Innovation isn’t just for researchers or tech gurus. New ideas influence every field of business and can come from anyone. In fact, Xerox owes its start to a single inventor working on weekends in his small apartment with only a vision of what would become the first xerograph. Eighty years later, we still know brilliant ideas don’t just appear randomly. It takes practice, embracing a new way of looking at things, and a few new habits.
1. Let’s get physical – Start by experiencing the world around you in a new way: get out of the office, talk a walk, and make mental notes of things that capture your attention. Consider taking or making meetings standing up, changing your desk configuration or, if you’re part of a larger team, creating a room with no tables or chairs, just comfy pillows or exercise balls. You might even consider taking a different route to work (or riding your bike!). More ideas come from taking a shower or daydreaming under a tree than ever came from staring at your PC.
2. Bring inspiration to life – All of those things that captured your attention? Bring an element of them into your workspace: a piece of nature, a thought-provoking ad, or a splash of color that made you open your eyes; whatever it is, create space to display it near you. Spark your imagination first thing in the morning with a favorite song, an engaging podcast or a blog post that interests you.
3. Think differently – How many things do you do during your day without even thinking? Stop and make a list of all the tasks done on autopilot and imagine how you can do them differently. Then try them one at a time and notice if they made the job easier, more engaging, or inspired other changes.
4. Don’t rely on the old stand-bys – Try making some of your workday defaults off limits – as counter-intuitive as that sounds. We often use the same resources or rules to get things done. This approach makes finding new ways mandatory. For example, if you use the same research sites, start exploring new sources. When brainstorming, focus on the needs of your secondary market, and when it comes to communications use new language instead of the same old buzzwords.
5. Start small – Game-changing ideas and innovations in small business don’t have to be big to make a difference. Switch up how (or where) you hold a meeting or write a report and the impact can have a ripple effect. And remember to welcome all inspiration. Every groundbreaking idea was new at one time – and maybe even a little crazy. And remember to tap into others for inspiration, especially your customers. Listen to their feedback and ideas – they may have some great ones.
What innovation can do for small business
When you innovate and keep tabs on the latest innovative trends, your business experiences a watershed of positive outcomes. Workspaces that create an environment where fresh thinking is cultivated inevitably see an increase in productivity (and profitability). Greater productivity often leads to becoming more competitive since you’re able to satisfy more customers. Find out what innovative ideas Xerox is working on every day.
One thing is for certain, new ideas and the latest hot products are going to materialize. Whether they belong to you or your competition is up to you.
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