Organizations of any size and industry need to innovate to remain
successful. Whether it's an iPhone-like breakthrough or a new spin
on a traditional idea, if companies want to foster innovation they
must have systems and strategies in place to encourage, develop,
and sustain new thinking in every role in the organization.
In a new research study Learning to Innovate: Exploring Learning's
Critical Role in Fostering Innovation ASTD and i4cp (the Institute
for Corporate productivity) examine the importance of innovation in
business success and the ways learning influences it. Companies
cannot hope innovation will happen organically. The learning
function can and should play a critical role in developing and
sustaining the innovative culture that is the hallmark of
successful organizations. This report includes a synopsis of
interviews with learning leaders who have successfully fostered and
sustained innovative practices at high performing companies.
The study includes recommendations on fostering innovation. They
- Have the learning function take a prominent role in innovation.
Make sure any functions dedicated to innovation are solidly
integrated with learning. Learning departments can also develop
programs that foster innovation.
- Incorporate innovation as a competency in the performance
- Don't punish a well-thought out failure. Learn from the
positive steps in the process.
- Job rotations and stretch assignments can allow people to think
ASTD members can download a free whitepaper on the study. The full
report Learning to Innovate: Exploring Learning's Critical Role in
Fostering Innovation is available on the ASTD store.