Innovation Requires an Insatiable Urge to Try New Things

Quote of the Week

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it. ”

Steve Jobs

Innovation Requires an Insatiable Urge to Try New Things

by Jean-Philippe Deschamp

It goes without saying that innovation is about challenging the status quo and introducing new and, one hopes, better products, processes, services or management approaches. Innovation requires curiosity, experimentation and openness to change. Innovation leaders are those who constantly challenge the present state of affairs, encourage wild ideas and instigate trying new things in their companies.

Despite frequent management denials, many companies adopt an ˜if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it’ stance. Therefore, innovation leaders must have the courage to foster a climate of experimentation and permanent change in their organizations (Deschamps, 2008, p. 9).

Deschamps, J.P. (2008). Innovation leaders: how senior executives stimulate, steer and sustain innovation. Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114, http://leadershipcenter.osu.edu

Coaching Call to Action

In today’s world, change is a given. One’s openness to change is a requirement for success. This week -consider where you and your company are “stuck”. Take one aspect of your business and challenge the status quo. There are lots of ways to generate creative thinking. See Ideas and Information below¦ try one this week.