It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.
- Charles Darwin
From Dan Pink’s Blog, we found the following facts on innovation that we would like to share with you:
A study of the top 50 game changing innovations over a 100 year period showed that nearly 80% of those innovations were sparked by someone whose primary expertise was outside the field in which the innovation breakthrough took place.
Wow! 80% created by someone outside the field where innovation occurred!
What innovation conclusions can we derive from this fact?
Innovation, while often depending on new invention, is more about application than invention.
Often the application of something similar has already been accomplished in the other field, usually in a different way.
When working innovation, it helps to draw on different skills, experience sets … diverse ‘crowds’.
We need to be constantly open to new ideas, particularly in different fields of endeavor.
What conclusions does your business derive from these facts on innovation?
Remember … all new ideas begin in a non-conforming mind that questions some tenet of the conventional wisdom.
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