Meirav Peleg Landau
Internal Innovation: 7 Steps to Success
To remain competitive in today's fast-paced and ever-changing business landscape, financial companies must be agile and adaptable. A way to accomplish this is through promoting internal innovation, which involves generating and implementing new ideas and solutions within an organization. Internal innovation is essential for financial companies that want to stay ahead of the curve, remain relevant, anticipate and respond to changes in the market, and create new revenue streams.
Follow our tips for fostering a culture of innovation in your organization:
1. Promote the need for innovation
Communicating innovation's importance and the organization's commitment to it to all employees is the first step. Do that through company-wide emails, meetings, or other internal communication channels you are using.
2. Set up a platform for idea submission
Allow employees to submit ideas for innovation through a platform or system. Use a dedicated innovation portal, a suggestion box, or a designated email address.
3. Analyze ideas
Once ideas have been submitted, review and evaluate them based on pre-defined criteria, such as alignment with the organization's strategy, feasibility, and potential impact. This can be done by a dedicated innovation team or a cross-functional committee.
4. Select the most promising ideas
Prioritize the most promising ideas according to their impact, feasibility, and alignment with the organization's goals.
5. Develop a plan
Develop a plan for implementing the selected ideas, including timelines, resources required, and key performance indicators.
6. Test and refine
Develop a prototype or a minimum viable product (MVP) to test the selected ideas. Gather feedback from customers, employees, and other stakeholders, and refine the product or service based on this feedback.
7. Launch and promote
Once the prototype or MVP has been refined, launch the product or service and promote it through internal and external communication channels. This can include employee newsletters, social media, and other marketing channels.
It is really important that you will remember that innovation is an ongoing process and requires continuous effort and commitment from all levels of the organization.
By following these steps, your organization can establish a structured methodology for encouraging internal innovation that is aligned with the organization's goals and strategy.