Start-up companies are known for their tenacity, ingenuity, innovation, and desire to improve everyday. Most wouldn’t use these descriptors when describing well-established, more traditional organizations. Established organizations have great characteristics that help them succeed in the marketplace, but most aren’t seen as innovative or collaborative. In order to promote a culture of innovation and insight, how can organizations adopt a start-up mentality among employees?
Bâton Global has experience in establishing systems that embrace collaboration and innovation and have resulted in fundamental changes within organizations.
This transition is a difficult one for most organizations, as it takes discipline and a change in thinking by all members of the organization. What are the first steps in developing a startup mentality in established organizations?
Innovation means different things to different people. When an organization defines innovation, it helps employees understand what exactly is expected when they are asked to be more innovative. Although organizations would rather see innovation that creates major positive change in the organization such as new initiatives and technologies (radical innovation), most employees are able to support further innovation through incremental changes in processes and day-to-day duties.
Most established organizations are considered conservative and risk averse. When strategies are typically conservative in the past, employees aren’t keen to provide ideas that could change the current course of the organization. In start-ups, mistakes are made everyday due to encouragement to share insight and the ability of employees to set their own course of action, but high collaboration brings great ideas.
Organizations that encourage questions and provide opportunities to express opinions can help promote risk taking and creativity. Organizations that develop a platform that encourages two-way communication among employees and upper level decision makers provide employees with the opportunity to present ideas that are insightful and adventurous.
Employees in start-ups are able to develop and grow due to firsthand experiences in outlining strategy and future goals. Rarely do opportunities like this exist for all employees in established organizations due to the breadth and overall size of an organization.
incorporate leadership, critical thinking, managing change, and other topics
provide great opportunities for employee to learn and grow. Employee development programs are also great
ways for employees to establish skills that foster innovation and collaboration
in an organization, similar to collaboration that exists within start-ups.
Start-ups not only provide employees with the tools and go-ahead to collaborate and provide thoughtful insight, but they also act on employee innovation as well. If insights aren’t further discussed as a team or business unit, the efforts of employees can be wasted.
Bâton Global has
found that developing systems where employees are able to provide insight into
development of organization objectives lead to greater accountability. In
acting on the insight provided by employees, trust and respect is built among
members of the community.
Bâton Global’s clients have implemented and executed management systems that encourage insight and collaboration amongst all employees, similar to systems that exist in newly developed companies.