Last year, I ran across an nice blog on innovation from Egypt. One of the posts was called “We are not intelligent enough for creation.” The author explains how Egyptian innovation is not valued by Egyptians:
“The Egyptian Consumers perception of an Egyptian made invention is not positive if not negative. An Egyptian invention has to climb a steep ride to be given a chance & put into use. In comparison to an international brand the odds of an Egyptian brand or idea succeeding are very low simply due to the fact that one of them is Egyptian. That is not to say that Egyptian Innovation is perfect. Believe it or not the major cause of that is not the international market or demands; it is the Egyptian innovator, executive, and consumer. Each one of these individuals, contribute to this perception with their lack of belief in an Egyptian made innovation.”
I don’t believe it’s a matter of not being intelligent enough to innovate (and neither does the blog author). As he says, people in Egypt (I would say most Middle East countries) don’t believe they are good at creating new things.
My question to you is… how can we get past this belief that we can’t innovate? Or should we even try?
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Kamal Hassan is President and CEO of Innovation 360 Institute, an innovation management and operation advisory group based in Dubai. Mr. Hassan works with public and private organizations on business model innovation, innovation strategy, innovation project execution and organizational change. He leads international workshops on Business Model Innovation. www.i360institute.com.