As an innovator I find that the incentive for organizations to take the risk is usually crisis. Not PR.
I have failed a lot and been punished a lot when the organization wasn’t in enough pain to want a pain in the ass around.
Conversely I have been patted on the back when the concept delivered had the potential to avert a major or minor disaster. In these instances the innovation is not so much the “what” but the “how” — can you help me get it done faster better cheaper or show me how we didn’t need to waste time on it in the first place?
Alternatively — can you explain someone else’s innovation to me in a way that I can understand it (CRYPTO!)
There is also huge role and appreciation for people who can mainstream other people’s innovation. Let’s face it the “what” is a dime a dozen, everybody’s got an idea, but not everybody has the skill to make it real.
Originally posted to LinkedIn 9/11/2017 by Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal, Ph.D. All opinions are the author’s own. This content is hereby released into the public domain.