Innovation Quotes of the Week – July 22, 2012

by Mari Anixter

Innovation Quotes of the Week - July 16, 2012This week we continue a featured series of some of our favorite innovation-related quotes. Click on author name for access to their article. And, please contribute your favorite innovation quotes in the comments and we’ll feature the best submissions in next week’s Innovation Quotes of the Week!


“State-of-the-art is limited by state-of-mind.”

Mike Shipulski


The ultimate irony in the Agile system is that it actually requires more rigor than traditional systems; it’s just that this rigor is applied to a system that can encourage and promote individual contributions and interconnectivity rather than to the system itself.”

– James Daugherty


“The names we give items also creates a barrier to innovative thinking.”

Drew Boyd


“Innovate like Monty Python.”

Donna Sturgess


“Men wanted for hazardous journey…long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.”

-Gijs van Wulfen


“Here is a report to rank international innovation competitiveness. It is notable that China does not do well – it comes in at number 64 with a score of 49.9.”

Paul Sloane


“Risk aversion makes us all feel ordinary.”

Paul Hobcraft


“One of the major difficulties regarding innovation is that it’s often confused with strategy. That’s a huge mistake.”

Greg Satell


“This is something that even Henry Ford missed.”

Jeffrey Phillips


“Open ended objects…inspire participants beyond words.”

Nicolas Bry


“When it comes to innovation, it is not as important whether you fail fast or fail slow or whether you fail at all, but how fast you learn.”

Braden Kelley


“Opportunity is missed by most people because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison


What are some of your favorite innovation quotes?

Add one or more to the comments, listing the quote and who said it, and we will share the best of the submissions as future Innovation Quotes of the Week!

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Mari AnixterMari Anixter is Managing Editor for Innovation Excellence. She is a communications professional living in New Mexico.