While innovation may be key to a company’s success – whether in the quest to achieve growth, drive sales, or develop new products – a common challenge for business leaders is how to encourage innovation while managing the demands of daily operations.
In 2017, a Deloitte business confidence survey of 600 senior business leaders found that managers pursuing innovation were unsure of how to make it happen and often undermined their innovation goals.
According to the survey, leadership behaviour contributes between 20 and 67% of a company’s creative climate and concludes that leadership is the most important factor for encouraging innovation and creativity. The report notes that leaders should act in ways that promote and support innovation at individual, team and organisational levels.
Rowan Beattie, Pyrotec’s MD, has always believed that organisations adopt the characteristics of their leaders. He values above-board business dealings, innovative production focus, and constantly questioning the status quo by pushing the boundaries. ‘Our company’s mission – Together, We Grow – percolates through all operational aspects of our business and is reflected in the watchwords – quality, operational efficiency, innovation and communication – we work by,’ Rowan maintains. ‘We are committed to life-long learning and are adamant that Pyrotec remains innovative. We continue to build our reputation and want to be respected as the best – both locally and internationally – based on our competence.’
Rowan believes that if leaders don’t create environments in which employees are encouraged to come up with ideas and execute them, these gems may pass you by altogether. Promoting a culture that sustains innovation and creativity needs the encouragement and support of the company’s leaders.
Remaining agile while embracing change and still effectively managing day-to-day business operations and creating time for innovation requires steadfast commitment. Rowan believes that adding value should always be central to innovation. ‘Knowing what our customers want and understanding industry trends and market conditions help us to add value for our customers and set the benchmark for the products and services we offer,’ he concludes.
To learn more about Pyrotec’s innovated product offering, visit www.pyrotec.co.za.