As a parent and someone who is focused and passionate about helping organizations create a sustainable innovation culture for their organization, I’m always thinking about inspirational questions to help put people in the right mindset to innovation, thinking about what subjects our educational institutions should be teaching in order to create tomorrow’s innovative workforce. Lately I came up with a couple of questions I’d like to share with you.
And so I hope every parent (and person) out there will ponder the following question:
Are you teaching your kids to watch other people do things, OR are they learning to do things other people will find worth watching?
You can apply the same question to yourself, and even extend it a bit in a slightly different direction:
Are you spending your time talking about what other people are doing, or are you doing things that other people find worth talking about?
Bottom line, we as aspiring innovators must spend at least part of our free time and find something we (and our kids) are passionate about and learn (or teach) the skills necessary to do it and make the world a better (or more beautiful) place, instead of spending all of our time watching and talking about what other people are doing.
For more on the topic of kids, education and innovation, please check out the following articles:
- Innovation Through the Eyes of a Child
- Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce – REVISITED
- Stop Praying for Education Reform
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Braden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker, embeds innovation across the organization with innovation training, and builds B2B content marketing strategies that drive increased revenue, visibility and inbound sales leads. He has recently begun distributing Innovation eLearning and is the author of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons. He tweets from @innovate.