Fight For Innovation!

9 04 2007

I almost confront the issues of innovation in a daily basis. If we are to keep 10 people in a room and ask them to discuss about this, we would get 11 opinions and thats not a joke! 🙂

mabile et al (1996) propose:

“All innovation begins with creative ideas . . . We define innovation as the successful implementation of creative ideas within an organization. In this view, creativity by individuals and teams is a starting point for innovation;the first is necessary but not sufficient condition for the second”. (p.1154-1155)

 

In the fast paced business world, the key differentiator for many organizations is how they manage to innovate and stay ahead of the market space. Yet everyone is struggling to hit that right formula to encourage innovation in a highly structured and formal setup like organizations. Can one really define a process for innovation? Its all about bringing in an assortment of random experiments to hit the right nail. Frankly, what works for me may not work for you! Sadly, one may ignore the finer nuances of the organizational culture and dynamics. Yet, those are the factors that encourage or stifle experimentation in a professional set up. All we have are broad techniques and tools: be it mind maps, six hats, lateral thinking or brainstorming, ultimately it all depends on the people who are applying them!

If I had to think of my two cents on this, innovation as a word sounds quite like a jargon, especially after hearing about it so much in corporate context! If I have to apply it to myself, being creative in thought is going to define innovation in personal context.

So many times, I find people getting stifled by the structure looming over their head to realize their personal passions. (Passion and innovation go hand in hand as the most often misquoted words of the century esp. in the corporate context!) We may hunt for various reasons as to why this structure is not conducive or we can embark on a single experiment to do what we love. What’s your pick?

Think of what difference Creativity @ Work brings in professional life. It makes you visible, alive, vocal and that reflects in your attitude and expression. Being Creative always brings self satisfaction and recognition! I can’t really comment on the level of freedom of expression in the corporate context, yet I believe that being creative beats boredom! So fight for yourself, for goading that inner sparks, for innovation and for being Alive!


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