In the past, big corporations took over small companies. In future, fast enterprises will buy slow corporations. In 2012 Innosight forecasted, that almost 75% of the S&P companies would not be listed anymore in 2027. Digitalisation and globalisation are the main drivers. In every corner on this planet, 3D printers can quickly produce all kinds of products (e.g. shoes, food, cars etc)
To have great ideas and turn them into innovative products for a fast changing market, will be the only criterion for future success.
Many transforming companies are setting up innovation labs. Often these are organisational units or special rooms to improve creative thinking. This is a good start, but other conditions will deliver the big differences.
Who of you already kept an idea private?
I think almost everybody. For sure there have been some potential bestsellers among them.
But why are we holding ideas back?
Honestly? We did not want to make a fool of ourselves.
Fear is certainly not the state in which employees produce many ideas. Our body cells switch into protection mode und direct all energy to the muscle cells. This was a smart move during our evolution to enable defence or flight mechanisms, but did not serve our thinking process.
Under pressure our brain reproduces only the success concepts of the past. This does not sound very creative. Especially in a
daily changing world, solutions of the past will hardly lead to future successes.
When we also see that almost 95% of our thoughts are nothing but a replay of the thoughts we had yesterday, we understand that ideas cannot be churned out.
Ideas are not produced by command. Ideas emerge mainly in places, where people feel comfortable. Mozart’s famous music arose in his bed. Newton mainly received his scientific insights in his garden. Most ideas are emerging while taking a shower, sitting on a sofa or doing sports. But maybe you also belong to the 10% of the people, who have their best ideas "in the john".
Only 3.4% of the employees see their working environment as an enabler for creativity. Many managers lead by pressure and fear. Therefore they mainly get anxious proposals back, because ideas mirror exactly the state of the originating source.
Successful innovations need a special climate of creativity.
Leaders, who create a work environment without fear, are laying the foundation. But how does the construction plan of the house for future successes, look like?
When are you really having your best ideas?
- When the topic is close to your heart.
- When you can use your personal strengths.
- When you are part of a team, which has common values and a lot of fun during work.
- When you are supporting a common goal and
- When you are following a meaningful vision, which makes a difference for others.
Conscious leaders know how to build a house for future successes. They create a value based company culture, which enables curiosity and creativity and is allowing mistakes to happen.
Conscious leaders create a safe space for their organisations to foster continuous learning, unlocking full potentials, as well as inner and outer growth for themselves and their teams. This way they open up the opportunity for elation, innovation, co-creation and lasting success to be a part of the business.