Demystifying Innovation Culture Efforts is a comprehensive eBook that distills Bob Eckert's and Natalie Jenkins' research and experience down to 12 Strategic Action Areas that leaders need in order to build a sustainable culture of innovation. In this series of articles, we will take each of the 12 Strategies in turn. Recently we featured:
Series 11: Deep dive into EXPLORATION
EXPLORATION: Time or flexibility for employees to pursue creative ideas that are not their core responsibility.
The biggest complaint we hear as we work with organizations aspiring to be more innovative is “not enough time”. We see this as the most difficult challenge for organizations to solve. Things like the much ballyhooed “15% of time to work on projects of your own choosing” is incredibly difficult to operationalize, even as we've described, at 3M. But the impulse is correct. So what is one to do when everyone is running at 100%+ and you want people to have time to explore and create informally?