One of the biggest barriers for Innovation is the cruel culture of busyness of today’s management style. Most of the managers I know are extremely busy, their diaries are full with meetings and they are totally exhausted by end of the week.
If you want to be a great leader and create an organisation where passion and intellect is utilized to to the maximum, then you need to set an example and create more thinking time for yourself and every other team member in your organisation.
This bold step, may seem too much of a culture change for many managers. A simple way to get this started is to give your staff freedom to spend 15%-20% of their time on projects or a cause they are passionate about. Companies like 3M, Google, GoreTex are ideal examples of organisations that have successfully implemented this policy and have created businesses that fully utilise the collective wisdom, enthusiasm, energy and creatively of their human capital.