Innovation can come in many guises, but one Sedgemoor based company has turned the word on its head
Bridgwater based training, counselling and coaching company, New Leaf Life Design, looked at the word 'Innovation' and considered how they could use the free thinking it takes to be innovative and to allow it into the heart of the business. So successful have they been in doing this that they have been recognised as leaders in this field, winning an award for Innovation in Business at the Sedgemoor Excellence in Business Awards 2019.
Becky Wright Founder and RSA Fellow said:
"It was such an honour to be presented with this award by Lord Triesman from Gravity. We have been close to winning awards for our work before but this time we knew we had something special to shout about."
And it appears the judges agreed.
The turning point for New Leaf was when Becky started exploring how she could change the leadership of the company, making it more inclusive and collaborative. Becky saw it as a real opportunity to increase the strength and scope of the organisation, creating a sustainable business that could have a genuine impact that hit further than the economy.
"This was a truly exciting, but sometimes scary journey to make. We have achieved a self-managing structure so we don't have a hierarchy in the conventional sense, but a far more fluid system. There is still a sense of leadership but the process of emergence has changed the way that is needed now.
"This allows the people, who make up the heart of the company, to be themselves and work towards a shared purpose beyond that of competition. Once you begin to think about how you can do things differently, your perception changes. Yes, there is still ambition but it is not the destructive driver it can be, instead it is replaced by cared for and shared challenges", explains Becky.
New Leaf Life Designs founder firmly believes it is going to be the best yet:
"I received support from Nick Parker RSA Fellow and since adopting this approach, we are engaging with more and more businesses who value the way we work. Our work is bringing greater satisfaction to the team and we are enjoying the new found freedom that comes with losing the shackles of traditional management and embracing the fresh and free thinking that has become our new driver."
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