Samurai Definition of Innovation

How do you define innovation?

I was recently with a high level group of business people and senior executives of a prominent company.  The focus of the day was to develop further insights as to how these leaders want to strengthen and grow their business in the coming decade.  A very forward thinking group indeed.

Naturally, at one point, the conversation shifted to the concept of innovation.  Upon further discussion, the group of executives all agreed that innovation was largely derived from the development and implementation of new technology.How do you define innovation?

After much conversation about how this firm would continue to lead their industry by developing innovation, I asked them to go further than simply defining innovation as gains in technology.

The results from the discussions indicated that people commonly associate the following items with the term innovation:

  • Technology
  • Problem solving
  • Process driven
  • Creative solutions

Definition of Innovation

At Samurai Innovation, we have our own definition of innovation.  We define innovation as:

“being able to bring possibility thinking to solve old or recurring problems with new ideas and techniques”

The commercial benefits of the samurai definition of innovation is that innovation breeds growth and yields trust and profitability.  The key in the last sentence is “ability”.  Your results from seeking and implementing innovation in your business will come from you and your firm’s ability to search for, refine and try new possibilities matched with new techniques of solving old or recurring problems.

Often times, this process doesn’t cost huge amounts of time and resources to do so.  It only requires the willingness to ask new questions and seek out new answers from sources you may never have considered before.  People are willing to be stakeholders and collaborators in solving old and recurring problems so that we can all benefit and move onto other unique challenges and opportunities in life and in business.

Innovation Questions

What is one recurring or old problem that your business hasn’t yet solved?

Where have you not looked for a possible solution?

How many people have you collaborated with to find a solution?

Try organizing a new group of stakeholders.  Try to bring out at least 20 new possibilities to solve the problem.  Somewhere in the 20 exists a solution or a combination of a few for the one solution.

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Shane Fielder

I am a grower of human capability and a business builder. The best part of my life is helping people become stronger and develop their skills, talents and character in order to lead powerful lives. I have had the great privilege to study under some of the greatest minds of business, leadership, health and fitness along with the most talented Martial Arts instructors. My passion is helping people to become even more powerful in life than they already are.

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