Companies consistently pass up or cast out those who create friction, cause insecurity among leaders, or make other employees uncomfortable. It's their loss--since those mavericks are often their best shot at true innovation.
What can organizations do to grow their employees into innovators?
- Empower employees with time, responsibility, and resources to experiment and come up with innovations.
- Provide asymmetric incentives, which consist of strong rewards for success with weak penalties for failure.
- Bring inside the organization a little of the competition that flourishes outside in the marketplace.