Question-to-innovate Series: This the twentieth 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.
The greatest impediment to creativity is your impatience. Let me explain…
Bravery has always been associated with creativity. And, while fear is an important impediment to creativity, worse, I believe, is impatience.
The inevitable desire to hurry up the process, express something, and make a splash. Sure, the speed in how we communicate is a key driver in the pace of change in the world. This puts enormous pressure on companies to forge ahead and innovate (if they can).…
— Roger von Oech (@RogervonOech) April 15, 2013
The problem with reading books and then going out and suggesting what they say to do, is that by the time those books come out, the techniques or strategies that they suggest are already a best practice. And, you already know what I think about “best practice thinking”. Also, business books don’t really teach you how to think. At best, they tell you what to think. On top of that, humans are not very good at understanding context. What works in Cancun is not going to work in New York. There are cultural differences, even within countries.
Another issue I see, is that templates, like all ideas, reach their expiration date:
Is your car from 1985? Porter’s strategy tools are. Time for an oil change. @bizdesignsummit
— Alex Osterwalder (@AlexOsterwalder) April 15, 2013
Question-to-innovate Series: This the nineteenth 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.
A few weeks ago I set the record straight about the relationship between innovation and failure: Failure isn’t the goal, but it is part of the process of innovation.…