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Encourage innovation by starting with achievable goals

Foster a workplace culture of teamwork and innovation.

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It's not easy to foster a culture of innovation, especially when there are day-to-day pressures to perform and conform, but your organization has a much better chance of success if everyone has the ability to innovate, says Harvard Business Review.

"Organizations need innovation on all fronts, not just in new products, services, or technologies. But many managers don't innovate because they don't think it's their job.

Here's how you can build a stronger innovation culture on your team:

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Implement an immediate innovation

As a team, identify ideas that will reduce costs, save time, or improve customer service. Pick one or two to implement right away to demonstrate success.

Identify an ambitious goal

Once your team has confidence in its ability to innovate, set a larger goal. Can you reduce costs by 50 per cent? Can you combine services to help customers?

Continually foster innovation

Include innovation as a category in performance reviews. Recognize colleagues who try new approaches even if the results aren't perfect. And give people time to think and experiment."

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