The importance of innovation became apparent when startups with new business models disrupted established industries many of which are still grappling with the changing business landscape.
Businesses have realized the crucial role played by innovation labs to improve their current business processes, for dreaming up new ideas and to bringing them to fruition.
Innovation labs use the methods of agile startups, with the aim of coming up with new ideas that can either disrupt or complement the overall company. They can work independently from the parent company and have the freedom to ideate away from corporate constraints.
In an innovation lab brainstorming relies on a group of people coming together in order to generate ideas for solving a problem. It should foster exploration, out-of- the-box thinking, and wild ideas. Unfortunately, it can become sessions where dominant figures assert themselves over others and creativity ends up getting stifled.
One of the critical needs in innovation is psychological safety to allow ideas to flow, breakdown barriers and get the conversation started.
How can All Lined Up help in the innovation process?
We have a lot of experiential tools, visual cards and team activities to help recognize the dynamics in the team. These activities start the conversation, create self-awareness, build trust and allow ideas to flow freely.
At IDEO, they encourage you to use coloured markers (Neuland makes sustainable, refillable markers with water-based ink)
to write on Post-its and sketch your idea (use our high-quality sticky notes to express the core idea, quickly communicate your idea to others and cluster concepts).
Nothing gets an idea across faster than drawing it. The 2 day Bikablo Basics Visual Facilitation program (no drawing skills needed) can guarantee that you will walk away saying “Yes I can draw too!”
Share feedback using Marking Dots to allow quick voting on topics and help prioritise ideas.
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Jaya Machet is an Executive coach, Visual & Business Story Powered Communication Facilitator. She helps humanise the workplace through meaningful communication.