In•no•va•tion: the introduction of something new. At Arc Aspicio, our people innovate every day on their client projects and with the internal projects they take on. The idea of being innovative may be daunting, but our employees have the talent to do just that.
Innovation can be taught and developed as described in The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton M. Christensen. At Arc Aspicio, we have incorporated a series of discussions, readings, and activities into our professional development curriculum to enhance innovation skills in all of our employees.
Our employees think differently and are always ready to observe, question, experiment, and imagine. We are a company that questions the status quo, imagines new ways to do routine things, and applies fresh thinking to solve our clients’ most critical mission challenges. Innovation can be an inventive tweak that streamlines a critical process or the next big idea that revolutionizes the way we protect our borders.
Here are three things to try to get your innovation juices flowing:
1. Switch it up – Change your workspace by either rearranging your desk or sitting in a different location a few days a week. A new environment may be just the thing you need to help you think outside the box.
2. Work with someone new – Engage a co-worker on a challenging project you normally wouldn’t work with. Your co-worker will likely have a different perspective and new ideas to offer.
3. Ask questions that challenge the status quo – Instead of asking “how,” try questions that begin with “why” and “what if.”
That spark of innovation is inside us all. Go on, light your innovation spark.