Innovation is a process of finding and defining internal and external needs, developing solutions to address those needs, and successfully implementing those solutions.
The needs – or problems to be solved – can be found across a broad spectrum of areas, including, but not limited to technology, products, markets, packaging, design, manufacturing processes, new business models and new ways to go-to-market.
The innovation process and the mental skills that make it work can be learned and become a daily habit that results in ongoing creative disruption and problem solving.
Everyone can take part in this innovation process. Once learned and understood, it can be used in every department and by people at every level of an organization.
People and organizations that recognize the process of innovation and build proficiency in the necessary skills and mental habits are rewarded with an improved ability to find, define and creatively solve problems.