Innovation isn't just a buzzword

Peter Gorton
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Peter Gorton
May 17, 2024

Image courtesy of WA Public Sector Innovation Network.

Innovation isn't just a buzzword; it's a crucial driver of growth and sustainability in today's dynamic business environment.

At the core of successful innovation lies a vibrant work culture that fosters creativity, collaboration, and continuous improvement.

Our very own Peter Gorton recently attended The Australian Innovation Management Institute (AIMI) Public Sector Innovation session with the following sector leaders:

  • Jodi Cant, Director General, WA Department of Finance
  • Linda Dawson, Deputy Director General – Industry, Science and Innovation, WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
  • Michelle Crean, Principal Consultant, Business Improvement, WA Department of Education, and Co-Chair, WA Public Sector Innovation Network
  • Charlie Gunningham, Director of Innovation, WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

The conversation emphasised that a supportive and agile work culture is vital for nurturing innovation.

Here's Pete's takeaways of why that is!

1. Encourages Creative Thinking:

A culture that celebrates new ideas and risk-taking inspires employees to think outside the box, leading to groundbreaking solutions.

2. Enhances Collaboration:

Teams that work well together share knowledge and skills, driving collective problem-solving and innovative outcomes.

3. Attracts Top Talent:

Companies known for their innovative culture attract forward-thinking professionals eager to contribute to and grow with such an environment.

4. Drives Customer Satisfaction:

Innovative organisations consistently develop better products and services, meeting and exceeding customer expectations.Creating a culture that supports innovation isn't an overnight process.

In my 20+ years of work across various sectors I have seen corporate culture easily destroyed in a short period of time - due to corporate actions or other major change. It requires commitment from leadership, open communication, and a willingness to embrace change and learn from failures.

The Australian Innovation Management Institute

A BIG thanks to the AIMI team - Kent Matla, Greg Riebe and Eva Chye for making the event possible and opening important discussions that support innovation that lives here in WA.

Let's champion a work culture where ideas flourish and innovation thrives! 💡🚀

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