Leading organizations recognize that innovative ideas can come from any one of their team members, not just management. In fact, it is often those who are closest to the action that can see most intimately what is working properly in an organization and what can be done more efficiently. But how do you open the doors of communication to everyone, without regard to hierarchy?

[Tweet “Open lines of communication begin with visibility & accessibility of organizational #leaders. “]

Creating open lines of communication begins with the visibility and accessibility of the organizational leaders. Monthly department and team meetings, suggestion forms on the company’s intranet and small, intimate lunches with corporate leaders are all means to encourage innovation and communication oblivious to chain of command.

This level of interaction can happen when the leadership of an organization:

  • Values input from everyone
  • Demonstrates the ability to listen to ideas without shutting team members down
  • Demonstrates a willingness to implement changes

How does your company open the doors of communication and promote innovation?


As the CEO & Founder of East Tenth Group, Michelle leverages 25 years of business and experience as a strategic advisor and executive coach to help drive actionable people solutions and provide practical insights on business strategy to senior leaders. she and her team and are fiercely committed to the development and growth of people and companies because we believe that when people thrive, business thrives.

Learn More About Michelle