Innovation

INNOVATION ≠ PING PONG TABLE

INNOVATION ≠ PING PONG TABLE

"Our people need privacy! Can you surround them completely in fabric screens? Just don't let it look like a workstation because that makes people feel terrible.

Wait, but they also need to collaborate. So the screens can't be too tall. Maybe we need 87 conference rooms?

While the above might be just a tad exaggerated, everyone who comes through our doors these days does seem to have their own slight variation on this list of requests. As furniture ninjas, we know what they're actually asking for is an environment that strikes that oh-so delicate balance of fostering creativity and innovation for both individuals and groups.

Oh yeah, and we also want to be like Google, so can you suggest a nice ping pong table and a sectional sofa?"

DOES YOUR COMPANY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO INNOVATE?

DOES YOUR COMPANY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO INNOVATE?


A few years ago, IBM conducted a survey of 1,709 chief executive officers in 64 countries about which looming business challenges keep them up at night. Unsurprisingly in today's fast-paced global economy, a whopping 94% of the CEOs listed continual innovation as their most critical pressure.

We all know innovation is the process of making a novel and useful idea into a reality, and that coming up with a slew of small ideas that lead to an innovative breakthrough is called the creative process. But how can you actively drive your employees towards creativity? Why do some companies seem to innovate effortlessly, while others lag behind? Where can we find more of that sweet, sweet secret sauce?