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When you look for innovation inspiration, it’s natural to look at others that have been successful. Netflix, Google, Disney, SpaceX, and more have all risen to the tops of their industries by producing innovation after innovation. And while it’s exciting when Google announces that they’ve developed an assistant that can make phone calls to schedule appointments for you and pass as a real person, it can also be somewhat deflating. Of course Google can do that. They have billions of dollars and 80,000 employees. How could little ol’ me ever hope to do something like that?
Fortunately there’s hope. None of these companies started off with a billion dollars. And even though they’re all in different industries, there’s one thing they all did from the very beginning. They learned how to evolve. Rather than come up with one big “disruptive” idea over night, they found success through evolution. By starting small and then taking one small step at a time, they got better and better.
It’s one thing, though, to commit to making small continuous change, but it’s another thing entirely to know what to change or how to change it. Without any kind of direction, you’ll wind up in an endless spiral. Fortunately there are three tried-and-true methods for finding what to change: feedback, retrospectives, and research. Through these methods you can ensure that your changes are taking you in the right direction, setting your organization on the path of true evolution.