Tuesday, May 19, 2009

On Innovation

Yesterday I mentioned that we need to be innovative facing our challenges. But it dawned on me I did not talk about innovation enough. 

Commuting in at 4.30am this morning I was considering it again. Here are some further thoughts...

Innovation is a fashionable word. I use it often, probably too often. But what is innovation and how should we think about it. Or "frame" it?

Think of it as the discovery of new paths, creating something new or a better version of something that already exists.

I looked for innovation in others and found Scott Belsky again. According to Scott Belsky of Behance “part of the process is defying the status quo”. 

Here are a few quotes via Scott…

“The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.” -John Kenneth Galbraith

 “If you can’t solve a problem, it’s because you’re playing by the rules.” -Paul Arden

“The truth is, creativity isn’t about wild talent as much as it’s about productivity. To find a few ideas that work, you need to try a lot that don’t. It’s a pure numbers game.” -Robert Sutton, a professor of management science and engineering at Stanford Engineering School.

Looking to old quotes may not be innovative but nothing wrong from building from the "shoulders of giants". 

Have a good day. 

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