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.
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This post was first published at Integrative Innovation. In a previous post, I have pointed out the importance of diversity for innovation and organizational adaptability. Diversity is a crucial precursor to serendipity. In the Power of Pull, John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison emphasize the rising need for serendipity: We need to […]
A medical emergency for my cat Wallace leads to surprising discoveries about a common household product, which teach some useful innovation lessons.
Greg and I have been talking about whether or not innovation needs a purpose. While we agree on many points, we can see two differing views on the question. I will argue that within an organisation, innovation does need a purpose, and here is Greg’s post arguing the other side. Let’s start by looking at […]