This 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!
“Change is the law of life and those who only look to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.”
- Irving Janus
“Industry revolutionaries take the entire business concept, rather than a product or service, as the starting point for innovation. Revolutionaries recognize that competition is no longer between products or services, it’s between business concepts – when its most effective business concept innovation leaves competitors in a gut-wrenching quandry.”
- Gary Hamel
“Companies do not fall primarily because of what the world does to them or because of how the world changes around them. They fall first and foremost because of what they do to themselves.”
- Jim Collins
“Somehow I can’t believe there aren’t many heights that can’t be scaled by one who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret can be summarized in four C’s. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy, and the greatest of these is Confidence.”
- Walt Disney
“Comic books had it wrong. It didn’t take a trauma or cosmic rays or a power ring to make a super hero, just the perfect combination of optimism and naivety.”
- From the Movie “Kickass”
“The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation.”
- Robert Iger
“The nature of an innovation is that it will arise at a fringe where it can afford to become prevalent enough to establish its usefulness without being overwhelmed by the inertia of the orthodox system.”
- Kevin Kelly
“It’s not about breaking the rules. It is about abandoning the concept of rules altogether”
- Paul Lemberg
- Submitted by Bill Dobbins
“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”
- John F. Kennedy
“We have a moral obligation to invent new technologies. What if Mozart had been born before the violin and harpsichord?”
- Kevin Kelly
“Pretty much, Apple and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation.”
- Steve Jobs
“Success doesn’t necessarily come from breakthrough innovation but from flawless execution. A great strategy alone won’t win a game or a battle; the win comes from basic blocking and tackling.”
- Naveen Jain
“Technology is driving the innovation. Technology is driving the creativity. Technology and the use of that is going to determine our workers’ ability to compete in the 21st century global marketplace.”
- Ron Kind
“Senior leaders, who are typically charged with the efficient operation of the enterprise and rewarded as such, don’t fully understand how specific practices produce or destroy the value of innovation. As a result they often put the wrong people in charge of their innovation initiatives.”
- Jeff DeGraff
“Innovators need bold ideas and clear thinking that come from an engaged brain, and bold actions and confidence, as well as empathy, that come from a big heart. They need courage to confront all that faces them in an existing business as usual culture. They need determination to face the faceless but seemingly powerful corporate culture and the slings and arrows thrown by the people who don’t want change or are afraid of change.”
- Jeffrey Phillips
And here a few of the many thoughts that I added to the conversation during the week on Twitter and elsewhere:
- “Innovation is a team sport and everyone is innovative in their own way. Hopefully when you look at The Nine Innovation Roles it reinforces that you too can contribute to innovation success and that the lone innovator myth is just that – a myth.”
- “Organizations seeking to create a culture of continuous innovation must realize that the transformation will not happen overnight. People can only absorb so much change at once. The transformation will likely have to be broken up into separate phases with discreet goals (don’t try to do it all at once).”
- “To innovate continuously, you need to be open to receiving great ideas from anywhere in the company, and must have systems and processes to manage idea gathering, evaluation, and development. Often this requires a financial and personnel investment.”
- “For whatever reason it may be easier for humans to ascribe innovation to one person (Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Bill Gates, etc.), but it is not necessarily helpful to the success of innovation in organizations to popularize this myth. Instead when it comes to creating more innovation in organizations, we must DESTROY it.”
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.
Braden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker, embeds innovation across the organization with innovation training, and builds B2B pull marketing strategies that drive increased revenue, visibility and inbound sales leads. He is the creator of the Nine Innovation Roles Group Diagnostic Tool and author of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons. He tweets from @innovate.