The biggest challenge when looking at creativity and innovation is understanding the difference between the two. It is such a misunderstood area that even business leaders have trouble distinguishing between the two.
He spoke about two two things to create an innovative culture:
Innovation requires diversity. You need to bring together different kinds of people to get new ideas.
Innovation requires borderless thinking.
I understand what he means, but he is not talking about innovation, he is talking about creativity. There are many definitions of innovation – here are two:
“the successful exploitation of new ideas” (Department of Trade and Industry, UK).
“change that creates a new dimension of performance” Peter Drucker (Hesselbein, 2002)
So, here are my two definitions:
Creativity = the pure generation of new ideas.
Innovation = the implementation of any idea.
Innovation does not start until the creativity process ends. You can see this in the following model:
If you have a different definition then please add a comment below –
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