Magazine article Talent Development

Looking to Be More Innovative?

Magazine article Talent Development

Looking to Be More Innovative?

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ASTD staff just completed a one-day course on innovation and solution generation, and during the class we were faced with different situations that we needed to solve. While taking inventory of the situation, we realized that it was important to identify "what you don't know you don't know." This month's article by Chris Grams solidifies that belief; it supports the idea that innovation flourishes when you allow as many people as possible inside and outside the organization to contribute their best ideas.

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"A community of people who interact with your organization may be an untapped source of new innovations," Grams writes in the feature article on page 48.

While many think that innovation is problem solving, it is more than finding a solution to a challenge or issue. It is not stopping at the first solution, but rather listening to all solutions and ideas before choosing the best one. "You'll get better ideas when you get more ideas," Grams writes. …

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