Sunday, March 23, 2008

If you want to make enemies...

Woodrow Wilson: "If you want to make enemies, try to change something."

As innovation is all about change it is necessary to take the change resistance increasingly into account. Increasingly as today's world is so fragmented with so many more competing for attention, for budgets, for resources and for a place in the sun that the normal change resistance actually can get more leverage than before. Especially as the innovator has to have so many more balls in the air.

End- users can also become fed up with so many halfbaked ideas and almost good gadgets being rushed to them that they simply do not get turned on or stay tuned for the better next version as they did before.

The challenges innovators meet are further accentuated in Scott Berkum's "The Myths of Innovation":

- it takes time: "..there is no single magic moment; instead, there are many smaller insights accumulated over time."

- it is not one idea: "The only reason that the last piece is significant is because of the other pieces you'd already put in place."

- John Cage: "It doesn't matter where you start, as long as you start."

- Steve Jobs when asked: "How do you systemize innovationt" answered: "You don't"

- "Great innovations (my remark: should this not read inventions?) have been lost for decades, recovered only when someone found a way to bring them to the right people." (my remark: should this not read to a critical mass of right people?)

- "The love of new ideas is a myth: we prefer ideas only after others have tested them."

- Einstein: "imagination is more important than knowledge."

- Applied Imagination: You have three things: facts, ideas and solutions. You need to spend quality time with all of them."

- "..anything can be used for things other than its intended purpose."

- "Professional management was born from the desire to optimize and control, not to lead waves of change."

- "Innovations always threaten someone in power..."

- "The difference between success and failure is most often relentlessness, not talent or charisma (though those help)."

- "The factors that spread innovations, ... are largely about ease of adoption." (my remark: use old tool for new purpose - like bank id for third parties and payment system for e-invoicing, build next step on existing habit and trust, be clinically simple in design and language..)

Good book - worth reading as Innovations make the difference - but take time - so start now!

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