What is Better for Innovation? Small Ideas vs. Big Ideas

Bigger and brighter ideaDo you want your employees to come up with a “breakthrough” idea, one that will be a game-changer for your organization?

It probably won’t immediately come in the form of just one big idea. Ideas focused on solving day-to-day workplace complications make up the first steps of large-scale innovation.

How to Encourage Small Ideas

  • Small does not mean insignificant. Underline the importance of submitting quality ideas.
  • Make it easy to submit ideas!
  • Avoid lag in implementation. Approve the idea and start using it as soon as possible.
  • Recognize employees for their contributions in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Offer ways for employees to grow their ideas.

How to Build Big Ideas

  • Use your small ideas as stepping stones.
  • Create a plan of action. Have clearly outlined steps for everyone to follow, and give them each a significant role to play.
  • Encourage group innovation. Your employees can build on each other’s ideas to make major innovation more achievable.

Ideas both big and small are integral to improving organizational function. Use an innovation management system to collect the small ideas and build the steps to implement the big ones.

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Lauren MacLeod

Hello, I'm your author, Lauren MacLeod. I spend a lot of my time researching the best practices for innovation management, and writing articles to share them. I hope you find them helpful! I work at Accompa - one of our products is IdeaGlow innovation management software.

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