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14 September 2010



Apropos of nothing, you might check out the book: How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate by Andrew Hargadon

It's where I got the quote "The future is already here, it's just unevenly distributed," by William Gibson (Awesome author of Neuromancer, Pattern Recognition, etc.

Andy Gillette

Nice. Thank you.

Tammy Carroll

I am one that believes some people are better at innovating than others but I do not believe that there is "innovation rhetoric". Just because some are not good at innovation in their current role) does not mean we just stop mentioning it altogher, stop pointing out it's benefits, or don't try to help them close that gap.
Innovation takes discovery and courage to change. There are some people in our work environment that do not have the passion to change their vision nor the courge to try a solution. As managers, we can lead by example, point out areas where we identify the person could have used another approach, reward/recognize those employees that we do see exihibiting the traits we want to encourage, and most of all make sure that everyone clearly understands what we think "success looks like" in this area. Do they even understand the benefits of innovation? Are they committed to the reasons you've outlined and know "WHY" it's important for long-term success?
As far as the framework, I would say that it's an absolute necessity to incorporate innovation in all 5 of the dimensions.

Andy Gillette

I like your phrasing of "the courage to change...." And also the reminder about leading by example.

Perhaps there is a capital-I "Innovation" and lower-case-i "innovation," too. Meaning, some people are excellent at brainstorming and coming up with completely new projects or products, and a portion of their job should be set aside for that purpose (think Google). This would be the capital-I form. Then there's the innovation that we should all do all of the time, the lower-case-i form. Given creative destruction, we need to constantly be on the look out for process improvement, iterative changes, and tweaks to things to make them more effective and eliminate waste.

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