Make the month ahead "Innovation Month" and borrow some sick ideas from the world's best innovators to make it a great month for you.
Adopting a Framework inspired by Google's 20% time is a valuable strategy for fostering innovation, skill improvement, and employee satisfaction. This model encourages team members to allocate a fraction of their work week to side projects or skill mastery, contributing to both individual growth and potential organizational innovation.
Introduction Meeting: Schedule a meeting to introduce the concept to your team. Explain how Google and other innovative companies have benefited from such a strategy.
Skill Identification: During this meeting or shortly thereafter, have each team member specify a skill or project they want to focus on. Make sure they're as specific as possible to aid in focus and faster mastery.
Goal Setting: Ask team members to set achievable goals related to their chosen skill or project. The goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).
Time Allocation: Clearly allocate time slots in which team members can work on their projects. This time should be uninterrupted and purely focused on the side project or skill-building.
Progress Tracking: Regularly track the progress of each team member on their chosen project or skill. This could be via weekly updates or a shared tracking document.
Flexibility in Scheduling: Allow team members the flexibility to reschedule their project time if interrupted by urgent tasks or emergencies. The idea is to foster innovation without adding stress.
Celebrating Wins: Small or big, celebrate the achievements made in these projects. This could range from acquiring a new skill to developing a new feature or even uncovering a process improvement.
Review and Adapt: After a set period, gather all team members to discuss what they have learned or developed. Evaluate whether the initiative should continue, be adjusted, or scrapped based on its effectiveness.
Feedback Gathering: After the first cycle, collect feedback from team members on the effectiveness, challenges, and benefits of having a Challenge Growth Window.
Quantify Benefits: Calculate the ROI of these projects, whether it's in new skills learned, time saved, or even potential revenue from a new product feature.
Optimize and Iterate: Use the feedback and quantifiable metrics to optimize the process for the next cycle of the Challenge Growth Window.