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How Innovative Is Your Team?

24 Questions to do a gut check and see how many you can say a wholehearted "yes" to:

  1. We create freedom to play and experiment.

  2. Innovation is linked to our long-term business goals.

  3. If there is a good idea, we rapidly fund it with people and dollars.

  4. We are quick to sunset failing projects gracefully.

  5. We recognize speed is sometimes more important than perfection.

  6. New ideas flow between functions, locations, and seniority.

  7. The majority of our energy is spent on customers, products, and profits, not internal drama.

  8. We incorporate the voice of youth in our product strategy and community outreach.

  9. We encourage meeting-free days and create freedom and space to think.

  10. We don't care where you work or how you work as long as you deliver your results and act within the company values.

  11. Our pivotal leaders have strong personal followings.

  12. We take time to learn from successes and failures without blame.

  13. We are candid and transparent in our communication to customers and employees.

  14. Our employee and industry communication is inspiring and innovative.

  15. It is okay to challenge our status quo, regardless of hierarchy.

  16. Our communication to our customers raises eyebrows, grabs attention, and makes an impact.

  17. We regularly listen to our top people and hear personal stories of how they would like the workplace to improve, and then we take action.

  18. We assess for innovation ability when we hire.

  19. We have alternative approaches to acquiring expertise and talent.

  20. We have a robust personal referral program that delivers high-quality candidate referrals.

  21. We personally develop our employees in creative and unique ways.

  22. Our egos do not prevent us from seeking expert help; even the most successful leaders seek ways to further accelerate their success.

  23. We reward behaviors and attempts at innovation, not just success.

  24. We reward against company, team, and individual achievements in that order.

Full article from Inc. here.


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