are critical to the nature of the innovation planning process. These include the following: i. Communication—“spreading” the word concerning both needs and new opportunities is critical. many communications channels need to be opened to encourage sharing and using of the knowledge resources. This will ensure that a broad range of perspectives are brought to bear on both needs and opportunities. Strong communications also encourages organizational focus towards a specific strategic direction. All components of the organization should be operating towards the same goals.
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