Companies with a restricted view of innovation can miss opportunities to create new value for customers and themselves. The restriction is their perspective on innovation, like believing that technology by itself is innovation; it’s not.
Humans have been telling stories for as long as anyone can remember. In fact, stories are the way we have a ‘collective memory’ at all. From early epic poets like Homer to pictographs across the globe that predate him by thousands of years, stories have been a part of the human experience since the beginning.
All it takes is one. But you have to pick the right one. One of the big challenges of every entrepreneur is getting that first client, because it means validation; that first client is and should be an early adopter (check out my post on what early adopters look like). This is even harder in the B2B space where you have to deal with bureaucracy and other obstacles that require lots of patience and follow through.
I’ve talked at length about how companies aiming to attract innovators to their organization shoot themselves in the foot, because the culture they have doesn’t embrace innovation. Still, let’s ask: How do you hire innovators?
To help answer that question from the perspective of an innovator, the University of Texas conducted a study last year and they asked me to take part. They’ve yet to share the results with me, but I’m jumping the gun and sharing my thoughts with you.
The Next Economy will be driven by 10 key emerging technologies. All of these technologies are in the news 24/7. Yet, most organizations and governments are behind the technology curve. They’re either slow adopters or stagnant. There’s a difference between being a slow adopter and being stagnant; the latter means you’re not even aware of what’s going to change your business in the short and long-term.
This blog is all about being a game-changer, a difference maker. In this path skills matter, but attitude is even more important. Skills are hard to acquire and develop, it takes time to master something; but you don’t have to work for attitude.
When I was 3 – 4 years old my love for Disney started. I had seen the movies but everything changed the moment I set foot in Disneyland. I still get excited even though I’ve been to Disneyland a bunch of times. That excitement made me very curious about how they execute at such a huge scale.