The leaders of modern companies agree that team members need to be prepared and collaborate very closely with each other when changes in organization start. Innovation also mean upcoming changes, so the team faces challenges not only on the issues of innovation implementation but also the ones caused by the general changes in the organization. How to manage all of it and prepare for the desired success as smoothly as possible? Kaunas Science and Technology Park (Kaunas STP) team have participated in the international trainings on the 11-13th December, together with representatives of Erasmus + program project Flourish partners. Training participants had analyzed the process of innovation in organizations.
“Innovation are not only implemented by technology start-ups, which are the majority in our Kaunas STP innovation community, but also by any other organization. For example, adapting the virtual collaboration platform for organization's project department will have the basic stages of innovation application, and in this case, the involvement of innovation implementations coordinators would be particularly useful for better management and optimization of the situation,” says Ramunė Guogienė, representative for Flourish project in Lithuania.
During the training, the participants analyzed an example of one particular organization and simulated work with its team from the first meeting until the final result, the action plan for solving the problem. Initially, on the first day of training, representatives of organizations promoting innovation got to know the initial consultation procedure and diagnosis methods of the company.
“It is important not only to know the processes, but also to communicate with the team in a timely and clear manner. Of course, it requires a lot of work, but is worth it. It helps the team to collaborate more closely and encourages to offer their ideas and opportunities for improvement, but also the process itself does get lost in the background of the organization's internal communication noise,” states R. Guogienė, who works at Kaunas STP Innovation Community.
Participants learned how to help the organization identify the most important issues to help the team to identify possible disruptions. On the second day of training, participants practically applied the Creative Problem-Solving method. The future coaches learned to be the facilitators of this method. The last day was dedicated to work with small groups, and participants coordinated several teams using creative problem-solving techniques.
Kaunas Science and Technology Park has joined the international Flourish project with European innovation ecosystem developers in order to help the local innovation community to develop the skills needed to create, implement and adapt innovation. The project aims to develop methods for teams of small and micro businesses that would help to accelerate innovation implementation processes more fluently.