An Innovator has an Obligation to… Share

by Kim Chandler McDonald

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Week 08 theme is “Share”

If, as George Carlin said, “An artist has an obligation to be en route”

Please complete this sentence: An innovator has an obligation to…

– Share. Joseph H. Jones, Program Manager | Engineering Director | Capture and Proposal Leader

– An innovator has an obligation to wonder, share and act.Andrea Caulfield, Technology Watch Analyst at BDC

– Share it with mankind. today we are getting a lot out of our world. Benvenuti Giacomo, CTO at 3D-Oxides

– Share their Vision(s). – Tom Secreto, CTO at Valid Technologies

– Share their knowledge and talk too much about their thinking. If they are not able to do that well then they have an obligation to find a friend who can serve in that role with them. Crispin Garden-Webster, Industrial Psychologist at Takatuf Oman LLC. Oman Oil Company

There are three impacts we hope to have.  One, we’d like folks to get gutsier about opening up the challenges they’re taking on to experts who don’t work for them.  I’m not talking about crowd-sourcing, of which I remain wary.  I’m talking about bringing together the smartest, most talented folks you can get to weigh in on the problem you’re trying to solve.  Two, we’d like more people to share what they learn.  There is way too much stock put in intellectual property, in the specialness of ideas.  We share absolutely everything we’ve learned, in hopes that somebody out there, better positioned than we are, will take those learnings and do good with them.  Three, we’d like folks to identify and challenge the assumptions that underlie their everyday decision-making.  All too often, the strategy is sound, achievable and based on utter silliness.Jeff Leitner, Founder and Dean of Insight Labs

innovative tools do more than create a medium for businesses to learn more about, and from, the endusers within their communities – and in doing so, create productive, high touch, high value networks, which will be the cornerstone of enduser engagement, which everyone is looking for.  They also enable the  empowered endusers to find, refine, define, share, manipulate and mesh information – in particular their own information.Excerpt from the author’s essay, Innovating from the E-Conomy to the ME-Conomy, from Innovation: How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World

Author note: Innovation: How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World has been nominated for a Small Business Book of the Year award. If you’ve enjoyed the excerpts I hope you’ll do me the honour of giving your vote for Innovation here.

Editor’s note: If you would like to ‘have your say’, feel free to join in by sharing your thoughts below, and on the Innovation Excellence LinkedIn group forum!

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Kim Chandler McDonald is author of Innovation: How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World (available in print as an industry-first, SmartMark enabled, Online Ecosystem), as well as the Co-Founder and Flat World Navigator at KimmiC, a company specializing in  leading edge innovations such as FlatWorld™ – digital technology that empowers end users to easily capture, collaborate and capitalize on ideas, information and knowledge assets.

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  1. Marshall Barnes

    Kim:

    1. In how many different areas in your own professional career life have you applied what you know about innovation? (just talking about innovation doesn’t count)

    2. Out of those areas, how many significant breakthroughs have you had?

    Thanks…

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