Ready, set and go! Creating a collaborative work environment using technology in a multi-office environment first starts with asking “what’s possible” and then using an innovative process to work out the details. Do you have an innovation process? Is it effective? While preparing for an Academy facilitation with Project Development Services, we asked “what’s possible” in terms of facilitating a 4 or 5 hour online, interactive workshop spread over 5 offices. Using Mondoboards PDSI had in each of its 5 offices, we provided a 5:1 ROI through elimination of travel time and costs while accelerating staff collaboration and business skills knowledge transfer. A key takeaway for us was the higher than expected contributions and engagement between the offices – an ah ha moment was the value of finding a way to keep people in their home office – their mindset was the difference.
Innovation is simply taking something that already exists and building upon it. In business, we observe examples of this daily through process improvement, product modifications and additional service offerings. After asking “what’s possible”, gather the facts so you can identify the real issue – only then will you begin to find solutions and opportunities. By stepping away and asking “how can we…”, you open the door to possibilities. Build a team of different perspectives to brainstorm wild, silly and realistic ideas. Select the best idea, generally by giving each member of the team a vote. By this time, you’ve already developed critical data in the fact finding and solution finding steps so that securing a vote creates buy-in on the team. Final step in the innovation process is gaining acceptance, also known as lobbying for your idea. Once accepted, all that is left is to plan and implement the change. Check out how we can help you create a plan and also predict your probability of change success on your new initiative.