Nurturing a Suitable Environment for Innovation? Start by Countering Myths.

Nurturing a Suitable Environment for Innovation? Start by Countering Myths.

A myth is a widely held but false belief or idea. Here is one of the myths when it comes to innovation; Everyone can be innovative. I have studied and practised innovation actively for the last fifteen years and I can tell you that is wrong. Everyone can come up or add to an idea(creativity) but not everyone can make that idea profitable(innovation)

In my approach to teaching innovation, I spend a lot of time countering myths in different ways. Why? Because right thinking leads to right living. The biggest barrier to innovation is what you believe, what you do a derivative of what you believe.

You might say, “Sudesh we tried that innovation stuff here for many years and it doesn’t work” First of all innovation works both in principle and practice. The proof is that Companies like Jumia have done it in Africa. Back to my point if you have tried everything and you are still not innovative as a Company, chances are you are believing the wrong stuff; “When it smells everywhere you go, maybe you are the one that stinks”

Here are the ten most common myths which if countered can lead to creating the right environment for innovation.

  Innovation is all about ideas Ideas are only the beginning. 
Great leaders never fail at innovationWhen it comes to innovation there is nothing simple about execution.
Effective innovation leaders are
subversive fighting the system
The primary virtue of an innovation leader is humility.
Everyone can be an innovatorIdeation is everyone’s job but profiting from ideation takes a unique skill cultivated by a few people.
Innovation happens organicallyInnovation requires a format and a commitment.
Innovation can be embedded inside an established organisation.Innovation is incompatible with ongoing operations.
Catalyzing innovation requires wholesale organisational changeInnovation requires only targeted change.
Innovation can only happen in skunkworks.Innovation can be isolated from ongoing operations. There must be an engagement between the two.
Innovation is unimaginable chaosInnovation must be closely and carefully managed.
Only start-ups can innovateMany of the world’s biggest problems can be solved only by large established companies.

Source of the 10 myths: The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge –Vijay Govindarajan, Chris Trimble.

Remember as a man thinketh so is he. Change your thinking, innovate more.

Credit: Sudesh Kaka.

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