First of all, let’s get one thing straight: Innovation is NOT technology. Technology is often a driver and enabler of innovation, but innovation itself is more about the cultural and behavioral shifts that occur in society as a result of a new technology, product, service or belief. And for something to be considered truly “innovative,” it must drive substantial positive change. So we are not talking about the Spork  here, people.
Innovation also tends to arrive in clusters; at certain points throughout history, humanity has overflowed with new ideas, products, services, art, literature, philosophy and technology, and I believe that we are living through one of these clusters right now.
So now that we are all on the same page regarding the definition of innovation, I want to share 5 rules about innovation that will help you understand how to foster forward-looking thinking within your own business or organization.
Exposure Often Lights the Fire – Exposure to different industries, technologies, content, processes, ideas, products, etc. is often the spark that drives innovation. Exposing yourself and your team to other ways of thinking and doing, even in relation to the simplest tasks, can drive more innovative thinking. And today, with the access to information... Read more