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12 Cartoons That Explain Why Innovation Is So Darned Hard

A selection of my cartoons to do with innovation (more on my personal blog here!). Feel free to use in presentations, etc…. (let me know on twitter: @timoelliott)

Funnily enough, there’s a strong correlation between how long people have been in a company / how senior they are and how reluctant they are to embrace change: 

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But innovators shouldn’t neglect the real human costs — not everybody is willing and/or able to change..

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Most organizations try to have it both ways — innovation without actually changing anything — and that’s as dumb as it sounds:

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To get good innovation ideas, you may have to change to a different environment (how about a Design Thinking Workshop with SAP?)

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The best way to get ideas is to shake things up — and invite others, with different points of view, to take part (alternatively, these folks are working on their IT agility…)

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Innovation these days is less about new or better products and services, and more about changing business models — which is hard to do because it cross existing company silos, so many organizations leave it until too late:

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Let’s face it, most of us feel like we’re too busy to get around to innovating — but there’s never a better time to do it than right now:

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What’s stopping us from innovating? Complexity! 

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And remember, many people’s jobs are tied up with that complexity — they’re not going to be happy to have you “save them” from it:

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Sadly, many corporate bureaucracies manage to kill off new ideas before they get going:

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In a rapidly changing world, the only way to guarantee failure is to not try. Don’t run a business, run an experiment.

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If you’re a technologist, you’re no longer just “helping” the business — you’re building the foundation for the business models of the future. You have to help the business understand the possibilities — it’s hard work, but at the end of the day there’s no better feeling than successful innovation:
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Happy innovating! (if you enjoyed this, please share!)
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