Dr. Evans Baiya, HR.com

In my work, I hear a lot of reasons why people don't engage in innovation: "That's not part of my job description." "I'm not and idea person." "Innovation doesn't really apply to my industry." "We don't need innovation right now. Our company is doing just fine." "Our workforce is already well trained." "The CEO is the one who comes up with new ideas.

The most common misconception about innovation is that it's only for the chosen few—the chosen few decision makers, the chosen few departments, the chosen few industries, the chosen few gurus, experts, and technical folks. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Throughout the six stages of innovation, there is a place for everyone. In fact, you will miss out on the valuable talents and contributions of your team if you don't involve everyone in the organization—from CEO to entry-level admin. Read more.