Innovation and Engagement: It’s All About Culture

If you want innovation, your employees can’t be scared to make mistakes. That’s the root statement of this article by Larry Bonfante. Mistakes can be costly, and in an environment where cost is always at the forefront of business, employees will avoid any activity that might single them out as a time/money waster. This, however, severely limits the possibility of engaging employees in the pursuit of innovation. Bonfante suggests redefining what failure means – instead of not ending up with the expected result, redefine failure as not learning anything from an effort or experiment. With this mindset in place, employees are much more likely to attempt innovation (and potentially shift your company into a golden age of business growth).

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