Kara Redoutey, MBA
What are the barriers to doing this?
It is often difficult to get a regular meeting scheduled where a team of individuals come together from different specialties. It is even harder to make sure there is regular attendance at the meeting and that representatives from key areas are present in the room. Some leaders do not see the value that collaborating with other specialties brings to the organization until they are placed into a meeting with others that results in an innovative idea.
What is the case for doing it anyway?
Collaboration utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach is key to making innovation a successful part of the organization’s culture. Having members present from different areas of the organization helps introduce new information, different perspectives, and helps spark insights that lead to innovative ideas. A multidisciplinary team can also assess the pros and cons of the potential solution and determine if the idea is a reasonable and feasible solution to the organizational problem. If key members are not present, the team could spend time working through a problem with what they believe is an innovative solution, only to find out it is not possible. Collaborating with members of the organization who innovate regularly and who represent key areas is instrumental to building your organization’s innovative culture.
How can you do it?
- Find key leaders at your organization who are creative and innovative.
- Make sure you have representation from key areas throughout the organization, but not so many representatives that the group cannot think and brainstorm freely.
- Select a time to meet every week and make it a standing meeting on your calendar.
- Select one person to present an organizational problem to the group each week.
- Spend time brainstorming and talking through the problem and the potential solutions. The multidisciplinary team approach will trigger insights in members of your team that will ultimately lead to innovative solutions, if they are needed.
How has an innovative idea led to an improved result at your organization?