Innovation – More Than Just a Buzz Word
Miriam-Webster definition: (1) the introduction of something new; (2) a new idea,
method or device.
While that is the basic definition, innovation has many different themes / versions.
Innovation has become the latest buzz word for business, health, education, etc. You
can find many business processes that describe the different forms of innovation,
regardless of industry. Successful entrepreneurship is all about innovation.
Innovation has also been described as being about solving problems.
Acknowledging that there are many different ways to solve a problem therefore
many different ways to be innovative in finding solutions. When conducting an
interview, one of the top recommended questions is about innovation. “When have
you taken a new or innovative approach to achieve a desired outcome?”
Being innovative is a life skill not a job skill. It is not about working really hard,
putting in those extra hours that will give you that edge. It is about allowing you the
opportunity to continue to grow. The most successful leaders, true innovators are
lifelong learners. They never choose ‘status quo’. They seek out information to gain
new perspectives. It is the challenge of being the best that you can be.
Innovation comes from disciplined self-growth. It is about scheduling the time to
work on a better version of you. That self-growth time can be spiritual, educational,
physical, etc. It is all about finding what works for you that gives you the freedom to
unwind, unclutter, stepping away from the day-to-day. Asking better questions of
yourself that will guide you to new ideas / solutions.
It takes considerable courage to be an innovative thinker / leader.
Innovate yourself – you deserve it.