What is Innovation?

There are innovation centers at a number of universities. There are innovation incubators. There are innovation seminars.

The question is, what is innovation? It seems that a lot of these innovation centers are not terribly innovative. They encourage the same things that people have been doing for years. They might try to improve upon someones performance but helping someone write a better business plan isn’t terribly innovative, it’s just improving upon a current plan or process.

Innovation is trying something new or different. If something isn’t working, is there a better way to do it? Is there a completely new approach to improve a system?

Innovation isn’t complaining about the current system. Innovation is changing the system to make it better.

Innovation isn’t making a marginal improvement to a presentation. Innovation is changing the way presentations are done.

Innovation isn’t doing things the same way they have always been done, with some minor modification. Doing things the same way as has been done before, especially if it’s not working, isn’t innovative, it’s more like the definition of insanity.

It’s easy to talk about innovation, it’s about time someone does something innovative.

Have a great, and innovative, day!