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Making your business more innovative

businessmeeting26251473.jpgInnovation has been one of those cachet key words in business for a long time and many people are concerned about being innovative just for the sake of it. But innovation can provide lots of benefits to you and your business and can open up possibilities you never thought existed. And just because you aren’t a high tech business doesn’t mean that you can’t be innovative. Here are some ideas of ways you can make your business more innovative regardless of what you are doing right now.

One of the most important things you can do to make your business more innovative is to believe that it is possible in the first place. The general entrepreneurial idea that there can always be some way to improve the business really needs to ring true to you and you have to really believe that you can innovate in your business. Even if you are only in charge of a few people or a department, there are still things you can do to make the business better. If you aren’t convinced you can innovate, you will first have to do some serious selling to yourself and then those around you to convince them that positive change is possible and that there is always something else new and exciting that can be done. When you have convinced yourself and your staff that you can innovate, you should then seek the approval and input of others in the process. Don’t be afraid to include your clients or customers in the process and to sell your vision to them. They can sometimes provide a different view or angle on what you are doing and give you some insight you may never have come up with. Don’t be one of those companies that claim to listen to their customers without actually doing it. Listen to what they have to say and take all of that into consideration when you building and executing your plan. Ultimately if your innovation doesn’t appeal to your customer, it doesn’t really matter how cool it is to you.

Inevitably, there will be people in an organization that will try to kill new ideas and this is something that you will need to learn how to control and manage. There are stereotypes that the people tend to come from accounting or finance departments, but they can really be anywhere in the company. They may not intentionally put up roadblocks and it is probably nothing personal; they likely think they are just doing what is best for the business. Some people just don’t like it when the status quo is shaken up and will try to block you at every turn. You may have to fight for your ideas and do some serious expanding and convincing to let people see your vision. These people can have a lot of sway in the company, so you may be in for a challenge, but don’t let that get in your way.

Just because an idea isn’t a billion dollar idea today doesn’t mean that it isn’t worthwhile or won’t lead to that next bid money idea for the company. No one really knows what they future will bring and sometimes things catch on that people never thought would. There were many experts that said personal computers and the internet were just fads and would never really affect how people live. Boy, were they wrong! Just because your idea isn’t huge right now, doesn’t mean it can’t evolve and really become the next big thing. Make the commitment to innovate and you will likely be surprised what you can come up with for your business and the success that you will have.

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