Innovation at Work: Helping New Ideas Succeed
Every successful innovation contains four key components: creativity, risk, hard work and optimism. Here's how they come into play:
Creativity: The skill and imagination to create new things. The ability to see things that don’t exist or to take a new approach requires creativity.
Risk: A new idea or new approach means taking a risk because there is rarely a guarantee of success.
Hard work: John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach, developed a “pyramid of success.” One of the cornerstones is “industriousness,” which Wooden defines as “Work hard: Worthwhile things only come through hard work."
Optimism: Unless there is genuine excitement driving innovation, it is likely to die on the vine.