“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” Thomas Edison

A creative idea isn’t worth much until it is put to work in some way, and innovation is about putting ideas to work.

There is much demand for innovation, but many people say they can’t innovate because they are not creative. However, you can innovate around any idea you find anywhere. It doesn’t have to be your own idea. So anybody can be innovative by noticing an idea, and putting it to work.

Get curious about how things work, or how people do things, and then think about how you could use those processes/ideas elsewhere in a different context. That’s innovation.

Look for something today. What will you find? How will you use it?

Here are some false ideas that stop you being innovative.

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Consultant on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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