Organization and execution. Develop a culture of capturing action steps as meetings conclude. This results in increased accountability.
Communal forces. Three types usually make up work teams: dreamers, who love to brainstorm; doers, who keep the train running on time and don't like to veer; and incrementalists, who can go back and forth between ideas. You need all three types to innovate but companies also must learn ways to empower one or the other when appropriate.
- Leadership. A simple point for leaders to remember, Belsky says: Talk last. If you begin by telling employees what you think about an idea, most employees will agree with you. And that practice does nothing to promote creative thinking.