Four Ways To Boost Innovation
Everyone's got a plan until they got punched in the face - Mike TysonAs we all know, failure is the mother of success. Most new products or services do not survive their initial contact with the marketplace. The proof of the pudding is often in the eating and the best place to learn is the school of hard knocks. Third, embrace your inner Edison. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Our teachers have taught us how Thomas Edison went out to make things happen. He persevered and kept trying 10,000 times before he succeeded in inventing the incandescent light bulb. Innovation isn't just an academic or theoretical exercise. Rather it comes from practice and doing (remember the 10,000 hour rule by Malcolm Gladwell). In other words, 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. Finally, we should resist the pull of the core. This means that you should not fall back into status quo each time, even though it may be more comfortable and familiar. For sure, every company's capabilities define what it can or cannot do. Great innovators find ways to overcome hidden weaknesses that inhibit success. They do not just go back to the tried-and-tested, but venture out into new territories. [Photo credit: Innovation Group]
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