Whether you are planning a new product, a new business venture, or simply brainstorming, here are some tips to help boost creativity and innovation within your business:

 1.        Do not assume the current way is the right way

Challenge long standing processes that are currently used within your business and promote evolution of new systems and ideas for your business.   Be as innovative as you like.

 2.        Ask the questions - What are you doing and why? 

Do not stray from your original mission unless it's clear that the new route will be beneficial.   Always align your tasks with your goals, however make sure that you assess these regularly so you know what you are doing, and why.   You can use this as a form of tracking.

 3.        The first solution may not be the most effective 

Hurrah you found one!!  However do not stop there.  Refine it to ensure it's the best solution, test it, put it to use and then adapt it as necessary.

 4.        Meet new people in new Industries

It is amazing what happens beyond your bubble.  Open yourself for new viewpoints and creative avenues that could relate to your business.  Find out about Business Networking evenings in your area and go along.  Take team members that you think might be interested in what is being presented; you may be surprised at what you learn about other industries.

 5.        Inspire the team with real business success stories

Encourage them to learn and relate.  Invite guest speakers to team meetings or watch inspirational clips together on YouTube.

 6.        You can not learn less

Regularly research new ideas or possibilities.  You never know what will trigger a fantastic idea.  Most of this can be done online through social media; but encourage brainstorming and team input on projects or product business possibilities.

 7.        Do not bury issues - Celebrate them!! 

Make problem solving fun, and have the team break from their daily tasks to brainstorm.  You could learn a lot from their fresh perspectives, and they will enjoy being a part of the decision making process.

 8.        Your employees are your first and most important customers 

Treat them with the necessary respect and value their opinions.