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Innovative Management in the Future

Researchers at the Harvard Business School believe that management in business could change a great deal in the upcoming years. Professor Jim Heskett sees the possibility that the continued Internet development that is occurring so quickly will continue to affect the way a manager interacts with employees and the kinds of issues he or she will need to address.

The new communities that have been prompted into growth by the Internet are another factor that have changed the face of management. There are new attitudes toward work in society and among members of the upcoming generation.

Future managers will be focused on building “nimble” organizations that emphasize innovation from all employers. He says there will be an emphasis on allowing employees to think, take reasonable risks outside of the core business functions.

He sees that there will be more freedom and self-management and less of the traditional management as we understand it today.

In such organizations, employees need less pushing and motivational verbiage and more of a shared sense of urgency about solving problems.

There is evidence that companies who utilize this innovative business model are not only different kinds of businesses, but are also more profitable than other companies in their sector. Read more about Heskett and his ideas at http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/5887.html#original.

Getting Your Team to Collaborate in Order to Innovate

Itís shown again and again that effective teams generate enthusiasm and energy, resulting in innovation and positive results. But every group of individuals does not work together as a team. Many lack the cohesiveness and positive attitude necessary to create innovative solutions.

Great teams are coached and led by each member of the team. There is no one individual ďin chargeĒ who feels success and failure him or herself, while other members are immune.

Therefore, the team culture begins with the company leadership. Dozens of organizational development studies show through the years that a companyís culture is largely created and modified by an organizationís leaders. So leaders much be positive role models of communication and collaboration.

Having a positive attitude toward life in general as well as the project at hand is vital for successful team building.

There must be open communication and support for one another. Difficulties than need to be solved should be presented in a positive, not hopeless, way, and all ideas to solve the problem should be welcomed.

The team needs to understand what it is to collaborate, and needs to be onboard with the idea. Educate, model and allocate resources to the training and building of collaboration in your teams.

Promote and encourage good collaborators, and reassign those who bring a negative attitude to the team and refuse to communicate.

Keep practicing collaboration all the time, not just when there is a crisis. If the team is constantly looking for things that arenít working well and trying to find solutions for those challenges, then the team will know how to address emergency situations.