If one of your team development goals is to increase creative thinking and innovative ways of working, you'll be encouraged to hear that innovation is very much a team exercise - the myth of the lone creative genius is just that, a myth.
As author of Mapping Innovation Greg Satell writes in the Harvard Business Review: "Truly breakthrough innovations are not a single event, nor are they achieved by one person, or even within a single organization. Rather, they are when ideas combine to solve important problems."
Satell recommends four ways to focus on innovation from a team development point of view:
These themes echo past team building workshops we've run with clients - a great team is not just a group of great individuals: how a team works together is actually more important than who’s on the team. And innovation is a key part of that: high performing teams bring together individuals to collaborate on common issues, helping each other view problems from a different perspective.