A recent post from Paul Taylor at Bromford has certainly made me think about innovation.
I’ve been guilty at work of pushing innovation – I even made it one of my main priorities on starting my current position as Assistant Director. Of course, it’s very hard to actually be clear on what this means. I can still picture the faces of my Management Team when I said this was one of my main priorities – stunned and confused all in one!!
Of course, I have come to realise over the last 12 months that setting innovation as one of my main priorities was both a difficult thing to do but also a necessary thing. I’m not someone who likes to sit back and do things the same way as they have always been and it’s been over the last 12 months that I’ve realised this. That’s not to say that there is always a different, more innovative way to do some things, but I’m always keen to at least ask the question seriously. I’ve also found that I do like taking a chance from time to time and just going with an idea I’ve had. Another Paul Taylor blog post (reblogged by Helen Reynolds) made me realise I’m like this too.
I know that some of you reading this will be thinking, whats the point of innovation for the sake of it? It does depend on the organisation you are in and the type of person you are. I’m at a time in my life where I’m pretty keen to try and do some things differently. Not that I’m always able to, but in order for me to feel fulfilled, I need to push.
Organisations like Bromford might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I really do like seeing how different they choose to be. I might not like every idea or stance that they take, but I can definitely admire the organisation for being clear about their values and for trying different ideas. Their brand stands out and arguably appeals to the type of people they want working in their organisation and they seem to have a definite innovative feel to their organisation.
I’ll finish off with a well-known quote from Albert Eistein:
It’s certainly one quote I’m going to put on my office wall for inspiration.