Innovate Your Team in 2013

Jan 4, 2013 in QSR, Retail

The blogosphere is being bombarded by New Year’s resolutions. In scanning the regular business files, there is quite a wide variety of advice. For instance, Forbes has a piece, “Five New Year’s Resolutions for Entrepreneurs” which has their #1 idea as “Fire someone!” with a photo of Donald Trump alongside of it.  Thankfully, for that person who might be on the firing line, Forbes also gave a week’s lead time with “Seven Ways to be Indispensable at Work in 2013“.  Thanks to Forbes for the good, the bad and the ugly. (Sorry to anyone who may have read that too late with consequence!)

The focus of resolutions falls mainly on making positive changes for the new year: be smarter, fitter, happierget with the times, waste less of it (time)unplug more, plug in more, etc. The New Year is not only a time to reform personal habits, but more importantly the habits that affect others. It is a time to enhance the way we do things, adopt new practices, accept new ideas and perspectives, and strengthen capabilities.

The ultimate key is to let go of habit, and to embrace the new.  Foster an innovative culture within your team.

In 2013, it’s important to understand that current culture trends are not merely social “fads” but new ways of enhancing business practices. It’s time to lose the “suit” and aging corporate rhetoric. I found an interesting and timeless piece on resolutions for last year on entitled New Year’s Resolutions for 2012. A few that spoke to me were as follows:

  • Balance innovation and execution. These are the yin and yang of your leadership and management skills.
  • Think past the hype. What can cloud, mobile and consumer technologies do for your business? CIOs who don’t lead these efforts will lose credibility and relevance.
  • Keep an open mind about emerging technologies. New products and vendors may surprise you. 
  • Stop worrying about what you can’t control. You can’t control the economy, but you can control your ability to innovate, execute and drive amazing results.

RescueTime Blog also had some more current ideas for a more productive year:

  • Go on an email diet
  • Switch to a standing desk
  • Cut down on distractions (gist: with all of the gadgets and social media connections, consider turning off all notifications)

It is a time to adapt new ways for workflow management, project management and internal communication processes in the coming year (s). This would essentially mean less email, and less meeting time for updates and more time for moving forward. It is tough to keep an open mind about adopting new technologies and processes, as they take time, money and training. However, finding the right tool or application to advance your enterprise will far outweigh your investment in return. It seems to be the only way to survive the ever-changing market.