The innovation paradox

bulb_onThink about your work and ask yourself this simple question: “What would I improve if their were no constraints?”. Next ask yourself the questions: “How sure am I that the constraints really exist? Did I try? Is there really no workaround?”.

“What would I improve if their were no constraints?”

The paradox

Businesses tend to steer for compliance, cost reduction and security to achieve financial stability. They also wonder why they fail to innovate. I learned that this is called the “innovation paradox” as organizations tend to pursuit two seemingly opposite goals. So if you are caught in that struggle, then I suggest that you read Jeffrey Phillips on his blog “innovate on purpose”.

Quotes

These 10 quotes may inspire you on your search for innovation:

  1. “The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” – William Pollard
  2. “When all think alike, then no one is thinking.” – Walter Lippman
  3. “Managers maintain the present while leaders create the future.” – Orrin Woodward
  4. “The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.” – John Maynard Keynes
  5. “Dreaming is largely lost among adults drowning in self-imposed realities.” – Ryan Lilly
  6. “A key ingredient in innovation is the ability to challenge authority and break rules.” – Vivek Wadhwa
  7. “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it.” – A. Einstein.
  8. “Innovators are inevitably controversial.” – Eva Le Gallienne
  9. “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” – Theodore Levitt
  10. “No obstacle is so big that one person with determination can’t make a difference.” – Jay Samit

Parallel thinking

Even in a team of people that are creative and have the guts to innovate, there is one thing that can ruin everything: ego play. All creative ideas and innovation plans should be team owned and not be associated with a single team member. Tools like De Bono’s “Six Thinking Hats” can help you to create a parallel mind that dreams up team owned ideas during a brainstorm session.

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