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