“Innovative environments promote an open approach where people feel free to share new ideas and take risks. Setting a specific time for brainstorming meetings and sharing what has worked and what hasn’t can make a big difference in innovation and relationship building. One of the leaders we interviewed marveled at the difference just changing the agenda made in leading virtually and innovating. When people on a conference call knew that there would be no criticism for “off the wall” ideas, a special synergy was created. The team also knew that other times would be reserved for analyzing the best courses of action and critiquing alternatives.
Ultimately teams that strive for role clarity and give team members latitude on how they will accomplish the agreed upon objectives set the atmosphere for innovation to occur.”
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