They recognize that every excuse, no matter how valid it may seem, is a self-imposed roadblock
on the path to transformative change.
Rather than getting bogged down by challenges or setbacks, innovators harness them as
catalysts for creativity and adaptability. They maintain an unwavering belief in their vision,
knowing that for every problem, there's a solution waiting to be discovered.
This relentless pursuit of betterment, paired with a refusal to let excuses deter them, is what
sets innovators apart and drives them towards groundbreaking achievements.
I've listed out the common excuses I've heard inside organizations, and how innovators can
- "I don't have the resources."
While ample resources can be an advantage, innovation is more about ingenuity than
abundance. Innovators often use constraints as a springboard for creativity, seeking
alternative approaches and leveraging available tools to their fullest potential. I'm
currently reading a book called A Beautiful Constraint filled with examples of how
innovators saw a lack of resources as an opportunity.
- "I don't want to fail."
Embracing a growth mindset, innovators see failures not as dead ends, but as feedback
loops. Each misstep offers invaluable insights, guiding them closer to their goals. They
understand that innovation is a journey fraught with uncertainties, and the key isn't to
avoid failure but to learn, adapt, and persevere in its wake.
- "There's no support from the top."
While executive buy-in can be beneficial, it's not always necessary. Innovators find a
way to take initiative, pilot projects, and gather tangible results to demonstrate value.
By showcasing the potential impact of their ideas, they can organically garner the
support and resources they need to scale their efforts.
- "It's always been done this way."
Tradition can be a strength, but it shouldn't be a shackle. Innovators constantly
challenge the status quo, asking "why is it like this?" and "is there a better way to do it?"
By blending respect for established practices with a curiosity to explore uncharted
territories, they strike a balance between stability and evolution.
- "I don't have time."
Time, like any other resource, is about allocation and prioritization. Innovators are
proactive in carving out "innovation pockets" within their schedules. These dedicated
slots—whether used for brainstorming, researching, or simply reflecting—are sacred,
allowing time, like any other resource, is about allocation and prioritization.
The new age of business demands innovation not only from a select few but from everyone.
Whether you're in the mailroom or the boardroom, innovation is the new standard operating
procedure. So, to all my friends across the organizational spectrum: It's time to step up, sideline
those excuses, and let your innovative spirit shine.
Innovation #NoMoreExcuses #OrganizationalGrowth