Peer to peer: Teamwork, diversity encourage innovation

Greg Caws – President and CEO, BC Innovation Council

Regardless of your industry, the success of your business depends on your ability to keep it responsive in a rapidly changing world. Here are three ways to foster creativity and innovation at your organization:

  • Question everything. Some of B.C.’s top companies were created because someone asked a great question. “Why can’t we purchase glasses online?” led to Clearly. “Why can’t I manage all my social media accounts in one place?” led to Hootsuite. Empower staff to question the status quo, and they’ll ask themselves, “How can I make things better?” That’s how you spur innovation.
  • Use tech to enhance teamwork. Technology can have a significant impact on collaboration. At the BC Innovation Council, we have a robot named Sheldon that enables staff to attend meetings virtually. Our team communicates anywhere, any time, via Slack. If you want an innovative workplace, give employees the tools to work better together – and then be amazed at what they create.
  • Set an example. To cultivate inventiveness and stay ahead of the curve, lead by example and take the initiative. A CEO once said, “It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting.” Ask yourself this: are you setting the best example for your team?

At the BC Innovation Council, we’re constantly asking ourselves how we can be more effective in what we do and how we can connect and collaborate with more British Columbians. Our work depends on it; so does yours.

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