Innovation Quotes of the Day – June 7, 2012


“It’s not that it isn’t happening; we see innovation all around us. But it strikes me that actual innovations are not as widely or evenly distributed as innovation initiatives are. It’s not that companies don’t want to innovate. It’s that they don’t have the stomach for it. As with everything in business, execution is everything. And execution is bloody hard.”

– Steve McKee


“Disruptive innovations often require employees do things in a new way, and that can be uncomfortable, even if it is only your employees imagining what you are going to ask them to help your customers imagine.”

– Braden Kelley


“Challenge your team to assess the strength and clarity of ideas in the early stage pipeline and discard projects that don’t resonate with the consumer, rather than carrying them along in the name of “we need to show more ideas in the pipeline”. Advancing projects with weak consumer propositions increases your costs and takes the focus off of the projects that can make a difference to the outcome of the business.”

– Donna Sturgess


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About Braden Kelley

Braden Kelley is a Director of Design Thinking, Innovation and Transformation at Oracle, a popular innovation speaker, workshop leader, and creator of The Change Planning Toolkit™. He is the author of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons and Charting Change from Palgrave Macmillan. Braden has been advising companies since 1996, while living and working in England, Germany, and the United States. Braden earned his MBA from top-rated London Business School. Follow him on Twitter and Linkedin.
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