The ideas that move us forward often seems nuts. But if we’re trying to make a mark on the world, those are the only ideas that will do the job.
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When we try something completely new, people often want to see proof that it will work. Of course, there is no proof if the idea is genuinely new. Instead of proof, we have to rely on weak signals. Successful innovators find these and amplify them.
The percentage of people reading books these days might surprise you. Identifying our false assumptions can lead to huge innovation opportunities.
Most of us have an extra gear that rarely kicks in. The three obstacles to hitting your top gear are ignorance, apathy and fear – and we need to work through all three to innovate.
I just started writing for Harvard Business Review Blogs. Here is the story of how I almost blew that opportunity, and how I finally made it work by doing what I already know works: experimenting.
Many organisations try to increase innovation by copying the successful techniques of other firms. This rarely works. Instead, you need to develop your purpose first. It’s this underlying philosophy that drives success, not tools.
Every innovative idea has some risk in it. But sometimes, with higher risk we can find unusually high rewards. For a lot of innovators, we need to be aiming higher.
If we try to completely protect ourselves from failure, we’ll never learn. And if we don’t learn, we don’t grow. To grow, we have to take risks, and we have to mess up. If we learn from this, we’ll be ok.
What to Amanda Palmer and WordCamp have in common? Both are built on powerful communities. There are some lessons for business in this.
We know how to make organisations more innovative, but we don’t act on this knowledge. Why? Sometimes it’s because it’s hard, which isn’t a very good excuse.
There’s a difference between having a great idea, and creating value with that idea. Creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation are all words that are used to describe the value creation part of the equation. So do they mean the same thing?
Our metaphors for innovation are all wrong – they make us think that innovation is an event. But innovation is a process – one that we can get better at. It’s much better to think of innovation as a practice.
- We’re Not Risk-Averse, We’re Variance-Averse 6 March 2014
- You Should Start a Blog Right Now 5 March 2014
- Ask Better Questions, Do More Stuff, and Think About Maps? 2 March 2014
- Writers Write, and Innovators Innovate 1 March 2014
- Why Experimenting Builds an Innovation Culture – Interview with DK 28 February 2014
- The Innovation Loop 24 February 2014
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