Merriam-Webster defines innovation as “the introduction of something new; a new idea, method, or device”. As a company we innovate every day whether it’s developing a new application, a new bundle of product offerings, or simply a new way we interact both internally between employees and externally with customers.
Innovation is what keeps us relevant. Without it we would have been out of business a long time ago. We have the gift of employees who constantly push the boundaries. Employees who don’t stop looking for that next great product even though we have a list of similar products that seem to be doing just fine. We aren’t afraid to ask why. We don’t accept “because it’s how we’ve always done it” responses. We’re constantly looking to improve, and improvement equals innovation.
Add the word ‘Responsible’ and we have created one of our core values. Responsible Innovation. Innovating in a way that impacts our customers, our community, and our company in a positive way with an eye to the future. Responsible Innovation can be measured many ways, but here are a few:
• Ethics – Does this innovation align with our core values?
• Sustainability – How does this innovation impact our future? Is it a short win, or a long term win? What resources will it take to get off the ground and maintain throughout its lifecycle? Is there or will there be enough demand?
• Stewardship – Ensuring constant communication with each other and customers to prevent large project overruns, everything we do affects the bottom line.
Who is responsible for innovating? Everyone. Regardless of the department, Responsible Innovation falls on everyone. We aren't afraid to ask why. Asking why often opens the door to innovation. Innovating is what keeps us relevant today, and tomorrow, and ensures that our company will be around for many years to come.
To learn more about Network Center, Inc. core values, please visit our Core Values page
on our website.