The best & brightest innovate, and encourage others to innovate, and reward those who try to innovate. Innovate! Innovate! INNOVATE! It’s a buzzword battle cry for the fast-paced 21st-century, not just in business but all areas of life.
What’s hard & surprising as a leader is when you want to innovate but the people around you don’t, even when it’s apparent the current way isn’t cutting it. I was recently persuaded that an existing process was good enough, when we all knew it wasn’t. It was a mistake I won’t make again. I’d rather have the doubters say “I told you so” than sit here wondering “what if?”
Change is scary. When the situation looked hopeless, the Israelites told Moses it was better to be slaves in Egypt than free people dead in the wilderness. There is a sort of safe, comfortable logic in that point of view. But we will never realize how much better things can be if we allow ourselves & others to settle for the ease and security of “good enough.”
In 2012, one of my goals is to challenge the status quo until it becomes a habit, or until people are tired of hearing me, or maybe both.