For innovation to succeed, we must cultivate a sense of worth for both ourselves and others. Do you encourage your colleagues? Do you embrace their ideas and help them achieve their goals? Do you keep trying even when someone else dismisses your suggestion? Or do you fall behind on a goal?
These questions are not just for our managers and supervisors. Each of us contributes to making others feel valued and worthwhile at work. We also make a personal choice—to give up or try again—in light of our own obstacles and setbacks.
In her book, Daring Greatly, Dr. Brené Brown writes:
“The secret killer of innovation is shame. You can't measure it but its there. Every time someone holds back a new idea, fails to give their manager much needed feedback, and is afraid to speak up, you can be sure shame played a part. That deep fear we all have of being wrong, of being belittled and of feeling less than, is what stops us from taking the very risks required to move our companies forward. Shame becomes fear. Fear leads to risk aversion. Risk aversion kills innovation. The bottom line is that daring greatly requires worthiness.”
Innovation grows in environments where people feel like their ideas are valued and respected. It’s up to each of us to build this type of workplace. It’s too easy to criticize and complain. We must instead strive to find the value in ourselves and each other. – This Progress Report was written by: Melissa Field