Pip Loader, kicked off Groundswell’s first ever Lunch & Learn session at Our Place, Tauranga. Groundswell intern Emelie Verseput was there to get the low-down.

Pip has loads of experience working with teams from local government to IT (Microsoft), arts & culture, to events, she’s seen it all. All the teams she worked with had in common; they felt they had a lack of time to spend on innovation. Sound familiar?, She’s also learnt how important a future focus is; not having this holds back growth and the ability for organisations to respond and adapt to change.

Describing herself as a ‘plumber’ that can bring backflow to teams, Pip is now busy working on leadership and team development. She passionately believes that everyone is capable of innovation and that it’s something to approach with excitement rather than resistance.

“Innovative teams make time for thinking and future focus”

6 keys to unlocking your innovation

To start this journey we first have to find out what innovation actually is, well luckily Pip laid it out in bite-size pieces for us to wrap our brains around.

1)  Innovation what is it?

  • First off, it’s the act of having new ideas.
  • Secondly, the ideas have to unlock and add value.
  • Lastly, the ideas can be of any size but need to be made real.

2)  What does it look like?

  • Incremental innovation – often known as continuous improvement, is the most common type of innovation because it builds on existing elements in the organisation.
  • Breakthrough innovation – a new technology, product or service that relies on existing business models. Or a new business model that relies on existing technology, products or services.
  • Disruptive or radical innovation – the full transformation process of an industry,  or rewriting the rules for the entire industry.

3)   Why is innovation important?

Innovative cultures achieve more overall, they dare to ask, learn new things and actually show-up to execute their ideas. It’s important to be brave and upfront!

4)   Getting into the numbers…

Research shows that companies that invest in innovation let it impact aspects of their daily routines, and sees them perform better overall. Better teamwork, motivated staff, more intense collaboration and increased adaptability throughout.

5)   But, WHO can innovate?

Well, it’s good news because anyone can. Every team, organisation, business, charity or person can use these theories to make a start towards their plunge into innovation. And sure enough, you WILL see the difference. There has to be a common understanding that innovation is everyone’s responsibility, not just a specific department or person. Once that alignment is there, the brainstorming can begin. Pip challenged us to put aside 2.5% of our week – 1 hour to innovate – to get started – to make small changes – to start listening. If we can’t commit to that now, how serious are we about really becoming innovative?

6)  Gaining new perspectives in the process.

New perspectives and ideas can form if you actively and deeply observe your environment. What’s going on? And what are other people doing around you? “New perspectives unlock new opportunities for innovation”

“So what are you waiting for? Make time, decide on a focal point & start innovating today!”

On Wednesday the 5th of June we hosted our first ever Lunch & Learn session at Our Place Tauranga. We had an awesome group of people turn up, keen to learn about innovation. Do you want to be part of this and learn something new during your lunch break? Check out our next Lunch & Learn session here: https://www.facebook.com/events/399445610642462/

Theories and insights by: Pip Loader
Blog written by: Emelie Verseput