Just Because You Can Innovate Doesn't Mean You Should
12 Aug 2009 - 12:12am
6 years ago
I'm tuning in a bit late here, so forgive me if someone also has made my
A couple of things about innovation. First, unlike invention, innovation
is planned and never happens by accident. This is an absolutely critical
distinction. Second, it always solves a problem; if it doesn't solve a
problem, it will invariably create one.
So, a new idea is not necessarily innovative. But as Jason points out,
it may have the potential for innovation if handled correctly. And
"handling correctly" is often where good intentions go wrong.
Every true innovation will have technological, political, and social
consequences. All three points need to be considered before implementing
something. Bill Buxton tells a great apocryphal story about the
Lee-Enfield company which was asked to produce a breach-loading musket
for the British Army back in the 1850s. I believe you can hear it in one
of his innovation lectures for Microsoft, which are available online.
And again to support Jason's point, just thinking about something
doesn't make it so. Innovation is directly related to action. Always.
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