Innovation and Democracy

Democracy, a system of government in which the citizens exercise power directly or elect representatives from among themselves to form a governing body, such as a parliament, sometimes referred as “rule of the majority”. In this post what is common between Innovation and Democracy.

Innovation & Democracy

The concept of democracy can be simply stated as of the people, where the policy makers are from the people, by the people, the policies are by the choice of people either directly or indirectly, and for the people, designed for the well being of a country or region.

According to a study , a country can achieve about 20% higher GDP per capita in long run when switches from non-democracy to democracy. In fact, the global rise of democracy in past 50 years has increased the world GDP by 6%. If this is the impact on global level, imagine what democracy can do at organizational level.

It would definitely be wise choice for organizations who build products /services on different domains apply same principles of democracy to build innovations.

The concept of workplace democracy is decades old. It is indeed a practice of most Fortune 500 companies who believe that losing the grip a bit brings more trust of employees along with positive inflow of innovation and ideas. One can think democracy at work as a key to develop the culture of ownership that brings along the great sense of responsibility towards organization. Democracy at workplace doesn’t mean employees voting on every decision. It is rather a way to make the organizational structure less autocratic and confers more power on employees to foster innovation and creativity, and enhancing productivity.

Briefly, it is important to give the freedom of creativity and expression at all levels. There shouldn’t be a boss, instead the managers who can  lead and rightfully use the powers, listen to every idea and give a fair opinion at individual and collective levels. You have to decentralize the power and free the employees from a delusion of being controlled to maximize the flow of creativity and positivity in the organization.

Employees look beyond want higher packages for motivation and they want to feel included in the growth of organization they are working.

It’s a win-win situation where employees feel that they are critical part of organization and the organization can reap the full benefits of motivated employees.

A democracy based innovation model ensures inflow of smarter ideas that can be calculated collectively to figure out the most accountable ones. Employees won’t only be creative but they will be more synchronized, systematic and self-governed. When they know they affect the growth of the organization, they will be more responsible and ethical.