This week we continue a featured series of some of our favorite innovation-related quotes. Click on author name for access to the 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!
A shout out to Mitch Ditkoff who included this Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. quote in his 15 Excellent Quotes on Collaboration. Holmes (1808-1894) said this 100+ years ago:
“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.”
“Generative debating has the power to be intentionally disruptive.”
The Eight I’s of Infinite Innovation framework is designed to be a continuous learning process, one without end as the outputs of one round become inputs for the next round.”
– Braden Kelley, Feature of the Week
“Could an algorithm generate innovation?”
“True profitability is more than just making money, although the two concepts are often confused…It’s a very simple concept, but one that few managers understand.”
“Sometimes, for all their dangerous climbing and shimmying, the solvers are accused of not being team players.”
“Often the knowledge and skills needed to solve your problem exist elsewhere in the company. There was a saying in Hewlett Packard – ‘If only HP knew what HP knows!’ ”
“If your organization struggles to make timely decisions, start paying attention to how people dodge them.”
“This is one key way to rise up in the firm – to get recognized as someone who drives connectivity.”
“Sustainable innovation isn’t about either evolution or revolution – it’s about both/and.”
“Google is undoubtedly in the driver seat of its innovative internet bus.”
“It is a very ingenious way of becoming more productive. It is a productivity strategy, but it is also inspired some innovation-driving activities.”
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!
Mari Anixter is Managing Editor for Innovation Excellence. She is a communications professional living in New Mexico.