Innovation is certainly a trending topic nowadays, but the one thing that is unclear is where does it really come from? What are the critical habits that leads a person to innovate? In today’s fast-paced, global economy can innovation be cultivated and accelerated? Before we discuss this question, let’s explore what is innovation?
The Textbook definition of the invention is the process that includes numerous activities to discover new ways to do things. It is the process of translating an idea or discovery into a product, service or good that creates value for which customers will want and pay for.
One thing to understand is Innovation is not the same as invention, even though most people often confuse the two. The invention is an exclusive finding or discovery whereas innovation is introducing something new. In other words, Innovation is the application of some other person’s invention in a new and practical way.
Innovative peoples don’t see just see things, they see things differently. An innovator may not be the person who comes up with the idea but the person who turns that idea into something people can use. They have the desire, passion, and ability to connect dots, communicate, network and learn from everything and everyone around them. Industry Events is created to just do this, to enable and promote the global professional in developing innovator habits and becoming better problems solvers, entrepreneur, business people and most importantly global citizens.
Certainly, innovation is not a mystical art or and predetermined genetic occurrence that happens to certain people. Innovators have the heart of the tiger, the eye of an eagle and the stamina of a horse. They stand on the shoulders of problems, see things in different ways, put the user/customer first, collaborate, communicate and never give up.
They are great problem solvers, perceivers when things go wrong and build relationships, networks with subject matter experts and professionals across fields of expertise and industry. The way face-to-face networking and collaborating occurs has changed drastically throughout the ages. Technology has made it easier for us to connect to anyone, anywhere but the effect and power of collaborating and networking with experts and professionals in one’s industry is has exponentially grown.
In my lifetime I have observed the common habits shared by past and present Innovators which I believe can be cultivated and accelerated through ones consistent attendance in relevant business and industry events and training.
Innovators always learn new things and hunt for new ways to use any information and invention in real life. For example – Steve Jobs did not create the GUI or the computer mouse, but when he saw them was able to integrate, improve and focus on the user wants and needs.
Bill Gates did not invent the computer operating system and he definitely did not come up with the idea of licensing technology, however his business model has made Microsoft one of the most powerful and valuable companies in the world.
Google was not the first internet search engine. Larry Page and Sergey Brin were not the first Stanford students with great mathematical and analytical abilities. However they were the first who recognized the need in applying user centric algorithms to deliver relevant and reliable information to web users.
In ancient days the Silk Road connected and network Asia to Europe and Africa promoting business, trade, philosophy, sciences, and technology. In more recent times by the introduction technologies such as the automobile, train, airplane, telephone and Internet broken all boundaries, virtually connecting more than 7 billion people across the globe. The problem here is that this virtual connection has overloaded our scenes of time and space. Simple said we don’t have the time to focus on innovation and have outsourced innovation to others. Alarmingly majority of the global professionals we are losing the value of face to face networking, collaboration and problems solving.
At industry events we want to change this, we are focused on using the underlying medium of the Silk Road to enable global face-to-face networking, innovation and problem solving.
By analyzing the stories of some great innovators and through my own experience I have the innovatoes core qualities into can develop a more resilient professional workforce focused on innovation, collaboration and global problem solving.
- Habit 1#: Passion.
Albert Einstein supposed light was unique, special and he was obsessed with light. Every triumphant founder, we have ever known was encouraged by passion. If you have passion, you will never need any other thing to inspire you. Develop a vision and mission statement and know why you doing things.
- Habit 2#: Perseverance.
The great innovator Steve Jobs said, “You have got to have a problem that you wish to right that you are passionate about, otherwise you are not going to have the insistence to stick it through.” Great innovators never look back when they decide to do anything.
Work Smart and Work Hard. Move away from negative people and move toward people who motivate and make you happy. Take calculated risk, but take risk. Leant from failures, improve and work with happy and positive people.
- Habit 3#: Love for Continuous Learning.
Continuous learning is the key to innovation. When you learn new things, new ideas occur in your mind. Learn new things by attending seminars and conferences and other industry events. Continuous learning provides new opportunities that lead to innovations. Attend local, national and even international seminars conferences, tradeshows and seminars.
Your action: Network with likeminded people who know more than you. Network with people who have new idea, ones who have different ideas both inside and outside you professional industry. You will be amazed of the number of aha moment, business opportunists,
- Habit 4#: Keeping eyes and ears open.
In today’s world we are fixated on instant gratification and short term gains. Companies are focused on short term profit taking and cost cutting. We are time starved and lack effective time management skills to enable us to prioritize. We don’t invest time into attending face-to-face industry related events. This takes us away from innovation and continuous improvement and moves us into a reactive and tunneled vison existence. We let opportunities pass us by. We are not aware of new technologies, methods, findings, software, process that can help us with our problems. We are constantly trying to re-invent the wheel, wasting valuable time and resources, where we could have collaborated and build on each other’s ideas to accelerate and solve big and profitable problems.
Your action: Attend industry events, both inside and outside your professional industry.
Habit 5#: Attending relevant Industry Events regularly
The first thing to know here is that all the innovators are the problem solver. If you are not a problem solver, you are most likely not going to come up with anything that anyone will find useful. Innovators are natural problem solvers. They can hardly walk down the street without seeing all sorts of things that can be done better.
Since innovation is very essential for the improvement of every business, the ability to develop the culture and habits of an innovative workforce is essential for every business, company and organization. The ability to easily and reliably know about everything related to one’s industry events, conferences, tradeshows, business events and proactively planning attendance and participation is he new business advantage.
For this purpose, businesses can take benefits of Industry Events that brings together thousands of the learning opportunities, world’s business events, and industry knowledge and delivers it smartly to professionals through a live location-based App feed.