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Innovation Or Same Old Same Old

At a Crossroad?

I don’t know about you, but I’m attracted to those who are truly innovative, demonstrate creativity and take the risks others fear. Are you like me? I get flat out annoyed with those who seek refuge in “doing things the way we’ve always done them.” My God, crawl under a rock and stay there.

My father always said, “dare to be different.” I’ve read tons of papers, books and articles about change and the difficulty people have with change, yet without change we only exist. We do not thrive. Change is a natural component of growth, wisdom and progress. When we push for change, we take risks and we hope for the reward of seeing something new, different, innovative and exciting.

I believe we only fail when we fail to try. From failure we learn about those who relish stagnation – those who throw roadblocks along their own path. They are fearful rather than fearless. They are usually little boys in men’s suits. They know it all, but know very little which fosters their investment in keeping things simple and the same.

In business, this is a recipe for dissolution. Bankruptcy for others, perhaps. Most often, a lack of intelligent leadership. Claustrophobic impotence for the insecure leader wanna-be. You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it and it plays like same old same old all over again.

What fires you up to get out of bed each day? A paycheck? Sorry about that? Obligations? OK, I get some of that. Challenges? Good for you. Me, too.

Senator Robert Kennedy once said, “Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.”” That quote struck me when I was a kid and it still gets me in trouble because I, too say, “why not?”

History, and even today’s popular business magazines, have long lists of people who broke out, created chaos and took a different path. So, who are you now? Innovator? Risk taker? Stalled in the exit lane? Running for cover?

Grab all life has to offer and then reinvent it!

Think Out Loud…

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