Another great post today from Stephen Shapiro on How To Create a Culture of Innovation. Here are three take away quotes from Stephen's post:
1) The first step in creating a culture of innovation is to surface, identify, and codify challenges
2) Every challenge has multiple potential solutions.... Your success is often based on your ability to separate the wheat from the chaff. The next step is to strengthen and select the best ideas, combining them into a comprehensive solution.
3) The final attribute of a culture of innovation is the ability to take all of the selected solutions and turn them into programs/projects so that they can be converted from ideas into reality. During implementation, it is critical that you keep track of the value proposition for each project, having the courage to change direction, or, in some cases, killing ideas altogether.