When most of us think about innovation or people who are innovative, what are the words and images that come to mind? Einstein, Edison, Franklin, Jobs, Watson, Drucker, and others? If so, you aren’t alone…I came up with the same kind of list.
But as we embark on discovering simple innovative ideas that lead to change through Simplivative and our own efforts, I am discovering that innovation is hiding in every nook and cranny of our business and in your business. It is everywhere. It is in our newest recruit all the way to our 30 year employee. I was never more reminded of this than when I watched the video, Caines Arcade .
Caines Arcade has two messages – both about innovation. As you watch the video, you will see how innovative Caine was in how he created his Arcade – amazing to say the least. But you will also see a different kind of innovation which brought the Arcade to life – I won’t spoil the ending for you but just watch how this all came together. I do have to warn you that this is about a 10 minute video and you will want to watch it all in one sitting. So if you don’t have time now, please come back when you do – it will be worth the time.
It was a great reminder that we have lots of innovative people in the walls of our own business. Being able to find them, empower them with the freedom to innovate, and reward it as part of our culture is not an easy task – but necessary. I would love to know what you thought of Caine’s Arcade and any other thoughts or experiences you have in how we can pull these kind of innovative ideas from our own people. Again, the more we can share, the better we all get – and faster!