Today is the last day of 2013. In many ways it was a great year, but I believe 2014 can and will be even better both personally and professionally.
As we head into another new year, a lot of people begin thinking about how they will get ahead and make a difference. The problem is many do not plan and end up repeating past mistakes and patterns. Only doing the same thing over and over again leads to stagnation, not just for individuals, but for the organizations they serve.
Why not make this year your year of innovation?
Leaders love innovators. Without them they would soon fall behind the times and lose their edge. No matter where you work or what your position is, there is always a way to add value through innovation. Here are a few tips to get you thinking.
1. Live, eat and breathe innovation.
Think about how changes in technology or to systems and processes could make or save your organization money, and actively seek out opportunities to innovate if you want to make a name for yourself.
2. Don’t get stuck in today.
Think about the bigger picture and what might be needed weeks, months and years into the future.
3. Look beyond your own team or department.
Often it is easier for “outsiders” to spot opportunities for innovation than those who are closely involved.
4. Speak up.
An idea is useless if you keep it inside your own head. If you spot opportunities, speak up and act on your inspiration.
This year could be the greatest year yet! What are some ways you plan to be more intentional this year? Drop a line or two in the comments section below.