I have read in last period that innovation is a skill that anybody can learn. Is this real the case? In theory might be true, in practice is not really the case? Let’s examine the five core values of innovation are:
- Curiosity and a natural ability of questioning the status pro
- Risk taking and a willingness to learn from failure
- Patience, tenacity and the sense of giving the idea a chance to grow
Now can curiosity be taught? Not really, curiosity can be cultivated and nurturing in an organization, but you’ll need curious people with an open mind. And yes, risk taking. Is people ready to accept risks? How about companies, how much risk is healthy and how much can disrupt them? Yes, I know an entire chapter is it. I agree with the affirmation: “Innovation is a discipline or competency which must be developed”. I would add that business leader have to learn to use innovation and to imagine a different future. As an example, probably a classic example, the IBM team invent the mouse, but IBM leaders didn’t imagine the future of it.