Understanding and accepting the innovation equation:
Innovation = reducing errors + increasing insights
Much like the LinkedIn discussion that triggered it, last week’s post hit a nerve: can employees learn to be innovative?
A few people suggested we reframe the question to:
There are many ways to look at it, and frankly I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Hard? Yes. Complicated? No.…
Social networks and social media have given voice to the voiceless, it’s a beautiful thing. More people can post stuff through the various channels we have at our disposal for the various types of media we can use to communicate. But, counter to what it has enabled us to do it’s also brought less critical thinking.
For example, it isn’t a secret what type of content gets the most traffic and clicks: lists.
You see them everywhere! And it won’t stop. Driving our voracious appetite for lists is our desire for cookie cutter ideas, as well as having more time for ourselves in our hectic lives. The problem with “lists” is that they don’t make the distinction between topics that are more art than “checklist” driven. Most of these lists are dumbed down and create the perception that following a template will yield a predictable outcome.
And most people are not conscious enough to think for themselves, so they mindlessly follow them.
List posts get shared and bookmarked all the time, yet I don’t think people come back to them after that. Mostly they serve the purpose of providing the reader a short-term reward with the feeling that they read something useful during the day.
But did it really move them? I doubt it.
It is this same issue that has powered and given rise to “framework fatigue”.…
From Ed Catmull’s Creativity Inc., 28 ideas on how Pixar engineers and sustains a creative culture.
A culture of innovation is a culture of creativity, enthusiasm and daring. Not a place where efficiency reigns and where mistakes are to be avoided. It also needs constant nurturing, it isn’t a “set-it-and-forget-it program” that consultants come in and help you create.
Last week I reviewed Ed Catmull’s fantastic book Creativity Inc., where I mentioned a few key ideas that stood out for me. Of course, I only mentioned the ones that I thought were interesting, but the last chapter of the book is a sort of summary of how Pixar engineers and sustains creativity.
Here then are some firestarter ideas for you to chew on straight out of Mr. Catmull’s book:
How do you maximize people’s potential to drive innovation? As Bob Ross says, “We don’t make mistakes, only happy accidents”. So, let employees make happy accidents.
This is what happens at the world’s most innovative companies, one of which is Amazon.
There are many lessons we can learn from Jeff Bezos about maximizing people’s potential to drive innovation. For example, in his annual shareholder letter, Jeff Bezos closes the letter with some final tips on what lets the company continue to lead. One is that invention comes from everybody, not just senior leaders. A lot of those ideas are going to fail. That’s not a bad thing:…