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Friday, July 1, 2022

Lean Quote: The Secret to Innovation is Freedom

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.  —  George Washington

Let freedom ring! It’s that time of year where we celebrate summer and America's Declaration of Independence. George Washington defined freedom best when he said, “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”

Innovation is the most important fact about the modern world, but one of the least well understood. It is the reason that most people today live lives of prosperity and wisdom compared with their ancestors. … The main ingredient and the secret sauce that leads innovation is freedom. Freedom to exchange, experiment, imagine, invest, and fail. … 

Autonomy around process fosters creativity because giving people freedom in how they approach their work heightens their intrinsic motivation and sense of ownership. Freedom about process also allows people to approach problems in ways that make the most of their expertise and their creative-thinking skills. The task may end up being a stretch for them, but they can use their strengths to meet the challenge.

Give employees complete freedom to offer ideas. Let them know you welcome ideas at any time, in any form: in the suggestion box; by e-mail, voice-mail or memo; at staff meetings or during hallway conversations. This encourages people to share their ideas in the first flush of enthusiasm, so that good ideas don't end up on the back burner where they may be forgotten.

A culture of creativity and innovation in the workplace directly contributes to business success. By giving employees the freedom to cultivate and find creative solutions to their daily tasks or business problems, they become more productive, motivated, and inspired.

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