Does your organization need new ideas to evolve in a competitive and constantly changing market? You can no longer afford to ignore the benefits of collective intelligence. That’s why we give you 10 ideas that you can easily implement in your company to encourage collaborative innovation.
Share successes and failures
Companies tend to tell their success stories first. However, failures are also inspiring! Above all, failures lead employees to produce solutions, which is what is most valuable. Tell inspiring stories of success and failure, and encourage your employees to find solutions to the obstacles they face.
Ask for anonymous feedback
Your employees are not ready to propose and defend their ideas? Start by asking for anonymous feedback. You will see, first (good) ideas will start to emerge!
Get out of the office
Just getting out of the office can encourage collaborative innovation. Lead Learning Expeditions, take your team to work in a new place for a day. This is often where new ideas are born.
Digitize the idea box and open it to all your employees
The people in your organisation are best placed to generate constructive criticism. Encourage them! This is how you can encourage collaborative innovation. However, there is one absolute rule: every idea should be considered regardless of the name or hierarchical level of its originator. Everyone must be able to propose ideas, regardless of their level in the company. A trainee can generate more fruitful ideas from his or her astonishment report than an associate director. In this way, you will gather different ideas from different perspectives. And never judge or devalue an idea. Indeed, if an idea bearer feels judgment, trust is broken, and neither he nor his colleagues will want to propose new ideas in the future. In short, don’t forget benevolence!
Give your employees time to work on their projects
One day or half a day a week, let your employees work on an innovation project. It can be an innovation project that they carry out themselves, or carried out by one of their peers. You develop their creative sense, but also their commitment to your organization.
Encourage collaborative innovation by rewarding employees who come up with the best ideas
Offer benefits, bonuses, seminars or training to the employees most involved in proposing innovative ideas. As you will have understood, your reward system must be attractive, while remaining in a spirit of collective intelligence.
Reward employees who learn
There are many ways for your employees to expand their horizons or develop their skills. What is certain is that if your employees are in a learning posture, your organization will also be a winner. Because by continuously learning, your employees open their minds to new things. One more step towards collaborative innovation! For example, you can create a prize to reward the number of MOOCs your employees follow.
Create a knowledge library
Once again, it is a matter of encouraging a learning posture. Indeed, all your employees have knowledge, skills and know-how. But if this knowledge is not shared, if it does not benefit everyone, the company loses out. You have to find a way to formalize each other’s skills. By learning from each other, your employees open up new horizons and will have more keys to turn to collaborative innovation projects.
Organize collaborative innovation challenges
Sometimes, asking staff members to propose ideas proves more difficult than expected if the request is unfocused. How about a challenge? For a given period of time, you invite employees from a variety of backgrounds to propose ideas around a given issue. Collaborative innovation is thus framed around a specific need and domain, and ideas can emerge more easily. In addition, competition between teams can be a good lever for generating brilliant ideas.
Offer your employees customer feedback
“Feedback is a wonderful gift,” said Danielle Winandy, Chief Innovation Officer at BNP Paribas RISK, at one of our events. Customer feedback in particular is valuable as it provides a good basis for reflection on how to innovate. Indeed, your clients are in the best position to identify malfunctions and irritants, which will be a source of innovation in the future. Giving your employees access to this feedback is a bit like giving your organization a breeding ground for collaborative innovation.