It’s that time of year when New Year’s Resolutions are in full force and people are desperate to be a better person, lose weight, exercise more, eat better, find a new job… And it’s not just individuals, I’ve seen lots of posts on LinkedIn about inspirational business ‘away days’ - powerful planning meetings and reinvigorated entrepreneurs listing their business bucket-list for the year.
Whilst G2 Innovation are all for businesses and individuals setting goals, being bold and seeking greater achievements, it’s important to remember how easy it is to find yourself onboard a New Year’s Resolution bandwagon. Just as diets are usually abandoned by Australia Day, exercise is forgotten when the heatwave hits and the dream of a new career gets lost in the day-to-day routine of an existing job, so too can business goals. After all, only 10% of those who make a resolution stick to it.
Individuals that do manage to stick to their resolutions, don’t just say it out loud and hope for the best, they build it into their routine, they seek out professional health advice, personal training or go to a career consultant. They lean into the discomfort and uncertainty of change. The same goes for innovation.
If your team wants to become more innovative, develop a greater workplace culture or start hitting targets on an organisational strategy fast and furiously, saying it out loud at a team meeting is a great start, but if you don’t have the right mindset, skill-set and toolset, you are likely to fall off the bandwagon pretty quickly, and when you fall off the bandwagon with work resolutions, you’ll take the morale of your team with you.
One of the key lessons we share is “act small to go big”. Break your vision down into bite-sized chunks that are manageable. Work out the daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly etc tasks that need to be achieved to reach your end goals. Share those tasks amongst the team to lighten the load, and regularly consult with one another to boost motivation and iron out challenges. We’ve designed a tool to help teams visualise the layers to achieving goals which we share in our Innovation Strategy Workshop and use during transformation projects. We also advocate using a productivity tool like Trello to help with tracking and accountability. The mountain looks huge from the bottom, and it’s easy to give up when the going gets tough, a map and encouragement is vital.
Likewise, according to Psychology Today, resolving to get help with New Year’s resolutions is key to their success. The best way to ensure that business resolutions stay front and centre, is to seek out appropriate training opportunities. Well-delivered training of any kind provide the skills and tools you need to get started, but when it comes to innovation, you need to ensure the training also provokes a change in mindsets. You and your team need to start looking outward rather than inward, being proactive rather than reactive, and crucially, to understand that innovation is urgent, not just important.
Innovation training should be as inspirational as it is practical, driven by research but proven through application, and your facilitator needs to be knowledgeable and experienced, able to provide case studies relevant to your industry, understand challenges unique to you, and adeptly show you how each tool will work for you and your team. Just as you require a personal trainer who can demonstrate how to do the best exercises for your size, age or fitness level, the same goes for innovation training.
So, before you give up on your resolutions, give yourself an opportunity to make them stick. Break down your goals into manageable chunks, invest in yourself and your team, and book yourself in for some training.
In fact, (and yes this is blatant self-promotion), look no further because we offer a great range of training programs right here...