I’m busy these days writing a manual for my new company, Kiln. Writing a technical document is a mixed blessing. It feels like you’re doing something that will provide value, that feels good, and — it’s often slow going. The manual is for a new innovation process which we’re calling FuseTrail. More about that in future posts, but as part of that effort I had some fresh thoughts about factors that impact innovation. I had all the usual suspects down, things like, respect for ideas, supportive culture, persistence, and talented people. I paused while writing and thought about what was stopping some of the organizations I’ve worked with — and it came to me — the obvious, Courage.
This will be a short post, but to elaborate a bit on what I mean by courage, I’ve listed these 11 kinds of courage an organization needs to creatively innovate:
- Courage to continue to work when results are a long distance away.
- Courage to deal with conflict on innovation teams.
- Courage to confront cynicism, satire, and cutting humour.
- Courage to make changes of all kinds.
- Courage to present bold new ideas.
- Courage to move into new areas for your business.
- Courage to try new methods to get you to better results.
- Courage to express ideas that aren’t politically correct.
- Courage to present to management ideas with far reaching consequences and risk.
- Courage to face the daunting task of developing a new technology, product, service, that’s outside your expertise, or comfort zone.
- Courage to confront the seemingly impossible.
Can you add to my list? I’m all ears. I’ll leave you with these two quotes:
“Creativity Takes Courage” — Henri Matisse.
“Integrity and Courage are part of creative effectiveness” Gregg Fraley in Jack’s Notebook