What is Innovation?

3is_innovation.jpgLast week, Jon Burg asked a simple question on his blog Future Visions. The question was

“What does innovation truly mean?”

I’m sure all of you can come up with a definition, but if you are like me, it might require a little thought. For most of us, Innovation is not an everyday concept that we can immediately describe with a consistent Webster’s definition (Frankly, I think the Webster’s definition misses the mark). For me, Innovation falls more in the “I know it when I see it” category, but after a little consideration, I was able to come up with my definition.

So did lots of people who weighed in with their definitions. Some thoughtfully, some humorously, but all adding a voice to the discussion resulting in a better understanding of the idea. Jon posted a summary of the discussion here. It’s well worth the read.

I commented on Jon’s follow-up post that people often believe they all understand a concept or idea similarly, but when you ask each to describe it, you see a beautiful diversity in their interpretations. That diversity gives depth and clarity to the idea.

1 comment so far

  1. Jon Burg on

    Thanks for sharing! Please feel free to reach out if there is every anyway I can help out.

    -Jon


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