Companies consistently pass up or cast out those who create friction, cause insecurity among leaders, or make other employees uncomfortable. It's their loss--since those mavericks are often their best shot at true innovation.

via Fast Company

What can organizations do to grow their employees into innovators?

  1. Empower employees with time, responsibility, and resources to experiment and come up with innovations.
  2. Provide asymmetric incentives, which consist of strong rewards for success with weak penalties for failure.
  3. Bring inside the organization a little of the competition that flourishes outside in the marketplace.

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