How innovative is your company? Ask these 6 questions

Innovations can be analyzed so you can evaluate whether they will work at your organization. After you've come up with an idea, here are some questions to ask about your organization and its ability to innovate:

  • Does your organization embrace innovation or accept it reluctantly?
  • Does your organization see innovation as a continuous process or as a one-time event?
  • Does it matter whether the ideas comes from management or rank-and-file?
  • Would the proposed change be so dramatic at your organization that it could be doomed to failure?
  • How much resistance to this innovation do you anticipate at your organization?
  • Does your organization have as much of an ability to plan as it does to improvise?

Taken from Innovation at Work: Helping New Ideas Succeed, a self-directed course by Mark Briggs at Poynter NewsU.

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    Vicki Krueger

    Vicki Krueger has worked with The Poynter Institute for more than 20 years in roles from editor to director of interactive learning and her current position as marketing communications manager.

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