It happens all the time: Someone in some organization develops an innovative idea. It is common practice for the company to keep this knowledge under lock and key until they decide what to do with it, but is that really for the best? In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels discusses why sharing ideas is actually the better route.
Sharing Is Caring
Some experts believe that sharing great ideas to society would inspire growth and more innovative ideas to bloom. Society is groomed to not want to share great ideas. This unfortunately means that potential for greater technological advances is lost. Companies who do not want to share are not new, and it even extends further back to include a fear of sharing ideas between two departments in the same company. Sometimes, innovative ideas have applications in a plethora of other sectors.
The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) has aligned with the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) to fight back and encourage the horizontal sharing of ideas. They host events and online forums for people from all areas to share their innovation. MIA has found this alliance to be quite useful. At their company, there is no particular department devoted to research, and all of their ideas come from the engineers themselves. The engineers are competitive with one another, and sharing ideas encourages further creativity and better ideas.
Technologists should be aware that there likely already exists a solution to their problems. Horizontal sharing can uncover these solutions, and this type of sharing is a very low cost solution that proposes a huge impact on organizational success. All sectors could utilize this mindset and be successful.
This is ultimately a C-suite conversation; however, it is a big conversation that needs to be discussed with a multitude of levels in the business. You can read the original article here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-win-at-the-innovation-game-by-sharing/