Innovating is a difficult task, that requires all of our effort and, above all, perseverance. Sometimes, our work environment makes things all the more difficult, Agustín Cuenca who has collaborated with ideas4all since the beginning of the project, made it clear in his presentation at Innosfera in February:
“It’s impossible to innovate here, my boss won’t let me. Well, leave your boss and open your own business.”
Sometimes, you have to be brave and dare to innovate.
The article by Mitch Ditkoff: “Top 100 Lamest Excuses for Not innovating” includes a complete list of the 100 excuses we can think of instead of innovating.
Here is a brief summary of the most common reasons. Any of them ring a bell?
I don’t have the time
I can’t get financing
My boss will never go for it
We’re not in the kind of business likely to innovate
I’m just not the creative type
Our clients aren’t asking for it
We don’t have a culture of innovation
They don’t pay me enough to take on this kind of project
I won’t be able to get enough resources
Someone will steal my idea
The concept is too disruptive
I won’t be able to get enough support
I’ve never done anything like this before
I’m not sure how to begin
I’m getting too old for this
Maybe next year
After reading, admit one or two have crossed your mind, right?
But what is truly interesting about the article is how it suggests we get over these excuses:
1. Make a list of your most bothersome excuses.
2. Turn each excuse into a question beginning with the words “How can I?”
3. Brainstorm each question.
4. Then, do something about it within the next 48 hours.
I think it is a good way to, at least, start taking the first few steps.