How to Be Innovative in a Changing Industry | Forbes Women’s Summit
By Ashford University Staff
We’ve all heard it said that the business world is changing, that technology is evolving, and no industry has gone unaffected by the seemingly overnight advancements in tech. As these developments trickle down the levels from industry to company to leaders, what will the changes mean to you? Innovation leads to unprecedented opportunities. Learn from these leaders in innovation at the Forbes Women’s Summit and explore innovative business programs at the Forbes School of Business & Technology™.
What you do to innovate and affect change can have a major impact not only on your day-to-day, but on the organization as a whole. Whether you find yourself in a leadership role or supporting someone who is, you have the opportunity to be innovative, intrapreneurial (more to come on this topic), and impactful at your own company.
How to Innovate & Change the Landscape
What you can do is just wide ocean.
To move forward and disrupt the way things have traditionally been done, start by adopting a problem mindset. Look at your processes, operations, and industry as a whole and ask what’s wrong with the way you’re doing this and what problems occur for you or your customers along the way. “Innovation is that beginner’s mind,” says Tiffani Bova, Director of Thought Leadership at Salesforce. “It’s looking at similar problems that you always have, trying to solve them, and then uncovering problems you didn’t even know existed, or that are new issues and opportunities for you to improve.”
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Although it’s difficult to say exactly what the future of business will look like or what the next innovation to affect the industry will be, leaders at the Forbes Women’s Summit wholeheartedly agree that women, education, and opportunity will contribute to coming changes. Amy Dacey, Executive Vice President at MWWPR, asserts that not only do we see business innovating, but also the very way we work is evolving. Amy Dacey, Executive Vice President at MWWPR, asserts that not only do we see business itself innovating but with the rise of things like automation also the very way day-to-day work in industries like health care, manufacturing, technology, etc will also evolve. “The future of work is changing, and that will affect what people decide to study, what industry they decide to go in. Automation— what that will change—in health care, in manufacturing, in the tech industry…”
“There are no limitations, “ agrees Heather Wilson, Executive Vice President and Managing Director at MWWPR, “and I think that opens up opportunities, because when you’re not constrained by geography and location, what you can do is just wide ocean.”
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