Urgency: It Kills Innovation


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As the pace of business gets faster and faster, everyone working with innovation is getting trapped in this little box called urgency. We just don’t have any time anymore.

Here are three short examples on how this impacts innovation:

We should adopt Google’s 20% rule. We need a more innovative culture so let’s give our an employees 20% – or maybe just 10% – free time to work on their own projects and thus help bring out more and better innovation. You can’t just find extra time like that in an already lean organization so if any executive comes up with such an idea, it tells you that he/she does not live in the real world.

There is no time for reflection. I think we can all agree that quality work requires some reflection on the thoughts behind the action. Even more so with innovation. More time equals more reflection, which equals better innovation. But we live in a box of urgency…

Your company has finally discovered open innovation and now you are getting ready to embrace it within the organization. However, no one really considered the time it takes to build and nurture the relationships that are key for open innovation and no one can find time for this. What a showstopper…

We live in a box of urgency and this kills innovation.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Stefan Lindegaard
Stefan is an author, speaker, facilitator and consultant focusing on open innovation, social media tools and intrapreneurship.


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