People, Technology, Change

Generating Opportunities

The old ways don’t work anymore… so says 78% of small business owners who identified improving their ways of doing business as critical to withstanding the economic situation.

Improvement sometimes isn’t seen as innovation, but it can be writes Susan Sobbot on Open Forum.

Allowing innovation to flourish depends on several factors she says:

  1. Say ‘no’ less, and encouraging ideas, give the team some freedom to experiment and let them know it’s ok.
  2. Don’t rely on old habits and structures, embrace change and be receptive to new approaches
  3. Avoid solutions looking for a problem, focus on customer needs first.
  4. Surround yourself with people how have different perspectives, take time out of your own space, network and see what others do.
  5. Don’t try to be be perfect, just make something good enough to test for feedback and lead to improvements

Read the full article.

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This entry was posted on September 25, 2010 by in entrepreneurship, innovation and tagged , , , , .
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