3 ways to inspire innovation during construction projects
September 28, 2012
In the construction industry, it is often the most innovative thinkers who are able to get a leg up on the competition. The next big idea isn't going to just come to mind out of nowhere, there are certain things construction business managers must do to spur innovation.
"We're highly socialized and have fixed assumptions about what the world looks like," Barry Staw, an organizational behaviorist at University of California, Berkeley, told Entrepreneur Magazine. "You have to try to envision another world."
Being creative requires a particular set of processes in order to become successful. Construction firm owners hope that creativity can be transferred to constructing a project in the most efficient way. Use these tips from Entrepreneur Magazine for some ways construction business managers and their staff can think outside the box and get their creative juices flowing.
Think about a similar project
Many construction firms have worked on a number of buildings that require them to solve the same challenges and use a number of suppliers on several projects. When stuck on a particular task, construction business managers can think back to a time when a similar obstacle stood in their path. Relying on the past to solve problems in the present can provide insights that aren't apparent when originally trying to come up with a solution.
Consider circumstances when there was a problem
Every day construction workers will encounter issues that bother them when they are completing their jobs. These annoyances can often spur innovation. In fact, some of the most creative inventions have come from when something was bothering someone. For example, mouse traps were created to catch mice that were invading people's homes and offices. Coming up with solutions for annoying issues can start with composing a list of things that are a common distraction.
Turn away from the norm
Some of the world's most famous contractors have thought outside the box and built structures that are marveled at by onlookers. They didn't get famous for using normal practices when planning and building their projects. Instead, they ignored what people considered normal and did what they felt would work the best. Sometimes breaking the rules will inspire innovations that lead to accolades and rewards.