Show findcourses.com as: Mobile
Jolt #1 - Embrace Inovation as a Verb, not a Noun

Jolt #1 - Embrace Inovation as a Verb, not a Noun

This Jolt is an excerpt from a forthcoming book by Debra R. Miller and William C. Miller of Values Centered Innovation

"Everything is a prototype... that can always be improved!"

-- Charlie Hill, Chief Technology Officer of IBM Design

Defining innovation as a noun makes it static as if it were only “this” or “that.” It creates a shallow understanding in which only a select few get to innovate, and even fewer get credit for innovating.

Embracing innovation as a VERB makes it dynamic, continually in process, interconnected and fluid— never static. 

Being innovative, thinking innovatively, and acting innovatively all describe the ways in which every person can play in this ever-evolving, dynamic flow of innovating.

While innovation as a noun can be a signpost to lead your way, innovation as a verb provides the energy, enthusiasm, and authentic action to get you there.

In those awe-inspiring moments when you let go of the burden of defining and defending a fixed definition of innovation, you expand to a more alive, deeper, and wiser place. From that place, everyone can participate in the process, whether or not they participate in the end product.

To break through the busy-ness of daily work with vibrant, innovative solutions, the first step is a change of mindset.


 Now it's your turn! Try on this Mindset Jolt in your own life and work using the Conscious Innovator® process:

  • Become aware - What is 1 new awareness you have about yourself, others, and your situation?
  • Identify your capability - What is 1 personal value and 1 strength you can draw from and put into practice?
  • Take versatile action - What is 1 action you can take to apply your awareness and capability in ways you have not thought of before?

Try our 1-hour free mini-courses to supercharge your innovation capabilities!

Browse innovation training from Values Centered Innovation

Last updated: 17 Oct 2022
Debra and William Miller
Guest Authors and Founders, VCI

You might also be interested in:

Last updated: 10/17/2022

Jolt #9 – Motivate Innovation by Giving, Not Getting

What motivates your innovation-- Is it giving or is it greed? Read on to uncover which thinking adds more to your innovation process and how you can make the mindset shift.

Read more
Last updated: 10/19/2022

Jolt #22 – Invest in a New Paradigm, Not Just a New Strategy

Need a "jolt" to spark some innovative thinking? Innovation expert, VCI, explains shifting paradigms and how to optimize them as a guide for creating a culture of out-of-the-box thinking.

Read more
Last updated: 10/17/2022

Can Project Managers Really be Innovative?

Values Centered Innovation co-founder, Debra R. Miller, participated on a conference panel relating to Project Management and Innovation. Read her thought-provoking answers to 4 key questions.

Read more
Last updated: 10/17/2022

4 Ways to Increase Your Risk-Taking, While Lowering Your Risks

Taking risks can be a daunting proposition. However, taking risks can lead to a more innovative business that can keep you at the forefront of your industry. So how can you increase your risk-taking, while lowering your risks?

Read more
Last updated: 10/19/2022

Jolt #16 – Practice Brain-Stilling, not Just Brain-Storming

Ready to see what's next in innovation? Read this Jolt from VCI on the power of brain-stilling in innovation and then try on this Process Jolt in your own life and work using the Conscious Innovator® process.

Read more

top10_DEI

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion courses

See the list

L&DReport2022

Our newsletter
Leave your email and stay updated on professional training