Where there is innovation, there is a warrior; there is an army of one. There has to be, because without such a person nothing meaningful gets done.
Whether you are a happy or unhappy worker, a good or bad manager, an enlightened or naïve leader, you deserve the team you get. Said differently, we all play a role in what our teams and companies become.
Our interest is purely centered on working with teams that know how to support one another as they go about creating and launching industry-changing ideas. To achieve this kind of success, hire the following three types of people:
If you want to grow the firm, you need a different strategy. Enter the Idea Monkey.
Show of hands: How many of you out there in Innovationland have gotten the “what took you so long?” question from your staff when you finally said goodbye to a teammate who was seemingly always part of problems instead of solutions?
A committed (Ring)leader implicitly asks the same question in every meeting: “How does this help us get to our vision?” That’s what happens after you make a sincere declaration—if you are serious.
Insurance experts. Travel experts. Legal experts. Now health care experts. Change creates lucrative opportunities for innovators who are willing to listen to consumers.
Introducing new products and services successfully requires: a) sufficient expertise and resources, b) a defined process and c) leadership resolve.
But talking about expertise, process and resolve is boring to everyone except engineers (and people who introduce new products successfully). So, with apologies to David Letterman, here’s my list of the top 10 reasons why your next new launch will fail.
So what stops people from bringing industry-changing ideas to market? After seeing this “I’ve-got-a-big-idea-that-I-am-really-not-going-to-do-anything-with” trend for many years, I believe people freeze because they secretly fear failure. Perhaps they believe there is more to innovation success than simply coming up with the big idea. Newsflash: They’re correct.
So in an effort to better humanity, I offer you the simple formula that will consistently and systematically help you lead more industry-changing ideas to market. (Imagine the friends and fame you are about to attain. I’d uncork some champagne immediately.)