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How effective are you at driving innovation?

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SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How effective are you at driving innovation?

  • Very — I generate a ton of innovative ideas: 37.68%
  • Kind of — I’ll be inspired from time to time: 51.84%
  • Infrequently — Inspiration is hard to find: 7.65%
  • Rarely — I can’t remember my last great idea: 2.83%

Innovation takes Time.  The day to day can consume us leaving us precious little time for innovation.  And there’s a big difference between incrementalism and true innovation.  To generate those truly big ideas, try carving out at least two focused hours per month for you and your team to ask some challenging innovation questions that will help you find those big ideas.  Dedicated time and a rigorous approach to innovation will make all the difference between ideas and big ideas.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS and author of “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”