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Optimism is an essential ingredient for innovation. #22: 2011

Posted in on a + note by Admin on July 11, 2011

Optimism is an essential ingredient for innovation.
How else can the individual welcome change over
security, adventure over staying in a safe place?

I stumbled across this quote by Robert Noyce (1927-1990) a few weeks ago and it has been rattling around my head ever since.

Robert Noyce was a visionary technologist from the Silicon Valley. In 1968 he co-founded the incredibly successful multi-national Intel (the world’s largest semiconductor chip maker, based in Santa Clara, California) and is credited with co-inventing the microchip. So, he should know a thing or two about innovation and change.

Understanding innovation and its relationship to change is not just embracing the creative process itself, but also understand the very complex nature of change. When you combine optimism and innovation in a sentence, the juxtaposition leads one to think about how to evaluate an old problem and apply new ideas, which is the foundation of innovation. As a change agent, you also need to fundamentally believe you can improve on the original idea and engineer a new solution. Optimism is fundamental to innovation and change. This was a totally new idea for me, and I like it!

Change and innovation are a series of logical steps or processes that are positive or negative. Those who initiate the change are the optimists who believe change is actually possible and worth the inherent risk. This change process essentially unrolls in four unique stages:

  1. Initiation – to  understand and explain the necessity for change
  2. Organisation – benchmarking, testing and  planning the change
  3. Implementation – rolling out the change and marketing the impact
  4. Evaluation – the essential step to spring boarding future innovations

Individuals struggling to embrace change often feel less than optimistic, and so the concept of change and innovation become a barrier rather than a stepping stone to a new way of doing things.

Optimism is an essential ingredient for change and innovation!

Kitty Pope                                                                                                    #22 July 2011 kpope@library.guelph.on.ca

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