By Roberto Gauvin, consultant at Edunovis
In this text, Roberto Gauvin, education consultant at Edunovis, offers 6 ideas for developing an innovation stance in education.
1- Look for solutions
When adopting an innovative posture, it is important to be curious and to be driven by the desire to do better. We then come to consider new ways of doing certain things and to see how other organizations go about being successful. We are then looking for solutions that can meet our needs and that allow us to move forward in the direction we want to take.
2- see meaning
When we contribute to an organization, it is essential to feel that what we do has meaning and that it is valued. In the absence of meaning, it is easy to only perform low-level tasks and have a lower degree of satisfaction. To be successful in your workplace, it is important to value ideas and recognize people's contributions. When these feel truly appreciated, they usually align their own vision with that of the organization.
3- Knowing how to take risks
Non-verbal messages for risk taking should not be underestimated. It's easy to say loud and clear that taking risk is a value of our organization. On the other hand, our behaviors when people fail, make mistakes or make bad choices quickly trace a groove in the culture of the organization. In some organizations, people are asked to take risks, but they are berated if they are wrong. People learn to play the game.
4- Build your own network
Many people experience the same problems in their work and it is often not necessary to reinvent the wheel to find solutions. Developing a network inside the organization, but also with people from outside who share the same challenges, the same passions and who want to share their knowledge, is crucial to move forward. With new technologies, the possibilities of developing your own professional learning network are becoming easier.
5- Read, meet and visit
A gold mine of information is at our disposal. It is increasingly easier to be able to find what you are looking for virtually and in person. Conferences of all kinds, sharing networks and organizations opening their doors are accessible everywhere. Often, it is enough to make a request to receive information, to make a visit or to meet people. Successful organizations are generally comfortable sharing and allowing a site visit.
6- Knowing how to leave traces
Successful organizations leave traces of their journey and successes. The advantage of sharing your successes and challenges often allows you to expand your network and meet people who are going through the same difficulties and who are asking the same questions. When we have to explain what we are doing, it is more likely to better understand what we are doing. A blog, a web page, messages on social networks are great avenues to explore in order to leave traces and find them.
This text is also available as an infographic on the Edunovis website.