Ideas can appear overnight, but the best ones require time to grow. Great breakthroughs are usually the result of a collection of small ideas that have come together and merged to become the incredible products, solutions or services they are now. Do you know how many ideas your colleagues and employees have and what the outcome of these ideas is? How do you measure the impact of all the ideas that flow into and circulate around your organisation everyday and, most importantly, how do you acknowledge them?
In this post we are going to cover the fourth stage of your idea management programme: recognising the value of ALL ideas; especially small ones. So far we have explored how leveraging your crowd and instilling a culture of innovation within and beyond your organisation lay the foundation for a successful, sustainable innovation management programme. Now that you have leveraged the power of your crowd, established a proper culture of innovation within your organisation, engaged your employees in this culture and encouraged them to contribute ideas and input, you must ensure their contribution is ongoing by encouraging them to ideate continuously. Their small ideas will ultimately benefit improvement and efficiency on a wider scale.
Small, everyday ideas are as valuable as big ones. They are beneficial for incremental changes, short-term value and continuous process improvement. These small ideas can also result in the innovative product or service you have been waiting to uncover. Your employees must be aware of the value of each of their ideas and they must realise that no idea opportunity should be missed.
Ideas need to be built around, they need to be developed and nurtured to grow into great, sustainable ideas and spark more. An idea can certainly result in a novel concept, product or service but the truth is an overnight outburst of creativity rarely happens. Ideas need to be discussed and analysed with other contributors and thought leaders in order to blossom.
No idea is too small and, the more creativity and boldness your employees and stakeholders demonstrate, the more successful you will be in deploying your idea and innovation management programmes.
Be patient, ideas do take time to develop and grow but small ideas will make a considerable change to your processes.