From Editor's Desk
in Vol. 9 - September Issue - Year 2008
Innovation Creates Success
Innovation creates success and being innovative in your business is one of the keys to being successful. That can be the introduction of new processes, new ways of doing things and revolutionising how things have been accomplished previously.
Innovation isn't just about improvement; it's much more than that. Improvement is taking what you have and making it better - doing more of the same but better, whereas innovation is about discovering new methods and making changes. It requires you to think and come out of your self-perceived box. As an individual your box will differ from other people's and the edge of your box is where you start to experience limiting thoughts and beliefs. You'll need to step beyond these in order to be innovative.
For instance, the edge of your box may be that "There is no way this can be achieved in these time restraints", whereas stepping outside it is "What new ideas and methods can we utilise to get this done?", or "What can be done differently?" and "To get this done what shift do I need to make in my approach?"
Perhaps the shift you need to make is to be more focused, inspired or challenged. So visualize yourself as this person. This will stretch you beyond the limitations of the situation and create a new experience. Being innovative requires you to think and be wacky. The ideas you generate may seem ridiculous or even outrageous, but keep going and make them even more far-fetched. Then you'll find some gems of inspiration, even if they're only small to start with. Be willing to move beyond the way it's always been.
To be innovative you need to be willing to give it one more go. When some things don't work out and may be seen as a "failure", you need to rise above this and not let it dampen your spirits. Innovators are not satisfied with the status quo; they're ready to shake it up and be outrageous. What would being innovative give to your business? If you're ready to cultivate this innovation, then you are encouraged to develop a strong vision, give yourself time and freedom to play with the idea, have belief in your ability to innovate and be willing to step out of your self-perceived box.
At MFN we have tried to follow this concept for years. And with the help of our motivated team we continue to move ahead in the desired direction.
Author: Andrzej Wojtas