Innovation Quotes of the Week – July 28, 2013

by Mari Anixter

Innovation Quotes of the Week – July 28, 2013 This week we continue a featured series of some of our favorite innovation-related quotes. Click on author name to link 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.

“If the Internet were everything it is cracked up to be, we would all stay home and be brilliantly witty and insightful. Yet with so much contradictory information available, there is more reason to travel than ever before; to verify, to smell, to touch, to taste, to hear, and sometimes – importantly – to suffer the effects of this curiosity.”

– Paul Theroux, from Scott Bowden

“Landing pages could be described as the ultimate web design challenge.”

Rob Toledo

“Quite clearly, investors have figured out that cost cutting and acquisitions are not the way to sustainable, profitable growth.”

Scott Edgett

“Want to be more Innovative? Live in a free country!

Eugene Ivanov

“The response is mind-boggling.  More than half of the firms surveyed just take prices from their competitors.”

Tim Kastelle

“The key to unlocking the next wave of economic growth may be as simple as enabling more people to try more stuff.”

Saul Kaplan

“Not only is innovation an imperfect science, it is more effective and returns greater value in its imperfection.”

Jeffrey Phillips

“Whenever you put up obstacles in front of your employees to block their ideas, you never know what you’re blocking out.”

Lola Olson

“Developing a Framework for Responsible Innovation is a valuable read for the open minded innovator who’s aims include averting a sticky situation in the near or distant future!”

Jonny Hankins

“We’ve learned that the crowd can also offer an unorthodox solution in developing innovative and disruptive ideas, particularly ones focused on tackling complex, large-scale social issues.”

Ahmad Ashkar, CEO and Founder of the Hult Prize

But if the history of innovation teaches us anything it is that there is not just one correct answer to life’s real problems. There is always a different way. There is a better way to board an airplane, to treat cancer, to manage public finances – we just have not found them yet. And when we do implement better ways they will be subject to improvement and replacement too.”

Paul Sloane

“Metrics measure outputs, and managing with output metrics is like driving a car while looking in the rear view mirror. But that’s what we do. But what about managing the inputs?”

Mike Shipulski


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Innovation Quotes of the Week – July 28, 2013Mari Anixter is Managing Editor for Innovation Excellence. She is a communications professional living in the Boston area.

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