This the fifteenth of a series of weekly posts where I will answer a few common questions about innovation. Please feel free to add your own response. Also, if you have any questions you think we should discuss, let me know.
In this week’s question-to-innovate question, I’ll take a crack out of answering a fundamental innovation question: What does it mean to be “innovative”?
We, the #innochat crew, discussed this question and its related questions (see below):
- If a product (good, service, process …) is “innovative”, what is the key ingredient?
- If a person or organization is “innovative”, what is the key ingredient?
- If an activity is “innovative”, what is the key ingredient?
- What is common between “innovative” products, people, and activities? What is the key ingredient?
On to the question at hand: what does it mean to be innovative? What is the key ingredient?
For me, to be innovative means relentless curiosity, and maniacal experimentation coupled with a deep desire to make a difference in the world. And, for it to be an innovation, is has to profoundly change behavior so people can’t imagine going back to the old way.
That is what I think. More importantly, what do you think?
Also, go ahead and download the transcript of the chat, there were some great thoughts!