Entrepreneur, best-selling author, and keynote speaker Josh Linkner encouraged CUNA's America’s Credit Union Conference attendees to a specific innovation challenge Wednesday.
In the next seven days, find one idea for creative disruption. "Just think about it," he says. "Don't wait for money or regulatory approval."
Just think about an idea, Linkner says, and if everyone else at your credit union does the same, "the creative vibe will spill over you.”
Pause for a moment when your instincts tell you to act, says Linkner.
"Those pause moments are our chance for innovative, nontraditional leadership moments," says Linkner, says the author of “Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity” and “The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation.”
The ideas don’t need to be huge to make a difference. Find success in small steps. The way "credit union artists" interact on a daily basis can build up to meaningful change, he says.
Furthermore, he says, build a culture that accepts innovation.
Linkner advises that credit union leaders create a safe environment for employees to share their ideas. Make it easy to say "yes" to innovation by having an appetite for small, controlled experiments.
"Fear is the poisonous force against creativity," he says. "You hold yourself back—instead of sharing your crazy ideas, you share only the safe ideas."
Your idea doesn't have to be perfect, bulletproof, or ready for prime time. "Apply innovation in little bursts," Linkner says.
You can innovate better with these five strategies: