Yet our innovation activities are constantly coming up short for the leaders within our organizations, who continue to remain disappointed in its final outcome to stimulate and drive the growth they want to see.
It is actually the classic “chicken and egg”. Aristotle (384–322 BC) was puzzled by the idea that there could be a first bird or egg and concluded that both the bird and egg must have always existed. Leaders need to lead and are they the chicken, for how can the people charged with innovation lay the ‘golden eggs’ needed if they are incapable of laying? Or should the innovation egg come first for our leaders to become more confident and build the bird up?
The real importance of the question has faded since Darwin’s On the Origin of Species assuming the question intended “egg” to mean an egg in general rather than an egg that hatches into a chicken. Yet we can’t treat innovation in general anymore, it needs to develop its uniqueness for each of our organizations to evolve. We need both the egg and the chicken for this to be ‘producing’.
What I’m driving towards here is that innovation is evolving is my 1st point