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Our top 10 ways to innovate at work every day

You know what they say, only boring people get bored. No matter how mundane you find some of your every day tasks, if you apply some innovation to daily problems then you can not only get more from what you do but help to move your career forward too.

  1. Buddy up. If there’s someone else looking for similar progress, who has a similar mindset to you, buddy up to help encourage and motivate each other. This is a great way to ensure you have accountability that will keep you inspired and moving in the right direction.
  2. Small-scale innovation really works. You don’t have to focus only on the big ideas and projects to make a difference. Making lots of small, innovative changes can add up to a greater whole, from something as simple as altering the wording on your email signature to getting up an hour earlier every day.
  3. Look for inspiration. From travel images to movie posters or tycoon quotes, use anything that gives you a feeling of motivation to help boost your daily mood by surrounding yourself with it at the office.
  4. Make it visual. If you have ideas then put them into physical form, from images and graphics to prototypes – visuals make more of an impact and people are much more likely to understand what you’re trying to achieve if you present it in this way.
  5. Consider the option of standing up. From meetings to informal chats, standing instead of sitting changes the entire dynamic. You might find you get more done this way and that others are more efficient too.
  6. Identify when you’re sleepwalking. All of us have moments in the day when we’re just on autopilot. Identify the times when this happens to you and find ways to do those jobs differently so that you’re always present.
  7. Look around you. Make sure you spend enough time out of the office each day to feel refreshed and remain alert. Use your time outside to be fully present and notice everything around you, from the smallest blade of grass to huge buildings and the details of human faces.
  8. Explore the idea of a ban. You can force yourself to do things differently if you take certain things off the table. So, for example, you might ban yourself from using a word that you tend to write a lot or certain communication tools. See how innovative you can be when your regular patterns are disrupted.
  9. Feed creativity with creativity. Spend the first hour of your day immersed in creativity, whether that’s listening to music or podcasts, sharing ideas or doing something like sketching or singing. You’ll find your imagination sparked by this far more than just diving into your emails as soon as you wake up.
  10. What would Obama do? It doesn’t’ have to be a historic ex president but take your hero and think about what they would do if faced with a situation like you’re in and use that inspiration to approach it differently.

It’s simple to innovate at work every day – try these 10 steps and see how much more inspired you feel afterwards.

Find out more by booking onto our Creativity & Innovation training course…

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PTP stands for Practical Training for Professionals and our aim is to make our training as practical as possible so delegates can return to the workplace with skills they can implement immediately. PTP now delivers training to over 40% of the FTSE 100.

What you get for your money

What is 1-to-1 training?

1-to-1 training can be based on any of the 100 plus courses that PTP provides, it includes an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site one to one training session at your premises with one of PTP's expert trainers and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

You have the option of a line manager being involved in both telephone conferences, the second telephone conference which can be for feedback and action planning is generally scheduled during the on-site visit.

Who does 1-to-1 training suit?

Individuals taking on a new challenge or responsibilities. Professionals who want a trusted "sounding board" and thinking partner. Executives or managers who want to enhance their leadership effectiveness to achieve organizational and career success. Executives and professionals wanting to compete successfully but still retain balance in their life. Individuals who want to understand their blind spots so that they don't stand in their own way on their path to success. Executives and Professionals who want to improve their interpersonal skills so as to be more effective with bosses, peers, subordinates, or people in general. How much does 1-to-1 training cost?

A 1-to-1 training session costs from as little as £400 + VAT and will include an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site training at your premises and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

What is U-Choose?

Choose from any of the 150 plus courses that PTP provides, and choose from 1 of our 50 plus UK wide training venues. You must book for 2 or more delegates and at least 4 weeks in advance, but that’s it, the course you want where you want it. The reason we ask for a minimum of 4 weeks notice is to enable us to market the course you have scheduled to other companies and organisations. However, if we fail to sell any additional places we guarantee to run the course just for you.

How much does U-Choose Training cost?

U-choose costs the same as our normal open courses i.e. the normal delegate rate. This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, framed certification and comprehensive training notes. A U-Choose booking can only be confirmed once we receive payment which can be made via credit/debit card, BACS or cheque. Payment is due at least 4 weeks before the date you request. Please note to be eligible for U-Choose you must book a minimum of 2 delegates on the same course & date.