Don’t be “innovative”, be disruptive

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Talking about being innovative doesn’t make you innovative. So many people and companies today talk about being innovative and disrupting things. Guess what – most of it is just talk. When push comes to shove true disruptive innovation is tough and attempts often fail. On the other hand iterative product development is easy and comfortable and easy for executives to pat themselves on the back.

There are four key aspects in my book to be disruptive:

  1. Think different: you can’t think the way everyone else does and be disruptive — ask the tough questions be the contrarian.
  2. Stay nimble: you must keep my mind and skills nimble — don’t get bogged down in one industry, one skill set or even one geography.
  3. Think big: never let something seem to great — everything must be on the table.
  4. Act, act, act: there is nothing like acting — you will certainly make mistakes but the biggest the proverbial line is failing to act is guaranteeing failure.

These things along won’t make you disruptive but put you in a better position to be disruptive. Take the opportunity to be disruptive. It does not have to be at your company if it is not supportive and it probably isn’t. There are tons of tough problems the world faces but it is easier than ever to make big impacts with software, analytics, IoT, and much more.

Find out about disruptive innovation at:
-Clayton Christensen’s Site: http://www.claytonchristensen.com/key-concepts/
-HBR: https://hbr.org/topic/disruptive-innovation

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Creating something from nothing

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This weekend I participated in an Internet of Things (IoT) Hack Day and I won’t get into project specifics and all that but it got me thinking of how quick we can make something from nothing nowadays. We are able to rapid prototype things now with 3D printers, high level programming language, Raspberry PI, Arduino, and most of all people’s creativity and ingenuity. The creativity and ingenuity of people is what excites me that the best is to come despite the rhetoric you hear on the news and in politics.

Taking the concept of creativity and ingenuity into the workplace is not often encouraged especially in larger organizations and even in smaller organizations. Generally people fear change, the unknown and things they don’t understand. What people need to appreciate is embracing change, the unknown and things you don’t understand is exactly how you and your organization will thrive. If you are a manager maybe it is time to have an in-house hack day and you will be amazed what creativity and ingenuity your people have if you just empower them to utilize it.

You can learn more about the 2015 Minnesota IoT Hack Day here. Appreciate the efforts especially of Justin Grammens and Patrick Delaney in making this day a success. Thank you teammates David Quimby and Boyd Johnson for a fun and productive day.

Have an awesome week and remember to do something today to supercharge your success.

As always appreciate your feedback, emails, comments, likes, and re-tweets!

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