Here’s part of what we know about innovation so far.
I read a lot of books that deal with innovation challenges. They dominate the best sellers lists. The warnings are everywhere—the next breakthrough innovations are around the corner and if you are left behind, then you will really be left behind!
I think we can say that these insights are the current minimum insights regarding “received wisdom” about innovation (they come from a number of the books I have read, and presented, at the First Friday Book Synopsis).
Here are four “lessons” about innovation.
- Everything can be improved. Every product. Every process. Work on constant improvement.
- Innovations come by building on, tweaking, and adapting yesterday’s innovations. Thus, all innovators build on the shoulders of prior innovators.
- Most innovations come from teams. It is people working together, more than one person working alone, that leads to breakthroughs. (From Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators: “Most of the innovations of the digital age were done collaboratively”).
- A breakthrough innovation is not valuable until it is put to use in some practical way(s) to benefit many.
I suspect that you could expand on this list…
But, this much I know: Whatever your endeavor, you need to be working on innovating constantly. And, innovation needs to be pretty much woven throughout the very DNA of your organization. Innovation is a crucial part of the everyday job of the many.
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Co-founder, First Friday Book Synopsis