How To Be More Innovative In Your Organization

I’m sitting in the passenger seat as my family and I head to Charleston, SC. So I’m not in the driver’s seat…my wife is. She just yelled (in the nicest possible way of course) at the person that was behind us “Get off my A**!”. You’ve been there right? You’re in the left lane, looking to pass some folks that are moving along at the speed of syrup, and here comes a car in your rear view mirror that looks like they are suddenly in your back seat. This life moment helped me reflect on leadership and how people can be more innovative in their organizations. Bare with me…

Do You Push Or Barely Keep Up With The Pace?

Think about you and your current organization. Which one are you? Are you the one pushing? Or the one who is in the left lane, looking to make progress, but not at the pace of those you are leading. I feel like I’ve always been the car that is pushing the pace — and making those who are in leadership feel like I’m tailgating them and they were mentally yelling at me “Get off my A**!” or actually telling me “You can’t work here any more”.

“be the type of leader who has enough courage to invite those they lead to push them, to challenge them”

Great Leadership Takes Courage

Be the type of leader who has enough courage to invite those they lead to push them. There have been very few organizations I’ve been a part of that the leadership took being pushed as a good thing. As a needed thing. My take is that if you want your organization to be innovative, be the type of leader who has enough courage to invite those they lead to push them, to challenge them.

Be Willing To Change But Not Sacrifice Your Mission

Now, I’m not saying to overhaul your company. If you have someone pushing leadership in a direction that goes against your organization’s mission or core values then they should either be counseled on how to push in the same direction that leadership is going or given the opportunity to be successful elsewhere. But if you have a team member who is pushing at a fast pace, and new ways of doing things, encourage them and coach them on how to do this without rear ending leadership and causing wrecks. If you don’t, you run the risk of two things happening. 1: Frustrating the talent to the point that they leave. Or 2: Nothing…which should scare the crap out of you.

Are you thinking of switching lanes in your organization? I’d love to chat about it!

michael aldea go left marketing imageJan Michael Aldea is a jack of all trades finally making good at being well rounded. His background in marketing, consulting, business coaching & training, real estate, fitness, parenthood, marriage, and life makes Michael ill equipped to be in a cubicle, but very equipped to help transform people and companies one (sometimes humorously awkward) step at a time. He is the president and director of business development for Go Left Marketing based out of Charlotte, NC.

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