Innovation Quotes of the Week – May 13, 2012

Innovation Quotes of the Week - May 6, 2012This week we continue a featured series of some of my favorite innovation-related quotes. Please contribute your favorite innovation quotes in the comments and I’ll feature the best submissions in next week’s Innovation Quotes of the Week!


“If it is a good idea… go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.”

- Admiral Grace Murray Hopper


“I can’t understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I’m frightened of old ones.”

- John Cage


“Marketing isn’t a young person’s game. It’s a game for the endlessly curious. And it’s not enough to just be a smart marketer. You have to be smart enough to tackle new skills.”

- Christina Pappas


“If the world you’re living in is unacceptable, go open a whole new world!”

- Angela Lewis


“Innovation requires high potential ideas (the seeds) and an organization that can nurture and support them as they develop (the soil)”

- Jerry McColgin
Submitted by Jason Williams


“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”

- Jack Welch


“Innovation is part of a process that involves creating something new (invention), figuring out how to commercialize it (innovation) and then actually getting to adopt it (marketing)”

- Noah Brier, Percolate
Submitted by Jason Williams


“Innovation, I think, should be about the balance between discipline and play. If we put too much emphasis on discipline, we risk of losing ‘inner creativity’.”

- Eric Antariksa


“Customers are innovating behind your back. Turn around.”

- Jason Fried, 37 Signals
Submitted by Jason Williams


“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.”

- Steve Jobs


“Innovation is creativity with a job to do.”

- John Emmerling


“Framing and reframing the right problem is perhaps the most important attribute of success. No pain (problem), no gain (solution).?”

- Sanjiv Karani


“Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.”

- Peter Drucker


“Innovation is the whim of an elite before it becomes a need of the public.”

- Ludwig von Mises


“Innovation is this amazing intersection between someone’s imagination and the reality in which they live. The problem is, many companies don’t have great imagination, but their view of reality tells them that it’s impossible to do what they imagine.”

- Ron Johnson



And here a few of the many thoughts that I added to the conversation during the week on Twitter and elsewhere:

  • “Incremental innovations can usually just be explained to people because they anchor to something they already understand, but radical or disruptive innovations inevitably require some level of education (often far in advance of the launch).”
  • “You must find a way to create resource flexibility. Organizations that want to continue to grow and thrive must staff the organization in a way that allows managers to invest a portion of their employees’ time into promising innovation projects.”
  • “While an innovation vision determines the kinds of innovation that an organization, and an innovation strategy determines what the organization will focus on when it comes to innovation, it is the innovation goals that break things down into tangible objectives that employees can work against.”
  • “If people in your organization don’t talk about innovation in a consistent way and see communications reinforcing the common language, how can you possibly hope to embed innovation in the culture of the organization?”

What are some of your favorite innovation quotes?

Add one or more to the comments, listing the quote and who said it, and I’ll share the best of the submissions as future Innovation Quotes of the Week!

And to all the innovation consultants out there, submit something clever you’ve said and maybe we’ll run it next week.

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Braden KelleyBraden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker, embeds innovation across the organization with innovation training, and builds social business strategies that attract and engage customers, partners, and employees. He is the creator of the Nine Innovation Roles Card Deck and author of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons. He tweets from @innovate.

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4 Responses to Innovation Quotes of the Week – May 13, 2012

  1. Ramaseshan says:

    If apply the definition of innovation to definition of innovation, then the definition of innovation cannot remain the same

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  3. Bhushan says:

    Always a great read and reminder. Heard this in many different ways – and it always resonates with me –
    “If it is a good idea… go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.”

    Great selection.

    Bhushan

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