Do you have an idea that has the potential to disrupt an industry and challenge the existing status quo?  If an idea is the spark that kick starts your venture, innovation is the fuel that keeps it going.

Innovation is a buzzword, but how you interpret and implement it in your long-term strategy can be the difference between a project that flourishes and one that flounders. Innovation should be the lifeblood of your endeavor and be included in all your activities.

Here are 4 ways to ensure that innovation is always present.

  1. Incremental Innovation While your existing course plan may be satisfying your current crop of students, ensure that there are processes underway to identify gaps and solutions. This can range from investing in new technology to tweaking course notes or even simply adding more value for your students. Be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to your evaluating the courses you offer.
  2. Introducing a Fresh Perspective When hiring educators, instead of looking for people who will ‘fit in’, seek out people who will challenge your own assumptions and biases and bring in new ideas and views, you should focus on creating a conducive environment where people are encouraged to branch out instead of ‘going with the flow.’
  3. Change your mind, not your mission Dismantle any rigid protocols that prevent your full potential from being explored. Ask your team ‘Is there another way to do this?’ for any existing processes.
  4. Creating Cross Functional Teams Encourage teams with different skill sets to workshop and brainstorm together. Cross-functional teams can greatly increase organizational agility and are able to create and execute innovative ideas in a far more holistic manner

Share successes and failures

It’s easy to trumpet your own success, but there is much to be learned from failures- both your own and that of others. Analyze the gaps in what went wrong and ensure that the takeaways are shared with the whole team to avoid repetitions and to help you take different routes next time.

Be willing to experiment and test the sustainability of innovative and disruptive ideas. Go back to the drawing board each time you feel like you’re in a rut. Surround yourself with people who can help you view your ideas from a different lens and recognize that there’s always room for improvement and growth.