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Change will happen whether you like it or not

Companies are still scrambling with the rise of social networks like Twitter. If people think you suck they’ll gladly express themselves and let everyone else who listens to them. Oh and by the way, this happens in real-time.

This is the type of change most companies have not embraced.

But you know what, this change in communications was going to happen eventually the moment we had access to the internet. Social networks simply accelerated the process. All change tends to break with existing convention and social networking is no different.

There are other changes happening because of the internet, that of ‘easy access to information’. As content creation and information sharing accelerates, knowledge creation is accelerating.

You have to set aside time to innovate

So you want big ideas, and voila you’re in the game but are not willing to do the soft work. The work that the ‘thinkers’ should do, the work that gives you headaches because you have to use your brain.

Sorry to break it to you but innovation does require you to use all of your senses, not just going into automatic and doing the day by day hard labor. It’s important to be sensitive to the things that are changing around you by keeping your eyes and ears open and more importantly, being insanely curious.

Asking questions and noticing something different is where innovation starts, so why don’t people dedicate time to think, ponder and reflect?

Bottom line people see these types of activities as boring and not producing nothing in the short term. I think that captures this perfectly:

do it anyway

wrote up a great argument and says that , it also requires making time to think, ponder and reflect:

Sounds like fun, but doesn’t look like work, is the complaint that’s rattling around in your head.  And you are probably right.  This doesn’t look like the work that gets done in your business, simply because everyone is focused on the here and now, the further and later is not being investigated, and can’t be investigated or understood using the tools that look like work in most firms.

This has a cascading effect.  Since the effort involved in understanding innovation opportunities doesn’t look like work, we find other urgent but less important things to fill our day.  Then, we are left with the conundrum that while innovation is important, we can’t “find” time to innovate.  It’s a vicious cycle, eventually leading to the failure to create new products and services, or to miss new market opportunities.  Then, what was urgent becomes even more urgent, and even less attention is paid to innovation.  Eventually everyone is working on next quarter’s efficiency savings and no one is taking time to innovate.

I bet you deal with this too, IMHO work isn’t just doing the day by day tasks, it also includes reading, thinking, pondering, conversing, reflecting; basically the things that are known to be a waste of time. But just like the cartoon above says, you have to do it anyway because if you don’t then you’ll be startled by the future because you weren’t paying attention.

Must read innovation posts of the week: Don’t innovate. Just be better

. I agree with this statement. You don’t really say ‘there’s a more innovative way’, you say ‘there’s always a better way’. As :

 

Instead of asking "How can we be innovative?", a toothless and vague question with mostly useless answers, we should be asking "How can we make great things?"