Successful innovation is like perfect cheese: It takes patience and time. If you want the very best innovation, you must let it ripen as you perfect it over time.
In the coming chapters, we will go through each step of the Flywheel and unpack them within the context of your new Ideanote workspace and your desired innovation goals.
If this is your first encounter with idea management, it’s important not to rush things.
Instead, take your time and let things grow organically from one local mission to multiple global ones, and on.
We recommend starting in, e.g., one team and then adding from there as you test, improve, and reiterate to find your unique style that fits your innovation goals and internal culture.
You must set clear goals for your first months of innovation-led growth.
In our experience, you can get familiar with Ideanote in less than an afternoon. Still, you will need up to a month to get everything else in place, including planning the process and activating the right people.
Later, we will touch on KPIs and what makes for excellent measurable goals, so start thinking about what would constitute success for you and your team now and in the longterm.
Could it be X ideas collected? Maybe Y people engaged? How about Z new projects implemented?
Companies come in all shapes and sizes, and although you can learn a lot from others' experiences and best practices, you shouldn't be afraid to make this journey your own.
Get some of your people aboard today and ask them how they would approach their first mission. You don’t have to invite everyone and their dog, but maybe 2-8 relevant stakeholders you think might be valuable on your shared journey.
Let these people know that you’re still in the early stages, and you would appreciate their insights. In the end, you'll all need each other as you tweak your innovation process, making it better each time a new mission launches.