#Innovate Your Heart Out: We See an Innovation Day in Your Future
As our people visited the different spaces to learn and collaborate, pitches to the #ArcTank (our executives played sharks) simultaneously took place. Ideas ranged from a company Blue Rooster podcast to streamlining the on-boarding process for new employees to projects. Peers who work on different projects and different client sites came together and found potential in the smallest of places.
The SILab’s mission to serve as a hub for thought leadership and innovative solutions to complex problems empowers our employees to explore. Innovation Day created an event for our people to come together identify opportunities at every level of Arc Aspicio and explore our future together. It has changed us, can something like this change your organization?
About Arc Aspicio
Arc Aspicio is a management, strategy, and technology consulting firm that takes a mission-oriented approach to complex client challenges. Focused on innovation, Arc Aspicio provides services in strategy, design, human capital, operations, analytics and visualization, technology, and information sharing. The company is known for a strong, collaborative culture that values gratitude, provides leadership opportunities, and explores the future. Our teams use a human-centered approach to working with clients and are flexible and responsive within dynamic Government client environments that often have new priorities and evolving missions. We thrive on these situations and promote continuous improvement and new ideas. And, #welovedogs! Follow us on Twitter @arcaspicio or learn more at www.arcaspicio.com.
Innovation is difficult to harness for organizations of all sizes (Government and private sector alike). Replicating a process to encourage and produce innovation is even more challenging. Innovating in a structured space and time seems counter-intuitive, and begs the question: can thinking outside the box be a structured activity? Arc Aspicio recently held an Innovation Day to answer this question.
Innovation Day gave a time and place for employees to bring ideas, both fully formed and developing, and run them by peers and mentors. We provided materials to record ideas. We provided catalysts for creativity in our SILab, such as games and Play-Doh, to help foster collaboration and initiate conversations. With the stage set for an afternoon of micro brown bag sessions, pitches to executives, and discussions surrounding our latest strategic initiatives the only question that remained was if employees went into the room, would innovative ideas come out?
By providing a space for employees to collectively explore ideas and opportunities that they identified independently, Innovation Day produced a range of recommendations for growth. Within the SILab employees came up with enhanced services to offer our clients, opportunities for professional development, and spaces for Arc Aspicio to expand into.
In the micro brown bag sessions, colleagues shared their interests and areas of expertise with consultants from other projects. The sessions included discussions on how to live the company strategy, innovation, Micro Consulting Projects, Design Thinking, and the SILab.