What can the Ancient Egyptians teach us about innovation? How did the creativity of this great civilization help them build such a mighty and enduring empire? And how do some of their remarkable inventions still impact our lives today?
Creativity drives problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a critical skill (and mindset) that leads to new and more efficient solutions to existing problems. It also enables individuals and organizations to find ways to address customers’ needs as a differentiating factor. In theory, creativity is widely praised and desired. But, in reality, creative solutions are often met with pushback, reluctance and even hostility.
Innovators, by definition, are unconventional. Apple, Amazon, GE – they’re all famously innovative companies with dynamic, high producing teams uninhibited by traditional business practices. Startups everywhere are pining for these qualities in their own ventures as they tirelessly push envelopes and abolish thinking within the box. Unfortunately…
I’m sitting by the fire on this chilly early morning in Santa Barbara, enjoying a cup of coffee. I am reflecting on all the people I’ve met and the places I’ve been this year, and thinking about the meaning of it all. When my friends and family ask where I’m off to next, I tell them I’m “home for the holidays,” and this invariably brings a smile to their faces.
Steve Jobs and Henry Ford both famously went on record saying that customers are incapable of helping discover the next blockbusters because they don’t know what they want. Were they right or wrong?