5 Elevator Ideas To Spark Innovation Within Your Business

Corporate elevators are awkward. What a good place to spark innovation!


Innovation seed and creative spirit within a business framework is something to be cherished and cultivated. These are 5 ideas of corporate initiatives that may bring the spirit to a higher level, using company's elevators.

  1. Transform your elevators into “meditation and yoga” spaces for your employees. Zazen meditation, for example, is one way to clear and calm the mind and the participant is meant to face a wall (elevator's, in this case). OSHO Dynamic Meditation is another form of profound meditative practice to get rid of ego. Yoga also works on balance at a more complete level, involving equilibrium of senses, inner states (thoughts and emotions) and bodily movements (actions). Hire a zazen certified practitioner and offer free sessions to anybody in your company taking the elevator during the day, at any hour. People sharing a common space will create and delve into a more calm and ready to innovate culture.
  2. Play binaural sounds in elevators. Binaural sounds are engineered to induce good creative states to the brain. It will train anybody's mind to self generate alpha and possibly theta states of relaxation and creativity. Mixed with relaxing music, they make a perfect audio companion.
  3. Have a “Yes, and ...” elevator policy in your company. Everybody should play along by not blocking anything being said or shown by others in an elevator. Each employee should be aware to start their dialog by repeatedly saying “yes, and ...”. This improvisational exercise will help open up minds, ideas and emotions. 
  4. Instill a culture of “the doodling whiteboard in the elevator” in your company: have each elevator walled with whiteboards. Encourage employees to doodle their mind on these whiteboards and then create a “book of company's doodles”. Doodling is a way of releasing creativity. Doodles have meaning. Have meetings based on discussing the Book of Company Elevator Doodles and use them as input for creative processes. Semco uses a small booklet under the form of a compilation of cartoons called “The Survival Manual” and this is the only form of procedure they have. MBWA - “Management by Wandering Around” is also a form of doodling, “management doodling”, in the sense that managers wander around and participate in various managerial tasks,  without having a formal plan set up before.
  5. Rotate and swap your employees and managers. Make a guiding policy out of changing the nature each employee's job, once in a while (one day each week). The ones finding themselves together in the elevator in the morning will swap their roles for that day. The more the employees understand all the workings of the company, the more they will contribute to the development of the flows and procedures. From different angles, problems have various solutions and may be solved with better and up-to-date ideas.

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