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3 Practices That Will Help Drive Innovation in Your Organization

Leadership Practices That Support and Drive Innovation How do you make “innovation’ more than a buzzword? If you’re like most executives, managers, and HR professionals facing current uncertainty, you’ve been talking about how to instill a culture of innovative thinking in your organization — but unsure of how to approach the challenge. A recent CCL survey of 500 senior leaders found that innovation is a key driver of success for 94 of organizations, and 77 of them tried to promote innovation in some way. Even so, just 14 said they were confident about their organization’s ability to drive innovation effectively. We expect this gap exists because too many companies invest in structures, programs, and efforts to fuel innovative thinking without also investing in innovation leadership. We suggest focusing on the leadership capabilities that drive innovation. How to Drive Innovation We advocate for 3 practices that leaders can use to drive innovation forward in their organizations. Here’s how to drive innovation: - Define a key innovation challenge. - Understand how the work of innovation varies by leader level. - Develop what’s needed for innovative thinking.