I spend an awful lot of time talking about change. Not the pennies and dimes kind of change, but the hard stuff…the let’s scribble all over this and look at it differently change. And let me be the first to tell you: people do not like that kind of change. I get it. It’s scary. Most of the time, at least in my line of work, talk of change evokes a trademark teacher move: the eye roll and sassy head crane, followed quickly with the oh, so you want me to reinvent the wheel? My answer is an emphatic no.
There is a basic misunderstanding between the words invention and innovation. I am stymied by this myself. I struggle with feeling compelled to find something “new and ground-breaking.” But the truth is, we’re not after new. We’re after iteration, refinement, touch-ups, and tweaks. That’s what allows us to improve. That’s what allows us to change…for the better.
So, let’s rally around INNOVATIVE CHANGE and use our powers for good to be the light we want to see.